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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/05/2018 03/12/2018 06/02/2018 06/30/2018
Program Description:

Honors in Berlin

Summer Study Abroad Program
June 2-30, 2018
Explore Berlin

About Berlin, Germany
The thriving global city of Berlin has always been a place of vigorous growth and change. These processes have transformed the city following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As a result of reasonable living costs, excellent public transportation, and immediate local access to parks and playgrounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices. Combining the best of old-world charm and edgy innovation, Berlin offers locals and visitors alike much to explore. From a benighted, divided city in the 1960s, Berlin has become one of Europe’s crown jewels.
The Academic Program
The Honors Berlin Program is designed to offer a rich, multidisciplinary experience for students seeking greater scholarly engagement in a dynamic city that is a fulcrum for the study of politics, history, and science. Taking advantage of the Berlin’s unique intellectual culture and unique history, the program offers courses that are meant to be taught in Berlin. Details of the courses are below – choose two of the three options and study in Berlin!

HISE 3910-01 - Imagining Berlin: Photography and the Making of a Metropolis
Marline Otte, Associate Professor, History

The rise of Berlin as a sprawling modern metropolis uncannily parallels the invention and rise of photography as a modern mass media. This class is interested in the many ways photographic representations of Berlin help us to understand past impressions of the city. Participants will be exposed to the exceptionally rich and iconic photographic history of Berlin through in-class presentations, discussions as well as regular visits of the many neuralgic sites in Berlin’s complex and ever changing urban landscape.
CELL (NCSI) 3320/6320 – Systems Neuroscience
Laura Schrader, Associate Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

This course will discuss the structure and function of the central nervous system. It is designed to provide a survey of the functional components of the nervous system and an understanding of the functional brain at a systems level. The course will specifically integrate aspects of neuroanatomy with physiology to allow association of brain areas with the various functions. Items to be discussed include the areas and mechanisms of the brain that process sensory and motor information.

POLS 3010 - Challenges to Community and Citizenship in Contemporary Europe
Mark Vail, Associate Professor, Political Science

This course will explore the evolution of debates about community and citizenship in Europe over the past decade, using Germany as both a national case study and a lens into broader debates about the political and economic foundations of the European Union. This will be achieved through class room lectures, guest lectures by German political scientists and political economists, and site visits to key political institutions inside and outside of Berlin.

All interested students are encouraged to apply!



  • Tuition (2 courses)
  • University & transcript fees
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup on program start date
  • Comprehensive medical & emergency insurance
  • Field trips and excursions, including to Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall Memorial, Bellevue in Tiergarten, Dresden and Potsdam
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Monthly transportation pass

Excursions and Accommodations
All courses have scheduled field trips and excursions, which include tours of the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, the Science Center Berlin Ottobock, Museum Island, as well as a Berlin Bike Tour, to name just a few. The group will also take  day trips to Potsdam and Dresden, and the program encourages exploration through independent travel as well.
Tulane students will live and learn at the Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE) Global Institute, located in the heart of diverse Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE) Global Institute provides a spacious residence hall featuring en-suite rooms, fully outfitted kitchens, as well as quiet study areas, a café, and other common spaces to do coursework, talk, read, and even learn some German.

For more information, contact
the Tulane Honors Program
Honors Program
Hébert Hall 105
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