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At CAS Summer in Berlin, students experience a cosmopolitan city that holds a complex and crucial place in modern European history. One can encounter this past not just in the city's many museums and in the memories of its inhabitants, but also in its architecture: the palaces of the baroque, rococo and romantic periods, the monumental government buildings and workers' tenements of the Wilhelminian Empire, the massive ministries and Olympic Stadium of the Third Reich, ruins from World War II, the showcase developments-and the Wall-constructed during the Cold War.

Today, Berlin is at a particularly exciting moment of transition, reclaiming its historical role as Germany's capital and as the political, cultural, and economic intermediary between Eastern and Western Europe. Massive construction projects reflect this development and offer some of the most exciting new architecture in the world. Berlin is a thoroughly modern but affordable city with outstanding museums and a lively theatre and music scene; it also has an efficient public transportation system, an international cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife.


The academic program, built around Berlin's rich culture, immerses students in the life and language of the city. For those interested in language study, Summer in Berlin offers German courses at all levels of instruction, based on sufficient enrollment per course. In addition, content courses provide students with the option of exploring through walking tours and site trips both the historical past and exciting present of Germany’s capital, of delving into the city’s exciting interwar art scene, or of gaining a uniquely German perspective on terrorism.

Study of German language is recommended, but not required.  Students can choose to take two content courses taught in English. An Independent Study course permits students, if they so desire, to engage in a research project or learning experience of their own design.


All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Housing is located in NYU’s newly opened residence in Kreuzberg, just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie in an emerging art scene neighborhood studded with galleries. The NYU in Berlin academic center in the KulturBrauerei is a converted former brewery complex in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. It is a multi-story building featuring classrooms, offices, art studio space, a lounge and a computer lab.


Aside from excursions in and around the city of Berlin, students will take a day trip to Dresden, and a weekend trip to Prague. In Prague, students will explore the traces of three cultures-Czech, German, and Jewish-on a three-day weekend.


All students must register for 8 points.


Language Courses

Conducted in German. Open only to students with no previous training in German; others require permission of the department. Sample syllabus.

A continuation of Elementary German I.
Prerequisite: Elementary German I or equivalent.
Conducted in German. Sample syllabus.


This first intermediate course stresses the acquisition and practice of more sophisticated written and spoken German. The focus is on expanding conversational skills, but the course also includes guided composition practice, vocabulary work, and grammar review. Open to students who have completed the equivalent of one year of elementary language instruction and to others on assignment by placement examination. Conducted in German. Sample syllabus.

Identical with GERM-UA 4
A continuation of Intermediate German I.
Prerequisite: Intermediate German I or equivalent.
Conducted in German. Sample syllabus.

Designed to permit post-Intermediate students to perfect their German while in Berlin.
Conducted in German. Sample syllabus.

Content Courses

Cross listed with SOC-UA 9460 and HIST-UA 9460.
Examines the legacy of post-war division (1945-1989) through visits to sites in both formerly communist East Berlin and non-communist West Berlin. Explores the cosmopolitan reality of contemporary Berlin through trips to diverse neighborhoods and discussions with community representatives and public officials. Sample syllabus.


Cross listed with HIST-UA 9133 and POL-UA 9133.

This course explores the remnants of Hitler’s capital and the crimes planned within it through visits to historical sites in contemporary Berlin including the former Luftwaffe and Propaganda ministries, the 1936 Olympic Stadium, the Wannsee Conference villa, Plötzensee Prison, Sachsenhausen concentration camp and several surviving bunker complexes. Readings will center on diaries and memoirs of Berlin life between 1933 and 1945 written from a variety of perspectives: that of an American journalist, a young Jewish woman, and an aristocratic member of Berlin high society. Sample syllabus



Thomas Ertman, Ph.D., Harvard University


Berlin, Germany

2016 Dates

July 6 - August 16




German, History

NYU School

College of Arts and Science

“The program was the perfect balance of academics while making the most of the cultural and social factors Berlin has to offer.”


NYU Global Programs
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Program Director

Thomas Ertman, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Sociology, NYU
Thomas Ertman has led the Summer in Berlin Program since 2005 and from 2005 until 2009 he directed NYU's semester program in Berlin. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and at NYU teaches courses on 19th and 20th century Germany and on the sociology of the arts.

2016 Costs

8 points are required for undergraduate students to participate in this program.  
Undergraduate Tuition: $7,792
Program & Activities Fee: $500
Required International Health Insurance: $74.16 for 6 weeks of coverage during the program.
Housing: Single (very few available) $2,021; Double $1,889; Double with bunk beds $1,779.
PLEASE NOTE: All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are billed a standard housing rate in the spring. Housing charges will be adjusted at the end of the program based on actual housing assignments, which may result in an additional charge or credit issued in the late summer.
There is an additional registration and services fee of $404.


The following additional expenses should also be considered when budgeting for the Summer in Berlin program. Please note that these are only general estimates. Interested students are encouraged to conduct their own research.

Round-Trip Flight from New York: $1,290.00 - $1,800.00

Local Transportation
Short Taxi Ride: $11.00 - $17.00
Public Transport, per ride: $2.00 - $3.50

Inexpensive Lunch: $5.00 - $14.00
Inexpensive Dinner: $9.00 - $21.00

Cell Phone
Prepaid Cell Phone: $15.00 - $30.00
Sim Card: $5.00 - $10.00

External Accommodations
Hostel room, per night: $10.00 - $30.00
Hotel room, per night: $35.00 - $110.00

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