Berlin is a global city, a centre for arts and politics, and a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. The city has seen amazing changes in the space of just a century, witnessing Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s Nazi regime, and being the frontline between East and West till November 1989 when Berliners joyfully marked the end of the Cold War as they climbed over the Berlin Wall. Though today the city is the capital of a country that features the largest economy and population within the European Union, life in Berlin has a surprisingly relaxed tempo and offers more space and fewer limitations to its inhabitants than most other capitals in the world. The city has always been a centre for the arts, often alternative culture and nightlife, yet you will also be amazed how quickly you can get away from urban areas and into green spaces and lakes.
NYU Berlin integrates the best aspects of the NYU experience, as a university “in and of the city,” while also promoting an immersion into German and European culture. NYU Berlin's courses are of the highest quality and rigour. We offer a mix of arts, environmental studies, European and German studies, history, mathematics, metropolitan studies, politics, sociology, drama and music. All courses are inspired by the vibrant city of Berlin and its turbulent past, and which we hope you will find inspiring. The content courses are complemented by German language classes for all levels, which make use of innovative and fun teaching methods. Courses are small and intimate, led by professors from Berlin’s renowned universities and institutions. NYU Berlin also organizes a wide selection of extracurricular activities, including educational trips for all students as well as interdisciplinary seminars.
As an historian, I see Berlin as a place where the most pressing issues of our time are constantly debated. You will be exposed to discussions about remembering and atoning for crimes committed decades ago, and how to conceive of ethical, political and civic responsibility in the 21st century, when “universal” principles are defined differently in different parts of the world. You can take part in debates on local and European integration policies and on rethinking citizenship in the heart of Europe, or in debates on the Euro rescue and on giving up nuclear energy in the EU.
At NYU Berlin our main goal is to provide you with the tools to think and act globally, understand the interconnectedness of systems, and play an active role in creating a more humane and sustainable world. Former students have described their time in Berlin as “absolutely invaluable,” “transformative,” and “the best thing that happened in my life so far.”
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Dr. Gabriella Etmektsoglou
Director, NYU Berlin
Global Professor, New York University