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 program was the perfect balance of academics while making the most of the cultural and social factors Berlin has to offer."
December 1 - Application Launch
February 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation
*Please note that we are now only accepting Summer in Berlin applications for wait list consideration in summer 2019*
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology
The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.
|2019 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points||$7,784|
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points
|Program & Activities Fee||
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
Single (very few available)
Double with bunk beds
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs page.
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.
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.
This course seeks to introduce students to modern German culture through the works of seven emblematic figures—both positive and negative—whose ideas have helped shape, for good and for ill, that culture over the past century and continue to do so in varying degrees in our own day. We begin with Lessing and Kant, Enlightenment thinkers whose values in part provide the legitimacy for today’s democratic Federal Republic of Germany, then turn to the ambiguous universal genius Goethe, long considered the country’s equivalent to Shakespeare but whose relationship to enlightened values is far from clear.
Next we examine the case of Richard Wagner, perhaps the most influential artistic figure of the 19th century, who saw his own masterpieces of music drama as proof of German cultural superiority and whose theoretical writings provided the basis for the racist national socialist theory of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, first a supporter and then a vocal opponent of Wagner, was also later idealized by the Nazis, though his writings attacked and even ridiculed the German nationalism of his day. We then analyze the self-presentation, as found in Mein Kampf, of Adolf Hitler himself, the impact of whose life and horrific deeds continues to cast a shadow on an almost daily basis over Germany.
Finally, we turn to the great, recently deceased East German writer Christa Wolf, who for most of her life fervently believed that her communist homeland was the "better Germany," even while illustrating the reality and human costs of this state in her novels. Extensive readings from all of these figures will be supplemented by lecture tours through relevant areas of greater Berlin and an extended day trip Weimar and Leipzig. Sample syllabus
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, 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.
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 Berlin, students will take a day trip to another German city 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.
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology Director of CAS Summer in Berlin