Summer in Berlin
2022 Program Dates
Student Arrival: To be confirmed
Student Departure: To be confirmed
*Please note that housing is provided for the exact dates of the program. If a student wishes to arrive earlier or depart later, the student will need to find their own accommodations.
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."
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Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits||$12,664|
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits
|Program & Activities Fee||
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 6 week program
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.
Built around Berlin's rich culture, students are immersed 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. Please note that there are classes held on Fridays.
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.
GERM-UA 9003 Intermediate German I - Staff - 4 credits
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 (PDF)
GERM-UA 9004 Intermediate German II - Staff - 4 credits
Identical with GERM-UA 4. A continuation of Intermediate German I.
Prerequisite: Intermediate German I or equivalent. Conducted in German. Sample syllabus.
CORE-UA 9556 Cultures and Contexts: Germany - Ertman - 4 credits
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 (PDF)
GERM-UA 9293 Exploring Historical and Contemporary Berlin - Staff - 4 credits
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 (PDF)
SOC-UA 9133 Comparative Modern Societies: The Third Reich and the Holocaust in Berlin - Ertman - 4 credits
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 (PDF)
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 and artsy neighborhood studded with galleries. CAS Summer in Berlin housing does not include a meal plan.
To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Berlin page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific.
Aside from excursions in and around Berlin, students may visit Weimar and Leipzig, and an overnight trip to Prague is planned. In Prague, students can explore the traces of three cultures-Czech, German, and Jewish-on a three-day weekend.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Germany
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Germany
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology Director of CAS Summer in Berlin