Summer in Berlin
Summer in Berlin course offerings are being held remotely for summer 2021.
Available courses are on this dedicated list and are also reflected below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.
Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad programs. Please make sure to check if your course times will be held in the New York (EDT) or Berlin (CEST) time zone.
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."
There is no application process for summer 2021. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2021 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Visiting students wishing to participate in courses will first need to apply to NYU 2021 summer session through University Programs. Following admission, visiting students will be directed to NYU Albert to register.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 credits
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.
CORE-UA 9556 Cultures and Contexts: Germany - Ertman - 4 credits
This course seeks to introduce students to modern German culture through the works of emblematic figures whose ideas and art have helped shape, for good and for ill, that culture over the past century and continue to do so to 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 Schiller and Goethe, together considered the country’s equivalent to Shakespeare. Heinrich Heine, one of the greatest poets in the German language, also defended Enlightenment ideas under the very different political conditions of the German Vormärz.
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. From music and philosophy, we turn to literature and sample prose works by two of Germany’s greatest novelists, Theodor Fontane and Thomas Mann.
Finally, we turn to the traumas of 20th century German history as reflected in the work of an historical witness, Ruth Andreas-Friedrich. Sample syllabus (PDF)
CORE-UA 9763 Expressive Cultures: Art and Politics in 20th Century Germany - Ertman - 4 credits
This course examines the relationship between the arts and politics in 20th century Germany by focusing on film and literature under two very different regimes: the democratic Weimar Republic (1919-1933) and communist East Germany (1945-1989). We will do so by viewing seminal films like Nosferatu, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, M: A City Searches for a Murderer, The Murderers Are Among Us and Goodbye Lenin. We will also read together several significant novels from both eras: Joseph Roth’s The Spider’s Web, Vicki Baum’s Grand Hotel, Erich Kästner’s Going to the Dogs, Hans Fallada’s Nightmare in Berlin and Christa Wolf’s They Divided the Sky. Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Please note there is no housing or meals associated with Summer in Berlin for summer 2021.
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. 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