Berlin - Metropolitan Studies

IES Abroad

Program Description

Berlin - Metropolitan Studies

IES Abroad

berlin

Overview

Stroll through the streets of Berlin and around one corner you’ll see soaring modern buildings that incorporate cutting-edge sustainable technology. Around the next corner, you’ll see art galleries, cafés, and shops lining old cobblestone streets. As a city that has been built and rebuilt over the past century, Berlin remains a city of contrasts—and of innovation. Come and study abroad in Berlin, and experience the energy and excitement of this amazing city. Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, you study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies to better understand the development of the city and its culture. Berlin will also be your classroom. Imagine touring Berlin’s neighborhoods and exploring the city’s architecture as you learn about metropolitan development and urban planning. Or attending and then discussing a local theater event as part of your pop culture class. Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include a hands-on, practical component. In addition, your learning is enhanced by extended course-related trips to Paris, France, or St. Petersburg, Russia, that provide a comparative context for your studies. In these cities, you tour neighborhoods, visit museums, attend lectures, and meet with local university professors to discuss the topics you’re learning about. We want you to feel at home in Berlin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies
  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
  • Program Credits: 16-19 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel. To ensure that you are abiding by German laws and regulations, contact your IES Abroad advisor if you plan to arrive in Europe before the start date of your program or to depart Europe later than the end date of your program. Fall 2017

  • Arrival: Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Departure: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Spring 2018

  • Arrival: Early February
  • Departure: Late May

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Metropolitan Studies, Culture, Sociology, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Students will take 15-18 credits per semester. All courses are taught in English, excluding language courses, and are 3 credits. You will create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies core courses (required, minimum of 2)
  • IES Abroad German language course (optional)
  • International Affairs & Security Studies courses (optional, maximum of 2)

Courses This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account. Two week-long course-related excursions are integrated into all courses. Course-related excursion destinations are St. Petersburg and Paris. Art History US/AH 340 - Visual Culture and the Urban Landscape (Fall, Spring) Anthropology GE/AN 313 - Between Life and Death: Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring) Cultural Studies

  • SO/CU 330 - Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Impact of Pop Culture on the Modern Metropolis (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/CU 370 - The Question of Identity in Contemporary Europe (Fall, Spring)

Economics EC/IR 326 - Globalization and the City (Fall, Spring) Film Studies FS 317 - Transnational Cinema: Germany and the U.S. (Fall, Spring) Geography GE/AN 313 - Between Life and Death: Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring) German Language

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 401 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)

Gender Studies SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring) History SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring) International Business IB 315 - Management Theory and Practice (Fall, Spring) International Relations

  • EC/IR 326 - Globalization and the City (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 314 - At the Heart of Europe: Germany’s European and Global Challenges (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)

Marketing MK 316 - Introduction to Global Marketing (Fall, Spring) Political Science

  • PO/IR 314 - At the Heart of Europe: Germany’s European and Global Challenges (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)

Sociology

  • SO/CU 330 - Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Impact of Pop Culture on the Modern Metropolis (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/CU 370 - The Question of Identity in Contemporary Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/US 375 - Metropolitan Development: Urban Studies in Comparative Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • US/SO 366 - The Recycled and Fragmented City (Fall, Spring)

Urban Studies

  • SO/US 375 - Metropolitan Development: Urban Studies in Comparative Perspective (Fall, Spring)
  • US/AH 340 - Visual Culture and the Urban Landscape (Fall, Spring)
  • US/SO 366 - The Recycled and Fragmented City (Fall, Spring)

Course-Related Excursions We offer day excursions that complement your IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Past activities have included:

  • Tours of Berlin’s multicultural neighborhoods to examine topics of religion, migration, youth culture, and demographics
  • Tours of art and advertising found on Berlin’s public transportation
  • Attendance at a soccer game
  • Walking tours of the Stolpersteine Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Cemetery
  • Architectural tours of Potsdamer Platz and former East Berlin
  • Lectures at the American Chamber of Commerce
  • Meetings with Berlin-based ambassadors of foreign countries

REQUIRED: A 7-day course-related excursion to Paris, France (Fall) or St. Petersburg, Russia (Spring) allows you to learn first-hand about the challenges facing these dynamic cities.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home. We offer you the unique experience of living with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents or families. Most housing is in apartments. Students usually prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Student Life

Orientation The program begins with a four-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Berlin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Berlin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. The week following orientation is divided between intensive German language instruction and a series of lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Berlin and Germany. The language intensive period ends with an optional field trip to Potsdam or another nearby city. Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through our cultural events, which may include visits to:

  • Concert halls and opera houses
  • German history museums
  • Jewish Museum
  • German Parliament

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • No previous German language study is required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter Germany. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.

Cost

Fall 2017

  • Tuition: $14,000
  • Housing: $3,100
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $17,330

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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