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UTSA in Berlin

UTSA in Berlin

June 15 - July 5, 2017


3 credit hours in GER 4213 or CSH 1213

German language skills not required



This course will provide students with the unique opportunity to experience contemporary life in Berlin firsthand while also gaining greater insight into this city’s and Germany’s rich history and cultural offerings.

Berlin, one of the most vibrant and important cities in all of Europe, has so much to offer! As the capital of Germany and the site of so much history, it is also home to a thriving arts and food scene, is fabulously multi-cultural, and has some of the best nightlife in Europe.  

There is so much to experience, and this study abroad sets out to explore as much of it as possible!

This five-week course is divided into two segments. During the first two weeks, we will meet at UTSA in order to prepare for our trip abroad through readings and discussions. German language skills are not a prerequisite – all texts and class discussions will be in English. Although a few sentences of German will be taught before setting out for Germany, so that you won’t feel too lost.

The remaining three weeks of the semester will be spent in Berlin, out exploring all the city has to offer. Lodging will be at a hostel in the gorgeous Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, a hip part of town with lots of restaurants, cafés, and bars, and very central: perfect for exploring the rest of the city!

While in Berlin, we will explore Berlin’s street art scene and visit the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Pergamon Museum.

We will explore Berlin’s Jewish history through visits to the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish Museum.

We will also explore aspects of Berlin’s role during WWII through a visit to the Topography of Terror, and explore what perhaps makes Berlin most interesting: its role as a divided city during the Cold War, visiting the East Side Gallery, the Gedenkstätte Bernauer St, and the Stasi archives.

To get a sense of Berlin today, we will also tour neighborhoods, visit open-air markets, spend an afternoon volunteering in a community garden, and go to the Prater, a beautiful beer garden.

To round out the experience and get to see some of the other highlights of Germany, we will also take three daytrips:

To nearby Potsdam, to tour Schloss Sanssouci and the Dutch district. Sanssouci is considered Germany’s equivalent to the famed French palace of Versailles and is gorgeous! A must see!

We will also go to Orianienburg to visit the Gedenkstätte Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp and now memorial site, in order to address the horrors of the Nazi regime.

And we will take a trip to Dresden in order to explore the city and tour the famous baroque Frauenkirche, one of the most striking places of worship in Germany that had been completely destroyed during the war, left in ruins, and only recently reconstructed.

Along with journal entries, you will complete a final project that will be tailored to each student and their field of study and areas of interest.

The program in Berlin also allows time for free days to explore on your own, and also time to work on the final projects. Students are welcome to stay in Germany longer, after the program has ended, in order to travel around Germany and the rest of Europe.

You can register under GER 4213 in order to earn upper-level German credit, or as CSH 1213, which earns core curriculum credit.

Contact: Dr. Sara Budarz, MH 4.02.06 or call the Modern Languages Department at 210-458-4377.

Language: No knowledge of German is required, but the experience is recommended for German language students. German language students can earn language credit for the study tour.

Price: TBD

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to eligible students; Scholarships range from $300-$3600.

Eligibility: All students with 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible.