STUDIENFORUM BERLIN e.V.
Berlin is the capital of unified Germany and is a metropolitan area where students are exposed to international and national political, cultural, and social issues on a daily basis. Berlin offers a rich Europe-centered environment with strong ties to America and the English language.
The Berlin Residential Program is a semester-long study abroad program in liberal arts offered each fall semester to sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any academic major, without or with prior knowledge of German, who want to internationalize their education in a non-English speaking country, and where English can be used in lecture courses, in the culture and in internship opportunities.
Berlin is among the very few Continental cities where this is possible. The academic program supports general education in the liberal arts and has been designed to satisfy most college and university graduation requirements. Berlin is the perfect place to teach the growth of national power, literary movements, the new European Union and the horrors of the Holocaust.
Academic Program Highlights
The courses assist students to enhance understanding contemporary issues in Europe, Germany, and Berlin with emphasis on issues dealing with the relationship between the eastern and western parts of Germany and with Central Europe. Courses and co-curricular experiences are designed to develop an increased understanding and respect for different cultural systems and to nurture the ability to interact competently and responsibly in an interdependent world.
The program makes optimal use of opportunities to integrate the curriculum with day-to-day events at the national level, which students witness firsthand. Assigned academic work incorporates interaction with national government agencies, worldwide organizations, artistic and cultural treasures, and provides a large multi-cultural context among representatives of hundreds of nations and political-ethnic groups around the world with representation in the capital.
All students are housed with families who speak English and who live exclusively in former West Berlin. Host families are expected to include the students in family events, which may include travel, cultural events, and family celebrations.
Students have access to scores of museums and art galleries, many of which are international and multi-cultural in nature, theaters, concert, and opera houses, and to the rich international and diplomatic communities.