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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/06/2018
Rolling Admission 05/02/2018 05/12/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Evan Torner Program Additional Faculty: Tanja Nusser
Program Advisor: Cory Smith, Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

good stuffBerlin is a bustling 21st century metropolis and a city of small neighborhoods with winding cobble-stone streets. We will stay in a charming hostel that was once a 19th century factory in one of the most interesting, vibrant, diverse, and centrally-located neighborhoods in Berlin, steps from where the Wall once stood that divided the city in two.

Berlin’s diverse culture offers something for everyone, from opera to techno, from classical theater to avant-garde cabaret, from world-class museums to small art galleries, from 18th century palaces to modern shopping arcades.

This study tour is completely hands-on and interactive. All sessions take place on location-never in a class-room!

The tour is led by Professor Tanja Nusser of the Department of German Studies, and a native of Berlin. While in Berlin, you will receive personally guided tours covering such topics as: Berlin’s Historic Center, Jewish Berlin, the Wall, the new Government District, and Berlin’s Nazi Past. We will visit some of Berlin’s many world-class museums. Ample free time will be given to allow participants to explore Berlin on their own. Optional evening programs will include visits to cabaret, opera, and theater, as well as explorations of Berlin’s legendary nightlife.

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LocationColumns in Berlin


Berlin is a city of contrasts. It has served as the capital of Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the German Democratic Republic, and now the reunified Federal Republic of Germany. During the Cold War, the wall that ran through the middle of the city was the most powerful symbol of the division between East and West. On the night of November 9, 1989, the dismantling of that same wall became the symbol of the end of one era and the beginning of another. Today, Berlin is the capital of a reunified Germany and a metropolis that stands firmly at the center of a new Europe at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Who Can Participate?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

  • GRMN 2063- 001
Undergraduate students receive 1-3 credits for the study tour and completion of an independent project during the Fall Semester following the tour. This course also counts toward the German major and minor, and fulfills the Gen Ed and A&S distribution requirements.

All students in this program are required to enroll in GRMN 2063 for 1-3 credits for the Summer semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):


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Dr. Evan Torner (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst) is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also serves as Undergraduate Director of German Studies and the Director of the UC Game Lab. His fields of expertise include East German genre cinema, German film history, critical race theory, and science fiction. He is currently working on a monograph on a century of German science-fiction cinema and an edited handbook with Henning Wrage on the East German film legacy.

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Living Arrangements

10 day occupancy in Die Fabrik hotel in Kreuzberg, same as last year.
No air-conditioning, shared bathrooms, double rooms. Modern amenities and breakfast included.

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Getting ThereHorses

Students will purchase their own flights to Berlin Tegel (TXL) airport.
Students should arrive in Berlin no later than 5 pm on May 2, 2018.
The program ends on the morning of May 12, 2018.
Avoid Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport connections if at all possible.


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Program Costs

Program Cost: $1,900

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • International Airfare
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. Evan Torner
German Studies, 730 Old Chemistry
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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This program is currently not accepting applications.