Germany: Berlin Program

Summer Study Abroad Program

Five-week summer immersion program in German language and culture at the BSI Private Language School in central Berlin.

Few cities match the historical importance of Berlin. Berlin served as the capital of Prussia, of the German Empire, The Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and now after forty years of division, of the unified Germany. As the crossroads between eastern and western Europe, today’s Berlin is one of Europe’s most energetic capitals and offers students limitless educational and social opportunities. As part of UNH’s short study program in Berlin, students experience a cosmopolitan city. Youthful, artistic, and hip, Berlin has become a mecca for artists and intellectuals from Germany, Europe, and the world. Berlin offers a large selection of museums, art galleries, theaters, and a vibrant nightlife. A center for business, politics, and culture, Berlin is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century.

Program dateS

May 29 - July 3, 2019

Information Session

Tues, Jan 29, 1 - 2pm, 202 Murkland
Thurs, Feb 14, 1 - 2pm, 202 Murkland

Application Deadline

February 28, 2019

Deposit deadline

March 11, 2019

How to apply Financial Aid/scholarships

Contacts

Jim Parsons
COLA Study Abroad Coordinator
Email: james.parsons@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-3962

Charles Vannette
Assistant Professor of German
Berlin Program Director
Email: charles.vannette@unh.edu

At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least 12 credits earned at UNH
    • Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
  • A declared major
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
  • Good standing with the Student Conduct System
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.

Students do not need to have taken German coursework to do the program.

Spend your summer living and studying in one of Europe's great cities - while improving your knowledge of German language and culture. The UNH Berlin Program offers students an exciting faculty-guided international opportunity. Program benefits include:

  • Earn 4 or 8 credits towards a German major or minor (satisfy WC Discovery with 8 credits)
  • Live and study in Kreuzberg - one of Berlin's most interesting and liveable neighborhoods
  • Weekly cultural and historical visits in Berlin
  • Open to students at all language levels - from absolute beginner to advanced
  • Travel with other UNH students and faculty
  • On-campus preparation and support

 

Coursework

In this 5-week program, students earn either 4 or 8 credits. Students enroll in one or both of the following 4-credit courses: 

1) German language course (Required of all participants). Students will receive eighty hours of intensive language instruction at the appropriate level (elementary, intermediate, or advanced) at the BSI Private Language School in central Berlin. No prior German language study is required. On designated weekday afternoons, students will gather for cultural excursions and discussions with the on-site UNH faculty member. Students enrolling for 4 credits can receive the UNH German Program language course equivalent of one semester of language study (ex. GERM 401, 402, 503, 504, 631, or 632). This course is treated as transfer credit meaning the grade will not impact a student's GPA at UNH and a student must receive at least a "C" to earn credit at UNH.

2) GERM 525: Intro to German Culture and Civilization (optional, but strongly encouraged). This UNH faculty-taught course will give students an understanding of modern Germany through weekly readings, visits to culturally and historically important sites in Berlin, and discussions. The course is taught in English and satisfies the World Cultures Discovery Category. UNH credit. Students who have already taken GERM 525 can enroll in a 700-level German course taught by the UNH faculty-in-residence.

Optional Extended Study in Berlin

Students may extend their stays in Berlin over the summer and independently enroll in additional German language coursework at BSI or FUBiS (advanced language only).

Important information about optional extended language study

Few cities match the historical importance of Berlin. Berlin served as the capital of Prussia, of the German Empire, The Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and now after forty years of division, of the unified Germany. As the crossroads between eastern and western Europe, today’s Berlin is one of Europe’s most energetic capitals and offers students limitless educational and social opportunities. As part of UNH’s short study program in Berlin, students experience a cosmopolitan city. Youthful, artistic, and hip, Berlin has become a mecca for artists and intellectuals from Germany, Europe, and the world. Berlin offers a large selection of museums, art galleries, theaters, and a vibrant nightlife. A center for business, politics, and culture, Berlin is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century.

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Summer school tuition and a course fee will cover instruction, course materials, excursions, and housing. In addition to the fee, you will need funds for meals, for all personal and incidental expenses, and for travel to and from Berlin. Note that the program fee below is estimated for 2019 and is subject to change.

  NH Resident, 4 credits Non-NH Resident, 4 credits NH Resident, 8 credits Non-NH Resident, 8 credits
UNH Summer Tuition $1,836 $2,024 $3,672 $4048 
Program Fee (estimated) $950 $950 $950 $950
Study Away Administration Fee $100 $100 $100 $100
International Health Insurance Fee $70 $70 $70 $70
Technology Fee $26 $26 $51.25 $51.25
Registration Fee $20 $20 $20 $20
Total Cost $3,002 $3,190 $4,863.25 $5,239.25

Housing and Meals

Students are housed with host families arranged by the BSI Language Institute. Most families live in modest apartments and are within commuting distance of the BSI Private Language School in Kreuzberg. Students arrange for their own meals but have access to the host family's kitchen. There are also numerous cheap food options in Berlin.

Other Inclusions

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Berlin
  • Meals
  • Books/supplies
  • Personal/miscellaneous costs

Payment Information and Refund Policy

Accepted students will be required to make a non-refundable $300 deposit payment by March 11, 2019.

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