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Berlin, Germany

June 2–July 14, 2018

The Berlin summer program offers intensive German language instruction and a selection of subject courses offered at the Lankwitz campus of the Freie Universität Berlin as well as a range of activities and excursions to sites in and around Berlin and to cities in eastern Germany. Students may elect to take two units of intensive language instruction or combine one unit of semi-intensive language instruction with a subject course taught in English or German. Course options are described below. For all courses, the city of Berlin will serve as an extended classroom and instructors will incorporate field trips to enhance students’ cultural knowledge and proficiency.


The official capital of reunified Germany since 1991, Berlin is a city in a continuous state of becoming, with its interplay of the finished and unfinished, old and new. It is a city of politics, culture, history and rich diversity, with a myriad of things to see and do. In addition to celebrated museums and theaters, Berlin also has more parks and lakes than any other city in Germany. Berlin boasts a vast and efficient public transportation system, allowing visitors to combine their interests in urban life with their desires to bask in the sun in one of the city’s many parks or by the shores of one of its lakes or waterways.

From its role as the cultural and political capital during Germany’s heyday as a European power to its position as an island of innovation, intrigue, and opportunity marking the division between East and West, today’s Berlin is a magnet for cultural enthusiasts, history buffs, artists, entrepreneurs and students from around the globe.

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Program participants from the University of Richmond will receive 2 units of academic credit for courses selected from one of the following sets of options.

1. Intensive language instruction (placement based on proficiency level):

  • GERM 101 Elementary German I
  • GERM 102 Elementary German II
  • GERM 201 Intermediate German I
  • GERM 202 Intermediate German II
  • GERM 305 German Grammar and Composition
  • GERM 402 Advanced German Conversation
  • GERM 404 Advanced German Composition and Syntax

Prior to the beginning of instruction, program participants will take a placement test to determine their level of proficiency in German. There will be a short oral interview on-site to confirm placement after students arrive in Berlin. Language instruction is entirely in German and taught by native speakers.

2. Semi-intensive language instruction + subject course:

  • One of the language courses listed above determined by proficiency level
  • HIST 299 ST: Seduction & Terror — Hitler’s Germany (taught in English)

In April 2018 there will be an on-campus orientation for Richmond students participating in the summer program. There will also be an on-site orientation after the students arrive in Berlin.

What's Included
  • 2 units of University of Richmond credit
  • course materials
  • on-site orientation
  • welcome and farewell buffet
  • home-stay accommodations and half-board
  • Berlin metropass
  • student ID for reduced prices at university dining facilities and cultural activity fees
  • on-site supervision by program director
Activities & Excursions
  • sight-seeing tours in Berlin
  • weekly film screenings
  • day trip to Leipzig

Program participants will be housed in private homes with carefully selected host families within normal commuting distance (20-40 minutes). Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family. For lunch during the week, participants can eat in the student cafeteria adjacent to the building where classes are held.

Round Trip Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own transportation to and from Berlin. Airfare and airport transfer costs are not included in the program fee. Participants should plan to arrive in Berlin on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and depart on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Application, Timeline & Fees

Application & Deposit: $300 nonrefundable deposit with application

  • Application DeadlineExtended to Friday, February 23, 2018!
  • 1st Payment: March 16
  • Final Payment: April 16

Cost: Approximately $6,400 (not including round-trip airfare to/from Berlin)

Submit payments in the Student Accounts office (payable to University of Richmond, designated Germany Study Abroad).

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Professor and Coordinator of German Studies
Associate Dean
East/West German Relations
German Cultural Studies
German Film
Holocaust Representation
Political Satire
Turkish German Comedy
Application Information

All interested students, both UR and non-Richmond, may apply online using Gateway Abroad, the same online application system used for semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

Follow this link to begin your online application:

  1. Select the Apply Now button/link
  2. UR students may log into the system using your UR netID and password
  3. Non-UR students should review the Non-Richmond Students instructions
  4. complete the online application and select your program

Contact Us

Office of Summer Studies
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays