Once at the frontlines of a deeply divided world, today Berlin has emerged as an open and diverse metropolis. Berlin is at the forefront of tackling some of the most pressing challenges of our time such as global climate change and the displacement of people worldwide.
In this program, students take two seminars on global environmental destruction and the European refugee crisis. Students also intern with a German organization that addresses either one of these challenges. Our local partner in Berlin is the world renowned Ecologic Institute, an environmental think tank.
The program also includes an intensive German class at the beginning of their time in Berlin.
Students will also explore Europe. Past trips included weekend-long visits to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Dessau.
Students will be housed in central Berlin apartments, shared by small groups of students.
CU Denver’s Semester in Berlin program is open to all CU Denver students, as well as non-CU Denver students in good academic standing. Non-CU Denver students are not eligible to receive CU Denver credit for the internship component of the program. However, non-CU Denver students are encouraged to seek credit for the internship through their home institution.
While in Berlin, students will take two Political Science courses taught in English, one German language course, and an internship, which accumulates to a total of 12 credits.
PSCI 4365/5365 - The Global Ecological Crisis
PSCI 4354/5354 - Environmental Politics and Policy
GRMN 2995 - Intro to German Language *Note that this course does not prepare students for GRMN 1020 at CU Denver; thus, students wishing to continue with German courses when they return from the program will need to complete GRMN 1010 the following fall. Graduate students may complete an independent study with Professor Stefes to obtain graduate credit for the German language course.
Non-CU Denver students need to be aware that they are not able to receive CU credit for their internship. However, they are encouraged to coordinate with their home universities to ensure that they receive credit for the internship.
The Berlin program takes you beyond the classroom. An internship in Berlin is central to the learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to complete an internship with the Ecologic Institute or one of their local partners. Internships will be conducted in English and students will be placed based off their interests and backgrounds.
Internships in Berlin improve students' practical as well as research skills. One internship in which students could participate during their semester in Germany's capital is Atlantic Future, an ambitious three-year research project financed by the European Commission, involving some of the best universities and research institutes in Europe. Atlantic Future would also offer plenty of opportunities for an independent study.
This video will provide some insights about the project:
Public transportation passes for program duration in zones 1 & 2
International health and evacuation insurance
Excursions in and around Berlin
Support services in Denver and Berlin
What's not included:
Visa fees (US citizens do not need to pay visa fees)
Financial aid packages can be used to cover the costs of this program. CU Denver students who receive financial aid should contact Mary Morales (303.315.1848) at the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their financial aid award for the Sustainability in Berlin program.
Financial aid package is based on fixed costs (tuition and room fees) and non-fixed budget estimate (food purchases, round trip airfare, books/personal expenses).
The following scholarships are also applicable towards the Berlin program:
One of Europe's least expensive capital cities, Berlin's cost of living is similar to Denver. It is filled with affordable restaurants, convenient public transportation, and unrivaled cultural scene. Musical performances from classical Bach to contemporary techno are accessible and very affordable for students.
Students will live in apartments in Berlin's centrally located Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte districts.? Apartments are within 10 minutes walk of Berlin's comprehensive public transportation system. ("U-Bahn", "S-Bahn" trolly and buses.)
3 to 5 students will share apartments with living area, small kitchen, bathroom, and internet.
Students will be given a Transport Pass for Zones 1 and 2, valid for use on all of Berlin's public transportation network.
The program includes two excursions, which will be announced at a later date. Possible destinations include The Black Forest in Southwestern Germany, Leipzig, and/or Warsaw, Poland.