Welcome to Vanderbilt in Berlin 2016!
Program Applications due: 1 February
Global Education Office, Student Life Center 115
Scholarship Applications due: 29 January
Scholarship Opportunities & Global Fellows Scholarships
Contact & Information: Peggy Setje-Eilers
Program Dates: 28 May-July 16, 2016
- No knowledge of German required!
- German language courses and topic courses in English
- 7 Vanderbilt Credits in 7 Weeks
- No previous German study necessary!
- Major-level courses also available
- GPA requirement: 2.7
- Application deadline: February 1, 2016
- Scholarship application deadline: January 29, 2016
- Decision date: February 29, 2016
May 28–June 3: History & Culture of Berlin (1 week: 1 cr. hr.)
June 4-July 16: FUBiS courses (6 weeks: 6 cr. hrs.)
Experience history, culture, and life in Berlin!
Vanderbilt in Berlin is a seven-week summer program held in conjunction with the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin). Vanderbilt students participate in a program called the Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University, or FUBiS. Students from all over the world come together to study and promote international education and cross-cultural understanding. The program started in 2004, and students are still talking about their experiences.
In the first-week program (GER 294a: History and Culture of Berlin, 1 credit hour) Vanderbilt students explore the history and culture of Berlin and learn how to navigate the city before the six weeks of FUBiS courses begin. The first-week program includes airport pick-up and briefing, tours (e.g. a full-day history bike tour for bike riders), museums, a musical theater visit, and many meals. Students live in small, fully equipped individual apartment in Celsiusstraße (SW Berlin) and travel by bus to classes and by public transportation (ca. 35 minutes on the S-Bahn train) to the city center. The cost of the program also includes two one-month public transportation passes.
In the six weeks of FUBiS courses, students from Vanderbilt and many other universities choose one Track A and one Track B course or one Track C course.
Track A courses are semi-intensive German language courses or content courses in English (3 credit hours).
Track B courses are content courses in English (3 credit hours).
Track C courses are intensive German language courses (6 credit hours). No language requirement.
Students can begin the study of German or take courses for major and minor credit in German.
Berlin is the focal point of European affairs. In summer 2016, you can live in this exciting city for seven weeks and earn seven credits, plus satisfy one international component of AXLE. Without ever having spoken a word of German, you will quickly become immersed in the language of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, and you will have plenty of time to explore its exciting cultural heritage – politics, history, literature, art, theater, and music. History is everywhere, and the city changes from day to day. It is the place to be in Europe!
Links to course descriptions and syllabi below.
Courses cover a wide range of disciplines, including all levels of language courses for students with no prior German, as well as majors and minors. Topic courses in English (one course held in German).
Program Costs and Housing
- Tuition for 7 Vanderbilt credits
- Program fee
- Public transportation passes for Berlin (2 mo.)
- Housing (your own individual apartment)
- First week: museums, tours, many meals
What you pay for:
- Your extra costs
- Your flight and meals
- Your own travel
2016: First-week Course (1 cr. hr.) & Program Schedule
“HISTORY & CULTURE OF BERLIN” (1 CREDIT HOUR)
May 28 – June 3, 2016 (for all Vanderbilt students) (see below for 6-week course syllabi)
2016: Course descriptions and Syllabi
(6 cr. hrs.)
6-WEEK COURSES are held by the “Free University Berlin in Summer and Winter” (FUBiS)
You have two options for courses: Track A + B or only Track C
(6 credit hours total)
- One Track A plus one Track B course (3 hrs. each)
- One Track C course (6 hrs.)
How to find Vanderbilt evaluations of FUBiS courses on YES: vanderbi.lt/berlincourselist
Track A: Topic Courses (Mo. & Th.) (Courses in English)
Track A: Semi-Intensive German (Mo., Wed., Th.)
Language courses in German
Track B: Topic Courses (Tu. & Fr.)
(Courses in English except “Zeiten und Orte” in German)
Track C: Intensive German (Mon. to Fri.)
Language courses in German
Day and Weekend Excusions with FUBiS (2016)
Link to all FUBiS excusions (including many free tours)