UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD-Winter: Germany: Germany in the New Europe (GERM/BMGT/GVPT/HONR)
This course focuses on modern German politics, business, history and culture. Through lectures, readings, and field visits, you will explore Germany's place in the New Europe, and how German and European political, business and cultural institutions were shaped and operate today.
This program will take place in both Tübingen and Berlin. Tübingen is located in beautiful surroundings just on the edge of the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest), and many of its buildings date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Berlin has undergone dramatic changes since the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which make it one of the most exciting cities in Europe today. Its reinstatement as Germany's capital in 1991 provides an especially rich background for our studies of politics, business, history, and culture.
You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.
UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.
If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.
After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:
- GERM449B: Selected Topics in Germanic Studies: Germany in the New Europe: Politics, Business, and Culture
- BMGT398B: Individual Study in Business and Management: Germany in the New Europe: Politics, Business, and Culture
- GVPT388T: Topical Investigations: Germany in the New Europe: Politics, Business, and Culture
- HONR348X: Advanced Honors Seminar: Germany in the New Europe: Politics, Business, and Culture
The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.
The course will be taught in English. German lessons will be provided.
In Tübingen, you will be housed in the University's comfortable guest house, typically in two person bedrooms. While in Berlin you will stay in a budget hotel or youth hostel.
Costs are current for winter 2018.
|Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.|
|Education Abroad Fee||$500|
|This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.|
|International Health Insurance||$37|
|This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.|
|This fee represents the housing provided during the program.|
|TOTAL PROGRAM FEE||$3,800|
|Roundtrip Airfare (estimate)||$1,600|
|Optional Activities/incidental expenses||$350|
|Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate)||$180|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE:||$6,620|
NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad
PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.
Julie Koser is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director for Germanic Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland. She will be the Resident Director for the Winter-Term Tübingen program. Dr. Koser teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics in German literature and culture from the 18th century to today with a research focus on the period known as the Goethezeit (Age of Goethe).
For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.
As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:
- Several day excursions to cultural and historical sites such as the Prussian Hohenzollern Castle
- Visit to Haigerloch (where an old beer cellar was used as an atomic research laboratory in World War II)
- Long-weekend trip to Berlin, including a visit to the German Bundestag, Free University and the Berlin Wall museum