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Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German, Theater Housing Options: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 2.5
Number of Credits: 9 Credit Hours Courses Offered: GERM 298, GERM 302
Course Credit: Transfer Credit, UNL Credit UNL Sponsor(s): Arts & Sciences, German Section
Experience Type: study abroad Program Type: Faculty-Led
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Christiane Jensen, Gail Hankins, Robert Shirer Education Abroad Coordinator(s): Marnie Nelson
Program Sponsor(s): Humboldt Institute Academic Level: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s):
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
Program Description:
NOTE: The information pertains to the Summer 2017 program. Please contact the Education Abroad Office for information in regards to the Summer 2016 program.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about about theater in Germany and attend cutting-edge theatrical productions in one of Germany's most important cultural cities!
  • Improve your German skills alongside UNL students and other students from around the world in an intensive language institute!
  • Visit and explore Berlin through museum visits, historical sites and cultural activities!


Course of Study

Students will divide their time between intensive German language classes at the Humboldt Institute and the theater course (UNL course) taught by the UNL Faculty Leader / Resident Director.

Course Credit
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Students will earn six transfer credits for their German language classes at Humboldt Institute. Students will take a placement exam upon arrival in Berlin to determine the level of the German language classes. Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.

Students will also earn three regular UNL credits for GERM 298/302 (UNL course). Students may also earn ACE 5 for the successful completion of GERM 298/302.

NOTE: Students participating on the 6-week summer program that have not completed GERM 204 before the program begins will complete the readings for the UNL course in English and will receive GERM 298 (3 credits) for the course. Students that have completed GERM 204 will complete the readings in German and will receive GERM 302 (3 credits) for the course.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing with at least a GPA of 2.5. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students. Non-UNL participants must first be admitted to UNL as a visiting student.

Students must have completed German 101 by the program departure date.

All students participating on the summer program are required to enroll in a one-credit prep course during the spring semester. This class is tentatively set to meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Faculty Leader and Resident Director

Dr. Robert Shirer
Associate Professor
Oldfather Hall 1103
402 - 472 - 3754

Dr. Robert Shirer, Associate Professor (B.A. Beloit College; M.A. and Ph.D. Chicago), has been at UNL since 1983. 

Gail Hankins

Gail attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she majored in German and minored in French and secondary education.

Christiane Jensen
Oldfather Hall 1142

Christiane is a German native, attended the University of Frankfurt in Germany and have been at UNL since fall of 2012.


GermanyBerlin, a vibrant metropolis, offers world-class musical ensembles and theaters, as well as art and history museums. Located in the heart of Germany, the city is both Germany's political and cultural capital. Each of Berlin's neighborhoods offers a different cultural experience, from the chic young quarter, Prenzlauer Berg, to multi-cultural Kreuzberg, to the Museumsinsel in Mitte. 

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Program participants will purchase their own international airfare with direction and a "suggested itinerary" from the Education Abroad Office. All students will travel to Berlin on the same (outbound) international itinerary. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay in double rooms in the residence halls at the Humboldt Institute. Students will share a room with another international student at the Humboldt Institute.
MEALS in COUNTRY: The Humboldt Institute will provide students with three meals a day.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will have access to public transport throughout the program and may be asked to walk throughout the city as needed (excursions and field experiences).
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the Humboldt Institute. All students must be able to communicate with the program leader at all times. Students may choose to purchase a local phone abroad or purchase a global plan on their domestic phone.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 17, 2017
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students need to be prepared to do a fair amount of walking in the city. Streets and sidewalks in Berlin are a mix of cobblestone and fairly flat surfaces. The weather in Berlin in May and June is variable; between the 50 degrees to 80 degrees. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of November 1, 2015) include the Hepatitis A vaccine. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.


See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.


Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 deposit. The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The deposit must be paid by February 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:

German Embassy in the U.S.

U.S. Embassy in Berlin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of State: Travel

*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.