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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German, Global Studies, Theater Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, German Number of Credits: 10 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 or Contact: Alexander Vazansky
Education Abroad Office Coordinator: Marnie Nelson Program Sponsor(s): Deutsch in Deutschland 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 2016 program. This program is tentatively set to run again in summer 2017.??

Program Highlights

  • Learn about German Theater and attend cutting-edge theatrical productions in one of Germany's most important cultural cities!
  • Improve your German skills alongside UNL students, and other university students from around the world in an intensive language institute!
  • Stay with a German host family and learn about German culture first-hand!


Course of Study

Students will divide their time between intensive German language classes at the Deutsch in Deutschland Institute (DiD) and the Theater course (UNL course) taught by a UNL Professor. 

Course Credit

Students will earn seven transfer credits for their classes at DID in Intensive German as a Foreign Language. 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: if you are participating in the 7-week summer program and have not completed GERM 204 before the program begins, you will do the readings for the Theater course in English and will receive GERM 298 (3 credits) for the Theater course. If you have completed GERM 204, you will do the readings in German and will receive GERM 302 (3 credits) for the Theater course.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing. 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.

Faculty Leader

Professor Alexander Vazansky
Assistant Professor of History
604 Oldfather Hall

Professor Alexander Vazansky is an assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 2009. His research interests include postwar German-American relations, GIs in Germany, and the 1960s in a transatlantic perspective. His most recent publication is an essay entitled "Army in Anguish: The United States Army, Europe, in the Early 1970s," in GIs in Germany: The Social, Economic, Military, and Political History of the American Military Presence, edited by Detlef Junker and Thomas Maulucci (Cambridge University Press, August 2013).He is currently completing his manuscript entitled "An Army in Crisis: Social Conflicts in the United States Army, Europe and 7th Army, 1968-1975." For his next research project Alexander will look at militarism and anti-militarism in West Germany during the 1970s and 1980s.


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. While living in Berlin with a German host family, you will study at the Deutsch In Deutschland (DiD) Institute with other foreign university students living in Berlin.

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. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay with local host families in Berlin and surrounding suburbs.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Students' host families with provide them with breakfast and dinner each day. Lunch will be the student's responsibility each day and can be purchased at the student cafeteria or local eateries.
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).
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to laundry facilities at their homestay placement, but there may be a small fee charged per load.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the language institute and may or may not have access to WiFi at their homestay placement (depends on each family). 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 18, 2016
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. 

Explanation of Costs

The Budget Sheet will provide a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.


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 Monday, February 15, 2016.

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:

did deutsch-institut

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.