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European Council Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: European Council 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Restrictions: VSU applicants only
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Program Type:
Education Abroad
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Housing Option:
Hostel/Hotel
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Minimum GPA:
2.0
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Eligibility:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject

About the Program

Live and study for five weeks in Germany's capital city where you can explore the rich culture and history of this cosmopolitan city that holds a complex and crucial place in modern European history. Youthful, artistic, and hip, Berlin has traveled a path that led from the defining cultural avant-garde of the Weimar Republic to the devastation of World War II, from a divided city symbolizing the Cold War to today’s reunified and renewed capital. A city once divided, Berlin lies at the heart of Germany – literally and figuratively. While it is the second most populous city in Europe (metropolitan area notwithstanding), it maintains a more tranquil feel than other large cities, as 1/3 of the city is composed of forests, gardens, and parks. Berlin is not only the political capital of Germany, but arguably one of Europe’s capitals of art, culture, and politics. Designated as an UNESCO “City of Design”, it possesses amazing architecture, cuisine, museums, and music making it a top destination for young travelers and students. Imagine yourself following in the footsteps of Goethe, Beethoven, Martin Luther, Albert Einstein, and other major figures that have helped shape Western Culture.

Dates: June 27 - July 31, 2019by wall

Cost: $5,300* *Price may fluctuate and will be finalized by September 10th. The package cost of $5,300 for the five-week program includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare between Atlanta and Germany
  • Accommodations at the Akademie Hotel for the full five weeks
  • Breakfast seven days a week and lunch twice a week
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided tour of Berlin on arrival weekend
  • Day trips to Warnemünde and Wittenberg
  • Round-trip transportation from the airport to the hotel on a private bus
  • Unlimited travel pass for the Berlin metro system (subway, trams, city trains and buses)
  • A primary health insurance policy providing basic coverage for medical expenses
  • An International Student Identification Card (ISIC) providing reduced-fare admissions to tourist sites
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.
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Program Information and Course Structure 

Berlin group This five week program offers an ideal balance between a stimulating academic environment and free time to explore on your own which allows students to gain insights on cultural differences. The Berlin program is structured so that students are in the classroom two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays), fieldtrips in the city two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and have three day weekends. On these three day weekends students can enjoy the local life or travel to other places in Germany and other European countries. Additionally, students will be able to take one or two 3-credit hour classes.

Accommodations

The Germany Study Abroad Program is based at the Akademie Hotel in a quiet neighborhood with access to nearby public transportation to all parts of Berlin.  Students share double rooms at the Akademie Hotel, each of which has a TV and a private bath. All courses will be held in classrooms at the Hotel. You can visit their website at www.akademiehotel.de Dorm

Costs

Courses in the 2019 Germany Study Abroad Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation held at Middle Georgia State University on Saturday, May 11, 2019. All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur. The package does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. Payment Schedule
March 1, 2019 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due. First payment of $2,500 also due for those applying after March 9th.
March 8, 2019 First payment of $2500 due
April 8, 2019 Final payment of $2500 due
TOTAL PAYMENT: $5300*

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Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; this fee can not be transferred to a subsequent year. Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, europeancouncil@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.
Withdrawal before March 1 All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 2 and March 18 all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1 all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30 all but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30 No money will be refunded

Important Deadlines:

  • March 1st -  Deadline for application fee & application form. Berlin needle
  • March 8th - First Payment
  • April 8th - Final Payment
  • March 28th- One passport photo due (late fees apply, see below for details) if they're not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date. Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information. http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html
  • March 28th - An electronic copy of your passport is due. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. Late fees apply, see below for details.
  • March 30th- Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
  • May 11th- There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at the Middle Georgia State College Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Mar 31 - Apr 13 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 - Apr 28 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 - May 12 $75 late fee
Items received on May 13 - May 20 $100 late fee
Items received on May 21 or after $100 plus $5 per additional day
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Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare, there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 30th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 30th will be denied.

Course Descriptions  

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency. LD - Lower Division      UD - Upper Division                                         12039561_522847607883946_1585302534628444972_n

Morning Courses 

(Choose one only) Beginning German I, German 1001 (LD) Prof. Ana Bonfante (North Georgia) This is a course for beginners who not only want to learn German, but also learn it in a natural environment. Classes will be conducted in German with an emphasis on communicative skills. All four components of language learning will be taught in this course, which are reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. These skills will be enhanced by using them outside the classroom, i.e. homework assignments will include trips to town. On field trip days students will practice their language skills by ordering meals, buying tickets, or simply by hearing the German language. (No pre-reqs) World Literature II (LD) Dr. Monica Miller (Middle Georgia State)

What price are we willing to pay for our dreams? We'll examine a variety of world literature, much of which focuses on what we're willing to sacrifice in pursuit of our dreams. Beginning with the Enlightenment, readings and supplementary trips highlight the ways that literature portrays our quest for immortality. Many readings - Goethe's Faust, Grimm Fairy Tales, and Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta - have roots in Berlin's literary, cultural, and political history which we will explore both in the classroom as well as on our city-wide adventures. (Pre-requisite: ENGL 1102.)

Western Civilization II: History in the Heart of Europe (LD) Dr. David Hensley (Georgia Highlands) This course is an overview of the history of Europe from the 1500s to the present. Students will have the chance to study this history in a city and country which have been at the very heart of many of the developments we will look at, including the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Revolutionary Era, the World Wars, and the Cold War. Through class discussions, readings, and historical site visits students will be able to expand their understanding of Europe, a continent which remains an important partner for the US today. (No pre-reqs) Corrections (UD) Dr. Mateja Vuk (Western Georgia)

This course provides an overview of the past, present, and future trends, issues and philosophies of corrections. Particular emphasis will be placed on the issues and concerns of the maximum security prison. The course offered through the study abroad program will explore differences in correctional philosophy, administration, policy, and effectiveness of punishment between the United States and Europe. (No pre-reqs)

Human Language (LD) Dr. Craig Callender (Georgia College and State)

This course will introduce students to the field of linguistics. We will study the various levels of linguistic description necessary to account for the properties of language, i.e. sound patterning, word formation, sentence structure, and meaning. In addition, we will examine language in its broader use, discussing topics such as language acquisition, language variation, contextually appropriate language use, and language change (particularly the history of English and its place among the other Germanic languages). We will also discuss the notion of English as a global lingua franca. (No pre-reqs)

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Afternoon Courses

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Intermediate German I, 2001 (LD)  Prof. Ana Bonfante (North Georgia) This course is the first in a two-course sequence at the intermediate level of German.  The course consists of the study of the fundamentals of the language, using German as the language of instruction.  Emphasis is on oral communication with grammar and vocabulary taught in context and the culture of the German-speaking world presented using interactive activities, discussion, and readings.  All four components of language learning will be taught in this course, which are reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. These skills will be enhanced by using them outside the classroom, i.e. homework assignments will include trips to town. On field trip days students will practice their language skills by ordering meals, buying tickets, or simply by hearing the German language. (Pre-requisite: GRMN 1002.)

Life as a Cabaret (UD) Dr. Monica Miller (Middle Georgia)

Spy literature. Nightlife. Abstract Art. The automobile. Immigrant life. David Bowie. This class has something for you. Beginning with Bauhaus manifestos, this class includes works by authors including Christopher Isherwood, Ian McEwan, Chloe Aridjis, and Erich Maria Remarque, all of whom draw upon Berlin as a central figure. (Pre-requisite: ENGL 1002.)

History of Nazi Germany (UD) Dr. David Hensley (Georgia Highlands)

This course will allow students to examine the development and functioning of Nazism, a political and social system which invites attention because of its sheer brutality as well as its singular history. Through class discussions, readings, and site visits, students will learn how Nazism took power in one of the most "civilized" nations in the world, and how Nazism then carried out a radical program of social control and racial war at home and abroad. In addition, students will examine how contemporary Germany deals with its troublesome Nazi past. (Pre-requisite: HIST 2110 or HIST2012)

Survey of Criminology (LD)

Dr. Mateja Vuk (Western Georgia)

This course will provide an overview of issues and controversies in criminology. In addition to a survey of the major criminological series, the course concentrates on the major types of crimes committed in the United States and Europe. Additionally, students will be exposed to how major societal institutions impact upon crime control efforts. Finally, problems associated with the measurement of crime are considered. (No pre-reqs) 

Summer 2019 Director and Faculty Director
Callender Craig GCSU craig.callender@gcsu.edu
Faculty
Bonfante Ana UNG ana.bonfante@ung.edu
Miller Monica Middle Georgia monica.miller@mgaedu
Hensley David GA Highlands dhensley@highlands.edu
Vuk Mateja UWG emckendr@westga.edu
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Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn in the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at the payment page.
*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop. Apply Now button (1)

Eligibility

1. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure. 2. Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 3. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

Health Matters and Insurance

By Brandenburg GateParticipants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Supplemental insurance is provided with the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), included as one of the benefits of the Berlin Study Program. The ISIC Card also provides students with discount entry fees to museums and other discounts around the globe, including the United States. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs. Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. No special immunizations are needed to enter Germany, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Passports and Visas 

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Everyone who travels to Germany must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport. Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Germany for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 28th, 2018 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details.
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International ID Cards

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is available to students pursuing a diploma or degree. In addition to serving as a common means of identification, the ISIC card provides many benefits, including insurance coverage for accidental death or dismemberment, accident-related medical expenses, and in-hospital sickness outside the U.S. It also provides a 24-hour traveler's assistance hotline and discounts on a wide range of admission fees and travel services. All 2018 program participants receive an ISIC card as part of the program package.

What Students Have to Say

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  • I would just say stick with it. The culture shock may be intense for some, and the first week or two was a little strange, but once you feel out the environment and get into your own traveling and daily life groove, it is the best experience in the world.
 
  • Save money and plan ahead... Keep an open mind; be patient, its okay to get lost because you'll find your way back. Enjoy yourself.
  • Meet as many people as possible while over there, both students and foreigners. Don't be afraid of asking for help or for directions, because it will save you a lot of time.
  • Try to get any work you can done before you leave. This way you free up more time to do whatever you want.
  • Don't get too caught up in traveling to see everything, you won't be able to. Just enjoy and do what you can. Stay in Germany, many students traveled every weekend to other countries far away. They saw amazing cities, but didn't see the country they've called home for the past month.
  • Berlin is a big city so don't get carried away with all the partying and other distracting things. Just don't forget to study but at the same time have fun!
  • Watch how much you spend! It's easy to forget that you pay in euros here not dollars.
  • Becoming immersed in the German culture [was one of the most successful aspects]. I had plenty of time to do my coursework during the day and still be able to go out and experience Berlin.
  • Look up everything you can about the country you are going to and try to learn the language. Also, don't expect the people of the country to cater to your every wish. Give them some respect and you will get a lot farther than if you just go around demanding things.
  • Don't party too hard. Have a good time, but always stay very conscientious.
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Contact Us

Relax in the ParkIf you do not have a campus representative or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call the home office of the European Council located at Valdosta State University: European Council europeancouncil@valdosta.edu (229) 259-2591 Program Director Dr. Craig Callender (Georgia College & State University) craig.callender@gcsu.edu
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Summer 2019 03/01/2019 03/30/2019 06/27/2019 07/31/2019
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