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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
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Program Information:
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 Location Berlin, Germany
Summer B 2017
August 1 – August 31, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,200
 Credits 8 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors David Canfield-Budde (Germanics); Patricia Moy (Communication)
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) January 10, 11am-noon (Loew Hall 310) January 18, 3-4pm (Loew Hall 310)
  General Berlin is an exciting, vibrant city that will be our home for four weeks as we explore how modern Germany responds to the current political and social challenges it faces. The program includes a mix of outings, tours, seminars, and guided exploration to give participants an in-depth perspective on Berlin and modern Germany.
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Program Description

Germany provides the ideal setting for understanding how the past and present converge, and we will explore this convergence by focusing on contemporary public opinion and the historical forces that have shaped it.

From the current migration crises to Wikileaks, from privacy and government surveillance to military intervention, the memory of the Holocaust and the former East German dictatorship have shaped Germany’s approach to political and social movements. Just as important, Germany’s distinct history continues to impact its identity as a nation and the social, political, and mediated discourse that is conducted around the idea of national identity. While in Berlin we will go on daily outings to explore how the past is represented throughout the urban landscape in monuments, memorials, and museums. We will use this background to understand how layers of the past frame the present-day approach to German politics and culture, and how historical events shape present-day public communication strategies in areas such as news, political speech, art, film, and advertising.

The key historical touchstones for the course will be the Holocaust under the Nazis -- the most visible and memorialized event in Berlin’s urban landscape – and the “second German dictatorship” in East Germany from 1949-1989/90. We will explore how the city keeps these difficult historical events as part of its collective present. Outings will be to a wide variety of venues, but will include well-known destinations such as the Reichstag, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the German Museum, and the GDR Museum. We will also visit some less commonly viewed places such as the monumental Soviet War Memorial in Treptow Park and the Archives of the Stasi (East German secret police).

We will use this historical backdrop to examine how modern Germany approaches culture-specific issues challenging its adherence to lessons learned from its past. European integration, the migration crisis, minorities and national identity, surveillance and privacy are topics we will examine from the perspective of how they are represented in the media and political sphere. Berlin is home to numerous media outlets that offer different perspectives on journalism and the construction of news. We will visit these outlets to better understand how news institutions determine what issues get covered, how the issues get framed, and how they can effectively engage with the public. We also will visit leading research firms to understand how German voting preferences emerge and how public opinion stands on such issues as Brexit and the European Union.

Summer in Berlin: Culture, Communication, and Representation is ultimately about modern Berlin and the attitudes of present-day Germans. Students will engage with various manifestations of how Germans attitudes and opinions are expressed. We will get to know the city on many outings and tours, and will also have time to explore the lighter side of Berlin, a city renowned for its vibrant arts and culture. A typical day will include a class meeting in the morning, followed by an excursion into the city or surroundings in the afternoon to explore the topic at hand. Group projects on topics specific to the course will round out the student experience and provide a basis for a focus on a specific topic relevant to the course.

This program is based in Berlin, but will include several weekend excursions to other cities. We’ll visit Dresden, where historical architecture and anti-immigrant rallies co-exist, spend a day at the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin, and see historic Potsdam. We’ll spend most of our time exploring the German capital Berlin itself with a critical eye towards how the city interprets its own history, how it views its present, and how it imagines its future.


Berlin, Germany


Berlin, Dresden, Potsdam, Sachsenhausen.


Students will be housed in private apartments in Berlin, with weekend outings including an overnight stay in a youth hostel.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program welcomes students from any discipline. The ideal student will be curious about exploring different cultures and be willing to openly approach questions and problems from diverse perspectives. We anticipate many students will have a prior interest in culture/literature studies, communication, history, or international studies, but others will have no background in these areas and will be able to do well on the program. We’ll be working with “texts” of all types, including written documents, film, architecture, monuments, memorials, and the city itself. The academic content and course numbers have been chosen so that it will apply towards German or Communication major/minor requirements.

No prerequisites or language requirements. Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of students with different interests and backgrounds.

The program will include a significant amount of walking through the city, as well as taking public transportation.

Mandatory Program-Specific Orientation Sessions:

  • April 13 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • May 10 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • May 31 from 5:30-7:30pm


8 UW Credits


GERMAN 322 (5 credits) and GERMAN 399 (3 credits)
COM 495 (5 credits) and COM 498 (3 credits)

Program Directors & Staff

David Canfield-Budde, Department of Germanics, Program Director

David Canfield-Budde is Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanics. He has lived and studied in Germany and has directed UW study-abroad programs in both Vienna and Berlin. This will be his third offering of a summer study-abroad program in Berlin.

Patricia Moy, Department of Communication, Program Co-Director

Patricia Moy is a professor in the Department of Communication and adjunct professor in Political Science. Her teaching and research focus on media effects, public opinion, and political communication. She has taught in Germany, Italy, and Israel, and has directed UW study-abroad programs in Paris and Rome.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,200

Estimated Program Fee of $4,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $20-25/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 August 4, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,200 August 4, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.