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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:

Location Berlin, Germany
Academic Term Summer A-Term
June 27 - July 27, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 10
Prerequisites CEP 200; URBDP 200 or 300; BE 200; GEOG 276, 277, 301, 303 or 478; SOC 215 or 365; or permission of the instructor.
Program Directors Evan H Carver |
Megan Herzog
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Information Sessions Early Winter quarter. Please contact program directors for more information.
General This program will expose students to the dynamics of urban change in one of the most historically freighted and contested cities in the world. Students will explore Berlin's urban history and learn how contemporary challenges, including climate change, gentrification, and immigration butt up against competing ambitions for Berlin to become a "global city" and for it to maintain its distinct character.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

What makes a city? Who decides how a city grows and changes, and what criteria do they use -- should it be beautiful, efficient, sustainable, open, just? How do economic systems and political ideologies shape urban development? What is the "right to the city," and what does it mean for city-dwellers to exercise it? These are just some of the questions we will seek to answer in our program, The Once and Future Metropolis: Urbanization, Conflict, and Community in Berlin. This program will expose students to the dynamics of urban change in one of the most historically freighted and contested cities in the world. They will come to understand the complex histories behind Berlin's urban spaces, and the strategies adopted by local actors to deal with those histories while finding agency to shape them for the future. Students will experience first-hand how spaces have been defined by drivers like economic exigency, political ideology, violence, environmental conditions, and technological development, and they will learn how contemporary challenges, including climate change, gentrification, and immigration butt up against competing ambitions for Berlin to become a "global city" and for it to maintain its distinct character. We will meet with academics, professionals, elected officials, artists, and activists to learn about the history, development, and struggles surrounding contemporary urban residential, commercial, industrial, public, and open spaces. We will explore issues of remembrance and preservation at Mauerpark and the Breitscheidplatz; climate adaptation and environmental planning at sites like Tempelhofer Feld and Naturpark Südgelände; multiculturalism, refugee resettlement, and integration along Sonnenallee; modernist utopianism in the Gropiusstadt; urban renewal along the River Spree; and tourism, gentrification, and resistance in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. In all cases, we will focus on how residents are engaging in grassroots efforts to shape the city. Activities will include bike tours, walking tours, lectures, film screenings, case studies, directed reading and group discussion, and self-exploration. Assessment will be based on daily participation and reading responses, as well as a final video research and reflective project.




Berlin, Germany


The students will be staying at Die Fabrik, a hotel/hostel in the centrally located Kreuzberg neighborhood, for the duration of the program.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The language of instruction will be English. Strong English skills in both reading and writing are required. Knowledge of German will be an advantage; interested students will have an opportunity to learn some basic German or improve their existing German skills. Students with knowledge of Turkish, Arabic, Russian or Polish are especially encouraged to apply and will find their language skills an asset. Prerequisite: CEP 200; URBDP 200 or 300; BE 200; GEOG 276, 277, 301, 303 or 478; SOC 215 or 365; or permission of the instructor. Students will be expected to be able to walk several kilometers a day. We will also take at least one bike tour. Special exceptions may be made under consultation with the instructor.


10 UW Quarter Credits


URBDP 498E: Urbanization and the Politics of Space in Berlin (5 credits) I&S

Explores how Berliners have sought to balance recognition of the past with needs for the future. Students investigate how Berlin has responded to the 21st-century urban challenges -- including climate adaptation, mass migration, and fractures in the post-Cold War world order -- as well as how these global realities play out in the everyday lives of city-dwellers. Students will explore how Berliners -- via demonstrations, street art, squatting, or exercises in direct democracy -- have asserted their rights to participate in deciding what their city means and what it can be.

Learning goals include:
Berlin offers a particularly vivid case in which to explore how urban development processes unfold under extreme conditions -- and how everyday city-dwellers respond to and in turn redirect these processes. This course addresses practical topics in urban planning, including housing, conservation, urban design, and transportation, and gives special attention to the lived experiences of current residents, connecting these experiences to the political questions around community, environment, and planning. Students will be able to understand contemporary urban and spatial phenomena in their social and historical contexts, and gain tools for the critical investigation of urban development processes.

URBDP 498F: Reclaiming the Narrative: Filmic Intervention in the Urban Realm (5 credits) VLPA, I&S

Berlin was one of the biggest cities in the world at the dawn of the motion picture era. The ideas of Berlin as the prototypical urban metropolis and of film as a medium to communicate the city are closely intertwined. By considering Berlin as represented in film, this course explores techniques for defining and redefining the meaning of urban space using multisensory media. Students will learn about -- and ultimately use -- film as a tool for analyzing urban space, shaping narratives, and reflecting on urban life in Berlin today.

Learning goals include:
Video is one of the most powerful tools for communicating social values and cultural practices in the 21st century. It is especially important to fields that deal with design and human experience across space and time, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Students will improve their film literacy -- learning not just what film does but how it does it -- and understand applications for film in the analysis of spatial, temporal, and immersive phenomena. Through hands-on exercises, students will learn to use film as a tool for communicating narratives about urban life.







Evan H Carver
Affiliate Instructor, Urban Design & Planning

Evan Carver has lived in Berlin several different times, most recently a 12-month period in 2016-2017, during which time he was a fellow at Freie Universitaet. He is fluent in both the language and culture of Germany, and his research is deeply engaged with current and historical urban development processes, macro and micro political trends, and the cultural politics of Berlin. On campus in Seattle, Evan teaches courses in BE, CEP, and UDP.

Megan Herzog
Program Manager, Urban Design & Planning

Megan has worked as an adviser, teacher, and mentor to undergraduate students in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) program. Megan places emphasis on community building and leadership training, and she is skilled in bringing undergraduate students together to work towards a common goal, and managing conflict within a tight-knit group of students.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,000)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.