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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Berlin, Germany
Summer A 2017
June 19 – July 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,850
 Credits 13 UW credits on site and 2 credits prep seminar spring 2017
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Julie Villegas, Manuela Mangold, Kathryn Pursch Comforth
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) December 6, Tuesday, 4:30, MGH 206
January 9, Monday, 12:30, MGH 211B
  General This program investigates the narratives of identity in urban centers, specifically urban centers in Berlin, Germany.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

“Negotiating Identities and Mediating Community in Berlin, Germany” investigates the narratives of identity in urban centers, specifically urban centers in Berlin, Germany. Berlin’s public and political administrative structure has been challenged with the arrival of refugees in the summer of 2015 via the Balkan route. Since then a great deal of support by civil society actors in grassroots groups have been crucial in a process of integrating those seeking asylum in Germany. Non-Profit organizations stepped in where government administrative systems reached their limits in organizing basic needs for incoming refugees.

This program will work with local nonprofits and will place students in internships in the Kreuzberg and Neukölln regions of Berlin. Different site partners in Berlin include CSSP- Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation, Kotti e.V. (neighborhood association) in the Kreuzberg district and Bezirksamt Neukölln (the district administration of Neukölln).

Students will learn about the complexities of community-nonprofit partnerships, increase their knowledge of community assets and needs in the Neukölln and Kreuzberg area, and other areas in Berlin, and better understand their role(s) as engaged community members, activists, and advocates in an international context. Students will also consider issues of civic leadership, equity and humanity as they reflect on their experiences in and with communities in Berlin. Being cognizant of outsider/insider identity theory and its lived manifestation is a key component of the program.


Berlin, Germany


Youth Hostel centrally located and selected for safety and amenities.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is open to students in the Honors Program and also students across campus. The program is focused on recruiting a diverse group of students, especially those students who have an interest in community-based learning. Students with Arabic or German language skills are also encouraged to apply.

The program welcomes students of all majors, freshmen-seniors.

Acceptance into the program will be decided based on application materials, interviews, and student's demonstrated motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures and to work collaboratively in small groups.


13 UW credits on site and 2 credits prep seminar spring 2017


HONORS 384 (VLPA/I&S)/GEN ST 350 - 2 credits

“Negotiating Identities and Mediating Community in Berlin, Germany” Prep Seminar, Spring Quarter 2017, Day and time, TBA

This 2-credit prep seminar will prepare students to participate in service internships abroad and will work with the Carlson Center expertise to facilitate learning outside of the classroom and engage ethically and reflectively with community partners. The seminar will also provide an introduction to German history, culture, education, identity, and politics via a comparative interdisciplinary curriculum structure. The instructors will introduce students to topics relevant to the larger themes of the program (identity politics; immigration policy; border studies; comparative international service based methods, theory, and action) and identify key social issues in Berlin and more broadly, Germany’s position in the European Union towards migration and asylum laws and globally; identity formation issues as related to demographic changes, re: immigration policy and patterns.

HONORS 384 (VLPA/I&S) - Honors Interdisciplinary - 5 Credits

“New Ways of ‘citizenship’ identity in Germany: Neukölln Community Reimagined”

Students will learn about the history and political climate of refugee movements in the EU and within Germany through readings, community talks, lectures, site visits, and independent reflective projects. Students will also gain an understanding of refugee laws, the Dublin procedures and the complexities and contradictions of creating sustainable humane refugee and immigration policy. In addition, students will engage in a comparative look at refugee and immigration through an understanding of U.S. policy and successes and tensions related to immigrant and refugees communities within the U.S.

Being cognizant of outsider/insider identity theory and its lived manifestation is a key component of the program. Students will read literature authored by immigrants and refugees as well as foundational readings related to critical race identity and the history of national identity formation.

HONORS 233 (I&S) / GEN ST 350 - Honors Social Science - 5 credits

“Community based International Internships in Berlin”

Working in local communities in Berlin, specifically Neukölln and Kreuzberg, students will intern for four weeks with supervision and guidance provided by both UW instructors, as well as site partners. Stressing relationship building between the local community and the incoming migrant and refugee communities, local nonprofits will provide on-site supervision and structure for student interns. Students are expected to complete readings and written assignments/projects while engaged in their internships. Students will check in with supervisors on a weekly basis.

HONORS 384 (VLPA/I&S)- Honors Interdisciplinary - 3 credits

“Reflecting on Public Service in the City: faculty supervised projects”

This seminar is the reflective component of the internships. Students will take a meta look at their role. Asking themselves throughout the process of interning at their community site:

  • What are the needs of the community site and the populations it serves?
  • What are the community site’s assets? What are the population’s assets?
  • What is civic leadership? Civic service? Deconstruct and understand core terms.

Students will contribute their perspectives as outsiders and reflect on their own subject position and identity as they work within the Berlin community. Comparatively and relatedly, students will be prompted to reflect on their roles within their communities in Seattle. This seminar will conclude with presentations (individual and group) with an audience of local community members, peers, and instructors. The presentations will conclude with a community dialogue. The presentations and dialogue will be written up on student blogs/portfolios.

Program Directors & Staff

Julie Villegas, Department of Honors and English, Program Director

Director Julie Villegas is Associate Director of the University Honors Program and the Lead for International Programs in Honors. She is also affiliate assistant professor of English. Dr. Villegas has taught programs in Berlin since 2008 (directing five programs) and has extensive experience directing programs abroad (directing and teaching in a total of nine programs). Her research focus is in the area of race, border studies, and identity politics.

Manuela Mangold, Humboldt University, American Studies, Program Director

Co-Director, Manuela Mangold is a German native and has lived in Berlin for more than 30 years. She holds a diploma in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and History from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Starting in 2008, she began working as an advisor for the former Minister for Post and Telecommunications, Prof. Dr. Schwarz-Schilling. In 2011, she joined the board of directors at CSSP – Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation. Since 2008, she has worked on international programs with Honors and CHID at the University of Washington.

Kathryn Pursch Comforth, Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, Staff

Kathryn Pursch Cornforth, Associate Director of the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, will join the program in support of community internships. She manages the service-learning team at the Carlson Center and has worked extensively with local communities in the Seattle area in support of student-community engagement.

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,850

Estimated Program Fee of $3,850, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30-$40/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $2,000* 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 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,850 July 7, 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.