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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English, German Class Level While Abroad: Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Language Courses Offered: Yes Minimum Credit Load: 6
Program Director: Rafael Guerra Program Length: 6 weeks
Program Information:
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Program Dates: May 25 - July 7, 2018

Academic Program
This 6-week, 6-credit faculty led intensive program is an opportunity to spend part of the summer in Berlin, Germany’s capital and culture center. You will learn about Germany’s history as well as Germany today.  Options for courses taught in English or in German. No prior knowledge of German is required. Academic excursions and on-sight classes enrich the learning experience and introduce you to this amazing city. This program will be led by William Donahue, John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, Professor of the Humanities and Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Steffen Kaupp, Assistant Teaching Professor of German and Resident Director Summer Berlin Programs, and Denise M. Della Rossa, Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

NOTE: Students are not guaranteed courses. Courses subject to student limit. Enrollment is limited and as part of the application process you will fill out a course preference questionnaire. We will try to place students in the 1st and 2nd preference, however, it is not guaranteed.

German Language Courses (all levels; fulfills language requirement)
GE 34141 Berlin Since the War: A Cultural History (fulfills history requirement; political science and German credit; taught in English)
GE 34142 Economics of a Green Germany (economics, political science, German, sustainability minor, energy studies minor credit; taught in English)
GE 34143 Berlin Theater (fulfills fine arts and literature requirement; FTT & German credit; taught in English)
GE 34144 Architecture and Design (fulfills fine arts requirement; German credit; taught in English)

Program Calendar 
All dates are for 2018:
May 25:
  Student arrival in Berlin (Must leave US no later than May 24)
May 26-27:  Orientation weekend
May 28:    First day of classes
June 8: Day Trip to Potsdam
June 13-17: Excursion to Vienna
June 29–July 1: Excursion to Dresden 
July 6:  Last day of classes; Farewell Celebration
July 7:  Student Departure

All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students also eligible.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in modern apartments in the center of Berlin with shared bath, living, and kitchen. We are ideally located near underground and suburban rail stations within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions. The program fee does not include meals or personal spending.

Program Fee 
$8,600 (Flight subsidies of up to $1,200 and/or limited scholarship funds available to students with demonstrated financial need.)
  • 6 Notre Dame Credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transport to and from Airport
  • On site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • City Transportation Card
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance and Emergency Evacuation
Program fee does not include:
  • Airfare (approx. 1,200)
  • Meals (approx. 1000)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money
Federal financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.

Information and application procedures are available on the
Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.

Application Instructions
  • Complete the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire (ND and Non-ND students)
  • Complete Non-ND Student Supplemental Information Questionnaire (Non-ND students)
  • Sign Summer Program Participation Agreement form (ND and Non-ND students)
  • Provide one FACULTY academic recommendation (ND and Non-ND students)
  • Provide one STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR approval (Non-ND students only)
  • Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months of your anticipated program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service.


This program is currently not accepting applications.