Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Duke in Berlin

May 19 to June 30, 2017 *

* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

The Global Education Office for Undergraduates and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, in cooperation with Rutgers University, offers a  six-week, two-course program in Berlin.  Directed by Germanic Studies Professor Jakob Norberg and Susanne Freytag, Duke in Berlin offers a range of elective courses in a stimulating and historical urban environment. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and attractive to students with a substantial interest in German politics and culture. The principal attraction is Berlin itself, the political capital of Germany and the economic capital of Europe.

The summer program offers an array of upper level courses in English as well as all levels of German.

Students choose from three tracks: English only; German only; or one course in German and one in English (the most popular option). Students with no prior German are welcome—either as beginners in German language or within the English only track.

Graduate Students in all departments are welcome to apply, and they may enroll in all courses. They are advised to apply for funding from their own department or from other sources.

    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Dear Global Education Office:

      Grüßen aus Berlin!

      Berlin is truly a unique city, especially in terms of architecture. The highlight of the Duke Summer in Berlin Program was undoubtedly the Art and Architecture of Berlin course. The city is extremely diverse, from Soviet buildings to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station). This was my favorite building, as it is massive and while inside, you can see almost 360 degrees around. However, the city ran out of money so the glass over the train tracks does not extend as long as intended!

      After completing the summer program, I have decided to continue studying German and am in love with the country. Berlin is definitely a city I plan to work in one day. I would recommend the program to anybody. Students live in apartments in the alternative neighborhood of Kreuzberg and in that way you really feel that you are a part of the city. Berlin is very international, or "Multi-Kulti" as the Germans say, and has something for everyone. The only problem with the summer program is it is too short! I recommend staying for at least a semester to truly get to know the city. I could not be happier with my decision to study in Berlin.

      -Nic Gregg

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