Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Germany!

June 7 – July 5, 2023 (tentative)


A link to the application will be available soon. Meanwhile, if you are interested, please email Jaycee Cover to be added to the interest list. 

Application Deadlines 

Friday, December 2, 2022
(early deadline for priority consideration)  

Friday, March 3, 2023 (final deadline)  


About the program

Berlin served as the capital of Hitler’s Nazi empire, became ground zero of the Cold War, and stands now as a bustling center for the exchange of ideas, arts, and cultures.  A city that consciously preserves its tumultuous and often dark past while actively attempting to define a new, open present and future, Berlin is an ideal site to study histories of nationalism and fascism, ideological conflicts over democracy, capitalism, and communism, and debates over the promises and challenges of today’s multiculturalism. This program offers students the opportunity to participate in civic engagement and experiential learning while exploring global issues relating to diversity, migration, racism, and politics.

The program includes visits to many of Berlin’s major historical sites related to the history of the Third Reich and the Cold War.  For example, we will visit what remains of the infamous Berlin Wall and meet with Berliners who experienced the Berlin Wall firsthand.  We will also tour Sachsenhausen, a Nazi concentration camp located in the outskirts of Berlin and have the chance to interview Berliners whose childhoods were during the Third Reich and the Second World War. 
The program also includes a cruise along  Berlin’s picturesque Spree River and an optional weekend excursion to the stunning Czech capital of Prague. 
Students will also have time to explore the region on their own and take advantage of all the wonderful things the area has to offer—go shopping, visit art museums and “fairytale” castles, sunbathe at one of Berlin’s many lakes, and enjoy the outdoor cafes.

RSVP for an Info Session

 Program Activites


  • Tour of the Reichstag
  • Visit to Sachsenhausen Memorial including a guided tour of the former concentration camp
  • Seminar at the German Resistance Museum
  • Visit and guided tour Haus der Wannsee Konferenz
  • Tours of the Kulturbrauerei Museum’s permanent exhibition, and the Revolution and Fall of the Wall Open Air Exhibition at the Stasi Museum
  • Entrance to the Stasi Museum with guided tour
  • Tour of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Tour of Jewish Berlin
  • “Bridge River” boat cruise along the River Spree
  • Visits to the East Side Gallery, the Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park and the Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Jazz concert or opera/theater/ballet performance

Program Fee (tentative)

$3000 - $3500

The program fee includes the following items: 

  • Housing
  • All program fieldtrips, excursions, and community engagement
  • projects 
  • Ground transportation  
  • Group lunches  
  • International travel insurance 

The program fee does not include the following:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable
  • Personal meals 
  • Personal expenses 
  • CSUF tuition and textbooks 
  • Travel protection plan 
  • Additional fieldtrips and excursions that are not listed 

Program Courses

HSS 350: German Life and Culture (3 units) [GE – C.3 & Z] 

Humanities 350T German Life and Culture will introduce students to key aspects of German culture, politics, and society. We will explore what it means to be “German,” and take as our premise that “Germanness” is a contested and constructed concept. We will examine the importance of local and regional cultures, architecture, religion, theater, music, and popular culture like food and soccer. The course will also analyze the ways in which Germans have defined “the other” throughout history along religious, ethnic, and racial lines. Who has been included in “German culture” and who has been excluded, and why? We will examine these themes through both in-class readings and discussions and hands-on excursions throughout the city of Berlin. 
HIST 320: Modern Germany from the Third Reich to Contemporary Multiculturalism (3 units) [GE – D.5]

This class will draw on the rich cultural and historical resources of the city of Berlin to explore 20th Century German History. We will begin with the Weimar Republic, the progressive period after the First World War when Berlin was the center of avant-garde culture, a city that pushed accepted boundaries in art, culture, sexuality, and politics.  We will then examine the rise of fascism and Third Reich, exploring the consequences of extreme nationalism and racism that culminated in the Holocaust. The class then turns to the aftermath of World War II, when Berlin became the focal point of the ideological conflict between capitalism and communism, a divided city whose Berlin Wall came to represent the global Cold War.  Lastly, the class will examine contemporary immigration and multiculturalism, using today’s Berlin as our laboratory. The city today is the home of one of the largest population of Turks outside of Turkey, and has in recent years taken in thousands of refugees from Syria, Ukraine, and other countries.  On the one had the city appears to embrace tolerance and its Weimar-era legacy, recently led by one of the world’s few openly gay mayors. Nonetheless, racist tensions between long-standing residents and immigrants and refugees remain, highlighting the importance of remembering the legacies of Nazism. Students will engage with these themes through experiential learning and civic engagement. In addition to experiencing major sites in Berlin and its environs that embody the history of Weimar, the Third Reich, and the Cold War, students will meet with historical eyewitnesses from the Zeitzeugenbörse Berlin.


Dr. Cora Granata  
History, CSUF  


Need more information?
Visit the Student Success Center in H-112, Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm. Email questions to Jaycee Cover.

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