Based in Berlin's vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district, the KIIS German Culture summer program affords participants a unique chance to explore Germany's thriving capital, art, culture, and history. Instruction is divided between formal classwork in the seminar room of our modern hostel, field workshops or studio sessions, and guided excursions providing students direct contact with the city, its streets, and its cultural heritage.
Classes are generally held in two 2-hour and one 4-hour block each week, with the intention of spending the shorter periods in our seminar room and the longer periods in and around Berlin. Opportunities for individual weekend travel enrich participants' understanding of Europe and Germany in general and Berlin in particular. Class sessions are usually held Monday through Thursday for 4.5 weeks, leaving plenty of time for independent planning. German is not a requirement for this program although an interest in German culture is.
Students should be aware that research materials, computers, and printing are limited on site. Laptops are required. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner.
The program director generally arranges several group excursions. Varying from year to year, they may include a trip to nearby Potsdam with its Castle Sanssouci, a visit to the German Parliament (Reichstag), and exploration of the world class and famed Museum Island Museums, a day outing to historical Leipzig, birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach and Goethe, or a musical evening at one of the Berlin's Cathedrals, the Berlin Philharmonic or Opera. We will also share a welcome and farewell dinner.
Scholarships are available for this program from KIIS and UK Education Abroad. Visit this link to learn more.
- Group excursions to cultural sites
- Immersion in German culture
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. No German is required for this program (all instruction is in English). Students with some language proficiency will be able to improve their speaking skills as well as their knowledge of German culture through interaction with locals.
Students will earn transfer credit from Western Kentucky University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by WKU. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
- Note: Students are NOT required to complete an AAF for any course with a pre-determined UK equivalency (see chart below).
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Pre-Determined Course Equivalencies
Housing & Meals
Students will reside at the Meininger City Hostel & Hotel in single-sex, multiple-occupancy hotel rooms, generally sharing a room and private bath with 3-4 other program participants. The Meininger is a modern smoke-free, wheelchair-accessible facility that offers two elevators, free wireless internet access in the lobby area, and keycard-operated doors for all rooms.
The cafeteria area provides breakfast. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner. Snacks and beverages may be purchased at the bar/cafe. Rooms are equipped with bunk and/or double beds, modest storage facilities/closets, table and chairs, and a TV. For more information, please visit the KIIS webpage.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the Program Cost and Budget information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
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