Application Deadline: January 15th, 2016
Program Dates: Spring 2016 March 24 – June 3
Berlin, with its cultural and cosmopolitan kaleidoscope, provides a vibrant background for any study abroad program. Few European cities have undergone such continual redefinition and change. Berlin’s restored identity as the nation’s capital has been the driving force in both design and cultural diversity.
The political and cultural developments of the 19th and 20th centuries are visible throughout Berlin’s cityscape, reflecting both the history of architecture and various approaches to dealing with the consequences of war and destruction. Home to the designated UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island, of the world-famous Brandenburg Gate and the superb architecture of the impressive Reichstag building, Berlin has a magical appeal for all visitors. With approximately 3.5 million inhabitants, Berlin is the largest city in Germany and is constantly reinventing itself.
CLASSROOM: Classroom in a centrally located Study Center.
TRANSPORTATION: Travel passes for use on the buses, trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains in Zones A & B are included for the duration of the program.
Ben Kohn’s scholarly training and personal enthusiasms have resulted in his applying an interdisciplinary approach to all of his courses. So you can expect a discussion of painting in his music class and a discussion of architecture in his film class! Ben pursued his graduate studies at the University of Washington in the field of Comparative Literature, with an emphasis in German, American, Russian, and Danish Literature, as well as literary and critical theory. He also studied the classical violin for over 20 years, receiving training at The Vancouver Academy of Music, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Det Fynske Musikkonservatorium, Odense, Denmark. He is currently a professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities and the Department of World Languages at Whatcom Community College, where he teaches humanities, interdisciplinary studies, music, film studies, and German language courses. His most recent research interests include memory in medieval culture, German Expressionist everything, the techno/electronica scene in Berlin, bird song in science, literature and music, and creating the perfect BLT sandwich. Ben has taught for WCCCSA in Florence, Italy in 2012, and is now looking forward to taking full advantage of Berlin’s rich musical and cinematic traditions and the city’s current cutting edge position in both. As a student, Ben attended study abroad programs in Germany, Austria, France, and the former Soviet Union, so he recognizes that such cultural experiences offer the possibility of great intellectual and personal transformation. Ben’s explorations with his students will provide many opportunities for such transformations.
COURSES: Music Appreciation; Introduction to Film; and German Language, Life & Culture.
Program of free and subsidized cultural activities such as a “Kaffee und Kuche” boat cruise along the River Spree, guided tour of the East Side Gallery, sporting event and brewery tour, as well as:
• Entrance to the Mauer Museum at Checkpoint Charlie.
• Guided tour of the Reichstag.
• Guided day trip to Potsdam including a guided tour of Cecilienhof Palace and admission to Sansoucci Palace.
• Visit to and guided tour of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.
Housing in self-catering apartments within central Berlin in twin-bedded rooms with typically four to eight students sharing a two- to four-bedroom apartment including a change of linens and towels.
INCLUDED IN THE COST:
- Housing in centrally located multi-bedded apartments
- Travel passes for use on the buses, trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains in Zones A & B
- Orientation program on-site in Berlin including an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, information packet, welcome dinner and half-day guided sightseeing tour of Berlin by private bus
- On-site AIFS Program Coordinator for information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service
- Program of free and subsidized cultural activities such as a “Kaffee und Kuche” boat cruise along the River Spree, guided tour of the East Side Gallery, sporting event and brewery tour
- Entrance to the Mauer Museum at Checkpoint Charlie
- Guided tour of the Reichstag
- Guided day trip to Potsdam including a guided tour of Cecilienhof Palace and admission to Sansoucci Palace
- Visit to and guided tour of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST:
- $250 refundable damage deposit
- College tuition and fees
- Course books or materials (unless specified)
- Passport and visa fees if applicable
- Meals not mentioned above
- Personal expenses
- Anything not specified as included in the program
- Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade
WCCCSA Berlin participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before January 15, 2015. Requirements include a 250 word essay answering the following question: “What do you believe to be the value in studying abroad? When you look back on your study abroad, what do you hope to say that you have gained from the experience, academically, personally, and professionally?”
To apply send completed applications to Cory Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 15, 2016. This scholarship is open to all students applying to the WCCCSA Berlin Spring 2016 program.
What to bring: TBD