DATES & DEADLINES

  • Application & Deposit Deadline:
    • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 for those wanting the group flight
    • Friday, January 10, 2020 for those willing to make their own travel arrangements
  • Early Bird Deadline: Apply by October 30, 2019 & save $100!
  • Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Tuition: check your campus’s calendar
  • Program Dates: March 27  June 5, 2020

Contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator for more information about spending the spring in Berlin.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Study in one of the most vibrant and exciting European capitals! Berlin’s East and West sides of the city have retained their own identity since reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Berlin has become a focus for modern architecture and remains a major center of art and international business.

The city, with its many famous parks and lakes, becomes especially full of life in the spring and summer when the locals are out on foot, bicycles, and skates, and populating the many beer gardens.

HOUSING

Housing will be in twin-bedded studios in a centrally-located apart-hotel in Berlin. Each studio will have two single beds, a desk, an en-suite bathroom, a TV, and a kitchenette. Bed linens, towels, and wireless internet will be provided.

TRANSPORTATION

All students will receive a travel pass good for unlimited use on the buses, trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains in zones A & B in downtown Berlin.

CAMPUS & CLASSROOMS

Classes will be held in the centrally-located study center of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).

FACULTY & COURSES

Students will take three classes for a total of 15 credits including a German Life & Culture class taught by local faculty. This course is mandatory for all students, and focuses on historical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Berlin and Germany.

The other two offered courses are still to be determined.

EXCURSIONS/ACTIVITIES

Program of free and subsidized cultural activities could include the following:

  • Orientation session, half-day guided sightseeing tour of Berlin by private bus, and welcome dinner
  • Weekly program of free and subsidized cultural activities such as a boat cruise, opera tickets, sporting events, museum visits, and a street art workshop and walking tour
  • 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

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

An optional three-day, two-night excursion to Prague is available, including round-trip train tickets, accommodation in a centrally located hostel in multi-bedded rooms with daily breakfast, guided walking tour of Prague with entrance to Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter walking tour, and traditional Czech group dinner for $495. A minimum of 10 students must participate for the excursion to be offered.

COSTS:  $7,695

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Housing in twin-bedded studios in a centrally–located apart-hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Travel pass for unlimited use on the buses, trams, S-Bahn, and U-Bahn trains in zones A and B (and C as necessary)
  • Orientation program on-site in Berlin including an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, information packet, a guided half-day city tour, and welcome meal
  • Weekly program of free and subsidized cultural activities such as a “Kaffee und Kuchen” boat cruise along the River Spree, opera tickets, a sporting event, museum visits, a street art workshop, and walking tour
  • Guided tour of the Reichstag
  • Full-day guided excursion to Potsdam including entrance to the Cecilienhof Palace with guided tour on the theme of “The Potsdam Conference and the Berlin Wall,” and admission to Sansoucci Palace with guided tour
  • Half-day excursion to the Memorial and Museum of Sachsenhausen including entrance and private group tour
  • Services of the AIFS Program Coordinator for information, personal advising/counseling, and 24-hour emergency contact service
  • Access to the AIFS Student Center
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Medical and program fee refund insurance policies

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • $250 refundable damage deposit
  • Airfare
  • College tuition and fees at your home campus
  • Course books or materials (unless specified)
  • Passport and visa fees if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade
  • Optional three-day, two-night excursion to Prague
  • Local or independent travel while in Berlin
  • Personal expenses such as laundry
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

SCHOLARSHIPS

WCCCSA Berlin participants are all eligible to apply for one of two $1,000 WCCCSA scholarships. Applications are due on or before Friday, January 10, 2020.

PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Cascadia College

What to bring:

  • TBD

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.