Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin
DATES: Tentative Dates May 13 - June 3, 2017
Total Program Fee: $4825
Germany has long enchanted people from all over the world with images of snowcapped Alpine peaks, intellectual and artistic expression, and political and military prowess. It is the birthplace of hundreds of world-historical figures, including Albert Einstein, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Martin Luther. Today Germany is well known for its leading role in the European Union, its annual Oktoberfest celebration, and its accomplishments in the sport of “soccer” (“football” to non-Americans), as seen by its 2014 World Cup championship.
The program will begin with an eight-day stay in Munich, Germany’s third-largest city and a focal point of some of the country’s most recognizable features, including its people’s attire (Lederhosen and Dirndls) and its food (Schnitzel and Wurst). As the capital of the southern German state of Bavaria, Munich offers a unique blend of history, art, music, architecture, and entertainment. The group will then travel north for a four-day stay in the northern Bavarian city of Nuremberg, a beautiful city with palaces, museums, parks, and its own distinct German culture. While in Bavaria, the program will also include visits elsewhere in southern Germany to further explore German art, music, culture, and cuisine.
The group will then journey north for an eight-day stay in Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city. Berlin offers visitors a fantastic juxtaposition of history and modernity. The city has stood at the center of German political, social, and economic transformation for centuries, including the twentieth-century world wars and the Cold War. It was home to the infamous Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989 (remnants of which can still be viewed) and currently houses more than one-hundred museums documenting Germany’s tumultuous and extraordinary history. Today Berlin is a thriving metropolis and a world leader in art, music, film, science, technology, and entertainment. In sum, excellent food, myriad of sights, and renowned society and culture welcome an international audience.
Students in TnCIS Germany 2016 will have the opportunity to take one of the following courses: NAZI GERMANY AND THE DDR, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN, ART APPRECIATION, EXPERIENCING THE ARTS IN GERMANY, INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY, or PHOTOGRAPHY INDEPENDENT STUDY. Students of German history and the arts will visit several significant historical and modern political, religious, and cultural sites. Two-Dimensional Design and Photography students will view some of Germany’s greatest landmarks and landscapes. All students will be introduced to some of the most ideal locations in the world to learn about history, art, architecture, music, and photography.
Please Note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles each day, potentially over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities.
Excursions may include: In Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin, all students will partake in the walking tours and view some of Germany’s most beautiful and popular sites. In Munich, the tours will include the “Frauenkirche” (Church of our Dear Lady), the extravagant Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz city squares, and the Englischer Garten, the main city park that is larger than Central Park in New York City. In Nuremberg, students will visit Nuremberg Castle, St. Sebaldus Church, and the city’s main open air market. In Berlin, the tours will include viewing the historic city center comprising the Brandenburg Gate, the Eastside Gallery comprising the largest remaining remnant of the Berlin Wall, the Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz city squares, several religious sites, the Holocaust Memorial, and an introduction to Berlin’s enriching festival, art, music, and film scene.
The group will take multiple day trips while staying in Bavaria. All students can expect to visit Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale castle of the “Mad King” Ludwig II, as well as Rothenburg, a breathtaking city maintaining a distinctly medieval-style old town in the city center. Other day trips, tailored to individual classes, may include visits to Berchtesgaden, the Alpine mountain retreat of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler; Salzburg, a gorgeous and culturally vibrant city just across the German border in Austria; and Bayreuth, a beautiful city filled with artistic and musical expression.
Individual classes will also undertake excursions while in Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin. Some excursions may include visits to the Nazi concentration camps in Dachau and Sachsenhausen, the Bavarian State Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Trial Courthouse in Nuremberg, and several history, art, and photography museums. Please note that all excursions are tentative and subject to change.
Classes: Classes will be held approximately two hours per day, five days per week, at onsite lodging facilities.
Accommodations: Students will share a hotel room (typically three stars). Rooms will comprise two-to-four students per room depending on availability. Each room will have its own private bathroom and shower. Two meals a day will be included in the cost of the program: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.