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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Interim
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Housing Option(s): Apartments (Shared), Residence Halls
Areas of Study: Archaeology, Architectural Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, Literature, Urban Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
CIEE - Berlin: Holocaust Studies

Program Overview
Expand upon your knowledge of the dramatic events of the 20th century with CIEE this January in Berlin. Along the way, you’ll examine how historical forces have shaped Germany’s turbulent past and are building its vibrant future. Deepen your understanding of Germany through your coursework, day trips, and excursions. Make this a winter to remember with CIEE.

While in Berlin, you will:
  • Identify the major cultural, social, and political moments of the 20th century as illustrated by events centered in Berlin
  • Take part in site visits and excursions that turn the city into a laboratory for learning

Students will enroll in JAN 422 A for Interim. This course examines both the Holocaust and modern day revival of Jewish life in Europe. To lay the historical groundwork for the course, focus is placed on the history of anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe and rise of Nazi ideology and propaganda that accompanied the seizure of power in 1933. The bulk of the class closely examines of the development and execution of the “Final Solution,” the Nazi plan for the total extermination of the European Jewry initiated at the Wannsee Conference (1942). The role of the Waffen-SS, the Gestapo, Einsatzgruppen (mobile death squads), collaborators and bystanders, and the concentration camp system and associated train transportation system are all examined. Throughout the course students examine the implications that the Holocaust has had on our understanding human nature including, individual vs. group mentalities; human obedience and self-preservation; notions of nation, identity, and race. To conclude, the course looks at the legacies of the Holocaust and the search for meaning, justice and repentance following the horrors of the persecution and murder of over 10 million people. Attention is paid to resultant notions of human rights, crimes against humanity and the many memorials erected to grapple with one of the darkest events defining the 20th Century. Focus is also placed on the modern rebirth of Jewish life in Germany, Poland and Europe in the years following the end of the Cold War.

This project is graded A-F.

Students will reside in in the Global Institute residence hall, in singles, doubles, triples, or quads, all with en suite bathrooms. The CIEE Global Institute – Berlin is located in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Just steps away are peaceful inner courtyards, classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, the CIEE Café, and our Student Life Office, where students can get advice on how to make the most of their time in the city.

Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens, and CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the myriad restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges of the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events.

Students may also be housed in local shared apartments (meals not included), or in homestays (two meals a day included), depending on availability.

Program Costs
Program fee: $3,685
This cost includes pre-departure advising by CIEE staff, housing, on-site orientation, 24 hour emergency support, field trips and cultural activities, and international health insurance.

Additional expenses:
International airfare (varies with point of departure and carrier): $1,200 - $1,600 
Meals: $550 
Local transportation: $90
SIM card or international cell phone: $30 - $150
Books and supplies: $75
Personal expenses: $625 
Passport: $160 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)  

Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Students who are applying for an Interim travel grant will be informed of their travel grant application status prior to the Interim application deadline. Please note that any funding received from a travel grant cannot be used towards the Interim program deposit. 

To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must be in good social and academic standing with the College. To be considered for a merit-only grant, students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application.

For More Information
Visit the CIEE - Berlin: Holocaust Studies website