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Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German, Theater Housing Options: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 2.5
Number of Credits: 7 Credit Hours Courses Offered: GERM 298
Course Credit: Transfer Credit, UNL Credit UNL Sponsor(s): Arts & Sciences, German Section
Experience Type: study abroad Program Type: Faculty-Led
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Priscilla Hayden-Roy Education Abroad Coordinator(s): Marnie Nelson
Program Sponsor(s): Humboldt Institute Academic Level: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018
Program Description:


Program Highlights

  • Learn about about theater in Germany and attend cutting-edge theatrical productions in one of Germany's most important cultural cities!
  • Improve your German skills alongside UNL students and other students from around the world in an intensive language institute!
  • Visit and explore Berlin through museum visits, historical sites and cultural activities!



Course of Study

Students will divide their time between intensive German language classes at the Humboldt Institute and the theater course (UNL course) taught by the UNL Faculty Leader / Resident Director. Students will participate on excursions coordinated by the Humboldt Institute to historically and culturally important sites within and outside of Berlin.

The Humboldt Institute, centrally located in vibrant, culturally diverse Berlin, and close to major public transportation, offers highest quality instruction in German as a second language to students from around the world. Students are taught in small classes by experienced, lively instructors in a modern, attractive facility that also provides housing in comfortable double-occupancy rooms, and varied, cafeteria style meals served in the school's inviting dining area. Many excursion to museums, young people’s hot spots and unique neighborhood walking tours included.

Course Credit
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Students will earn six transfer credits for their German language classes at Humboldt Institute. Students will take a placement exam upon arrival in Berlin to determine the level of the German language classes. Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.

All students will also enroll in GERM 298 and earn one regular UNL credit hour in addition to the transfer credit hours from the Humboldt Institute. Students will attend performances of five plays or operas at Berlin's world-renowned theaters and engage in critical discussions of both the works and the performance. A graduate assistant in the German Section will be the instructor for this course.



This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing with at least a GPA of 2.5. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students. Non-UNL participants must first be admitted to UNL as a visiting student.

Students must have completed German 101 by the program departure date.

Faculty Leader and Resident Director

Dr. Priscilla Hayden-Roy
Professor of German
Oldfather Hall 1140

Dr. Priscilla Hayden-Roy will serve as faculty Resident Director. She is Professor in German, and has led UNL's Berlin Program several times, most recently in 2014.


GermanyBerlin, a vibrant metropolis, offers world-class musical ensembles and theaters, as well as art and history museums. Located in the heart of Germany, the city is both Germany's political and cultural capital. Each of Berlin's neighborhoods offers a different cultural experience, from the chic young quarter, Prenzlauer Berg, to multi-cultural Kreuzberg, to the Museumsinsel in Mitte. 

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Program participants will purchase their own international airfare with direction and a "suggested itinerary" from the Education Abroad Office. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay in double rooms in the residence halls at the Humboldt Institute. Students will share a room with another international student at the Humboldt Institute. Bedding and towels will be provided.
MEALS in COUNTRY: The Humboldt Institute will provide students with three meals a day. Fruit is available as a snack throughout the day.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will have access to public transport throughout the program and may be asked to walk throughout the city as needed (excursions and field experiences).
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: The Humboldt Institut has a laundry room that students have access to with their room key. The charge for one load of laundry (wash and dry) is 2 EURO and laundry soap is provided.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the language institute. Students are required to purchase (included in program budget sheet) a local phone upon arrival in Berlin with cellular service/text to communicate with staff at the Humboldt Institut and the UNL faculty leader/Resident Director at all times. Students may also elect to place a global plan on their cell phone, but all students must have a local phone number that can be accessed at all times.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 16, 2018
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students need to be prepared to do a fair amount of walking in the city. Streets and sidewalks in Berlin are a mix of cobblestone and fairly flat surfaces. The weather in Berlin in May and June is variable; between the 50 degrees to 80 degrees. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of September 11, 2017) include the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.


See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.



Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 commitment deposit. The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The deposit must be paid by February 12, 2018.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:

German Embassy in the U.S.

U.S. Embassy in Berlin


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


U.S. Department of State: Travel


*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/18/2018 06/30/2018
NOTE: NOTE: Students will depart the U.S. on Friday, May 18 to arrive in Berlin on Saturday, May 19.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.