Skip to content

Education Abroad Office | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | 402-472-5358 |


  • Loading...

View All

Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
*UNL Faculty-Led: Germany: Deutsch in Deutschland (semester)
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German, Global Studies Housing Options: Homestay
Language of Instruction: German Number of Credits: 20 Credit Hours
Courses Offered: GERM 322 Course Credit: Transfer Credit, UNL Credit
UNL Sponsor(s): Arts & Sciences Experience Type: study abroad
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Leader or Contact: Robert Shirer
Education Abroad Office Coordinator: Marnie Nelson Program Sponsor(s): Deutsch in Deutschland 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
Program Description:
NOTE: This information pertains to the Spring 2017 program. If you need Spring 2016 program information, please contact the Education Abroad Office.

Program Highlights

  • On this program you'll have the opportunity to live with a German host family in one of the most exciting cities in Europe!
  • Visit famous sites in Berlin, like the Berlin Wall Museum, the Charlottenburg Palace, and the Botanical Gardens and Berlin Zoo!
  • Study alongside UNL students, and other university students from around the world, in an intensive language institute!
  • Earn 3 UNL credits plus up to 17 language course credits that can be transferred to UNL!


Course of Study

This program is composed primarily of German language courses, and is for UNL undergraduate students. No previous knowledge of German is required. After testing at UNL prior to departure, as well as testing upon arrival in Berlin, you will be placed into language classes at the DiD according to their language proficiency. Students will also take the UNL course GERM 322.

At the conclusion of the 17-week spring semester program, you will have the option to return to the U.S. or to participate in one of two summer programs. One program includes an internship for up to three months, the other includes eight weeks of further course work at DiD. All summer participants take UNL course GERM 302 (theater). For more information, please visit the Summer Extended Program site.

Course Credit

Students earn up to 17 transfer credits for their coursework at DiD in intensive German as a Foreign Language and participation in cultural activities, as well as three credits of UNL coursework for GERM 322, which is taught by the UNL program leader. 

Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.


The program is open to undergraduate students at UNL and selection for the program is made by the Department of Modern Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty Leader

Dr. Robert Shirer
Associate Professor
Oldfather Hall 1103
402 - 472 - 3754

Dr. Robert Shirer, Associate Professor (B.A. Beloit College; M.A. and Ph.D. Chicago), has been at UNL since 1983. 


Berlin, 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. While living in Berlin with a German host family, you will study at the Deutsch In Deutschland (DiD) Institute with other foreign university students living in Berlin.

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. All students will travel to Berlin on the same (outbound) international itinerary. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay with local host families in Berlin and surrounding suburbs.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Students' host families with provide them with breakfast and dinner each day. Lunch will be the student's responsibility each day and can be purchased at the student cafeteria or local eateries.
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: Students will have access to laundry facilities at their homestay placement, but there may be a small fee charged per load.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the language institute and may or may not have access to WiFi at their homestay placement (depends on each family). All students must be able to communicate with the program leader at all times. Students may choose to purchase a local phone abroad or purchase a global plan on their domestic phone.
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: October 15, 2016
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 can range from wintery cold (below freezing with snow) in January and February to pleasant spring temperatures in the 60's and 70's in May. Be prepared for rainy, chilly weather mixed with sunny, cool days in the months in between. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of November 1, 2015) include the Hepatitis A 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 "Spring") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website. 

Explanation of Costs

The Budget Sheet will provide a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.


Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 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 August 1, 2016.

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:

did deutsch-institut

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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 08/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2017 05/06/2017
NOTE: NOTE: The program dates above are tentative. Please note students will need to depart the U.S. on Friday, January 6 to arrive in Berlin on Saturday, January 7. NOTE: Applicants will be notified in regards to the status of their application following the priority application deadline of May 1.

** 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.