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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German 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(s) or Contact(s): Robert Shirer
Education Abroad Coordinator(s): 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:

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 from DiD that can be transferred to UNL!


Course of Study

This program is centered on intensive German language courses and is designed for UNL undergraduate students. After testing at UNL prior to departure, as well as completing a placement exam upon arrival in Berlin, students will be placed into language classes at the DiD according to their language proficiency. In addition to the coursework at DiD, students will also take the UNL course GERM 322 taught by the on-site Resident Director (UNL faculty member).

At the conclusion of the spring semester program, students will have the option to return to the U.S. or to participate on the summer program in addition to the spring semester program. The summer extended program includes either 1) an internship for up to three months applying your German language skills or 2) eight weeks of further course work at DiD. All participants on the summer extended program will also take GERM 302 taught by the on-site Resident Director (UNL faculty member). For more information, please visit the Summer Extended Program site in MyWorld.

Course Credit

Students earn up to 17 transfer credits for their coursework at DiD in intensive German language courses and participation in cultural activities, as well as three credits of UNL coursework for GERM 322.

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

Faculty Leader and Resident Director

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 the surrounding suburbs. The expectation is that families will speak to students in German only. While members of some families may speak English, this cannot be guaranteed nor is it a requirement. If needed, the UNL faculty member/Resident Director and DiD staff can provide support, translation and cross-cultural clarifications.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Students' host families will 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 (trains/metro) throughout the program and may be asked to walk throughout the city as needed (excursions and field experiences). The commute between host family placements and DiD is typically 30 minutes to one hour each way on public transportation.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to laundry facilities at their host family placement, but there may be a small fee charged per load.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at the DiD language institute and may or may not have access to WiFi at their host family placement (depends on each family). Students are required to purchase (included in program budget sheet) a local phone upon arrival in Berlin with cellular service/text to communicate with their host family, DiD staff and the UNL faculty leader/Resident Director 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: October 15, 2016. Once in Germany, students with a U.S. passport will apply for their visa with the assistance of the UNL faculty leader/Resident Director. 
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 10, 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.