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* 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: Christina Brantner
Program Sponsor(s): Deutsch in Deutschland Institute Standing: 01 - Freshman, 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Offered in academic year(s)::
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
Program Description:
a UNL-sponsored program


Deutsch in Deutschland

NOTE: The information below pertains to the Spring 2015 program. Should you need any information about the Spring 2014 or Spring 2016 program, please contact the Education Abroad Office.

Program Highlights

  • Take part in a semester long study abroad and immersive language experience where 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!


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.

Academic Program

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 8 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.

The dates of the spring semester 2015 program are January 3 to May 2, 2015.

Course Credit

Students earn up to 17 transfer credits (P/NP) for their coursework at DID in intensive German as a Foreign Language and participation in cultural activities, as well as 3 credits of UNL coursework for GER 322, which is taught by the UNL program leader. Talk to the German departmental adviser for details.


The program is open to undergraduates and selection for the program is made by the Department of Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty Leader

Professor Christina E. Brantner
Associate Professor of German & Founder of UNL’s Berlin Program 1994
1141 Oldfather 

Professor Brantner received her Ph.D. from Washington University St. Louis and has been at UNL since 1987.

Areas of specialization: Women’s Literature and Music of the German speaking countries, Romanticism, abd language acquisition. A native of the Black Forest, Christina is also a poet and translator. She is currently writing a detective story to be used in 3rd year German classes.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

  • Participants live with host families in Berlin and its suburbs and have their breakfast and dinner provided there.
  • Lunch can be purchased at nearby eateries or the student cafeteria.
  • Students will have access to public transport throughout the program.


See the "Budget Sheet" above and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website. 

Explanation of Costs

Please see the Budget Sheet for 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.


Participants will pay a $500 commitment deposit by October 3, 2014 (for those students who applied after the May 1 initial application deadline). The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from the 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).

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:

Center for Disease Control

U.S. State Department

Embassy of Germany

Official Tourism site for the City of Berlin

did deutsch-institut

*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 2016 05/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2016 04/30/2016
NOTE: The program dates above are tentative.

** 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.