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Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: German Housing Options: Dormitory, Residence Hall
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): Amy Burnett
Program Sponsor(s): Humboldt Institut 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, 2018-2019
Program Description:

Program Highlights

  • 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 the Humboldt Institut 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 Humboldt Institut according to their language proficiency. In addition to the coursework at the Humboldt Institut, 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) ten weeks of further course work at the Humboldt Institut. 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.

Berlin, Germany

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 (or the equivalent) by the program departure date.


Resident Director 

Dr. Amy Burnett
Professor of History
Oldfather Hall 626

Assistant to the Resident Director 

Dr. Stephen Burnett
Professor of Classics and Religious Studies 
Oldfather Hall 937

Program Director

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

NOTE: Students and program leadership will meet four or five times in the fall semester beginning in mid-October.


German FlagBerlin, 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, you will study at the Humboldt Institut 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. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided in mid-October.
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 Institut. 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 (trains/metro) 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: October 15, 2018. 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. 



Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 deposit. The $500 commitment 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 $500 commitment deposit is due on July 20, 2018 (for those who applied by the May priority application deadline). The deadline to pay the $500 commitment deposit for those who applied after May is October 1, 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
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 01/04/2019 04/20/2019
NOTE: Students will depart the US on January 4 to arrive in Berlin on Saturday, January 5. Classes will begin on Monday, January 7. Application and commitment deposit deadline extended to October 1!

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