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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: Non-UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell Students, UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Areas of Study: German Studies, History, Independent Study, Other Language & Literature, Political Science/International Relations
Program Category: Study abroad Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:


Fall in love with Berlin today, a city celebrated for its freedom, creativity, relaxed attitude, and multicultural atmosphere; explore Berlin's unique food, parks, nightlife, and alternative culture.

Enjoy the magical palaces, lakes, and parks of Potsdam, once home to German Emperors and Prussian Kings.
Get to know the most exciting and versatile metropolitan region in the heart of Europe, and explore other German cities during weekend trips to Hamburg, Dresden or Leipzig.

Fulfill three general education requirements (World Cultures, International Diversity, World Languages).
Learn German with experienced native lecturers.
Study at the University of Potsdam with free access to all university facilities and discounts on meals on campus.
Experience unique insights into everyday life during your stay with German host families.
Learn about Berlin's tumultuous history through its monuments and museums: the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the German Parliament, Checkpoint Charlie, the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen, the Jewish Museum, the Wall Museum, the German History Museum -- all testimonials to Berlin's complex history and its many tragedies, which even today continue to shape Berlin.

Program Overview

Located in the heart of Europe, the Berlin-Potsdam metropolitan region will captivate you with stimulating experiences and new insights. This three-week study abroad program, led by a University of Massachusetts Boston faculty member, offers two 3-credit classes. Discover European history, art, and culture, learn German and fulfill your general education requirements! In today's increasingly globalized world, a well-rounded graduate with study abroad experience, German-language skills, and intercultural competence will make you stand out on the job market.

Berlin's bustling and trendy urban center is home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues, and sporting events. Potsdam, located 15 miles southeast of Berlin's city center, is a picturesque cultural jewel, home to Germany's largest World Heritage Site. The metropolitan region of Berlin-Potsdam is exciting, culturally diverse, safe, and affordable. Make sure not to miss out on this extraordinary study abroad opportunity!

Courses & Credits

German 225L / History 225L, 3 credits -- Satisfies World Cultures distribution requirement and the International Diversity requirement.
German language study, 3 credits -- Satisfies World Language distribution (placement test taken upon arrival).

Schedule & Fees

Dates: June 29 - July 19, 2020

Program Fee: $2,000 (estimated, subject to change) payable to the University of Potsdam (includes German language course tuition, accommodation with a host family, language course, select cultural activities, welcome and farewell dinner, discounts on-campus meals, public transportation.

Tuition: $975, payable to UMass Boston (covers cost of German 230).

Round trip airfare: estimated $700-1,000.

*Please note that tuition waivers cannot be applied toward any study abroad program fees. All program payments must be paid in full prior to departure in order to participate in the program.

This course is open to all University of Massachusetts students. Individuals from other colleges and universities are also welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Faculty

Jutta Handte, Program Director
Born and raised in Germany, Jutta received her M.Ed. in Germany and has been teaching children, young adults, and adult students ever since. She also graduated from Lesley University, Cambridge, earning an additional MA degree. Jutta has been a lecturer at UMass Boston since January 2007.

The German language teachers are highly qualified academic instructors, assigned by the University of Potsdam.

Scholarship Opportunities 
For Pell Grant Recipients: Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Summer 2020

The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship supports Pell grant recipients for their study abroad term. Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad are encouraged to apply. Programs must run for at least 3-weeks in length during the semester, summer, or winter (January term). Students can receive up to $5,000 towards their program! 
Deadline for Summer/Fall 2020: March 3, 2020

For all students returning in Fall 2020 to UMass Boston: Beacon Student Success Fellowship Summer 2020 
 This scholarship was awarded in the past several years to UMass Boston full-time, undergraduate and graduate students who have secured an experiential learning opportunity in the summer (study abroad included) up to $4,500.
Application Deadline for Summer 2020: TBD- check link above

Other scholarship info for study abroad:
Students should also check with financial aid about getting financial aid for summer programs (pell grant available for 6 credits or more).