Full program details can be found here.
From Neuschwanstein (the model for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle), Martin Luther’s home, Dachau Concentration Camp to German manufacturing and brewery, we will investigate Germany on a two-week multi-city program. This program will take a comparative institutional approach to understanding German culture and society allowing the course material to appeal to a wide range of students from engineering, business, history, and the social sciences. Utilizing the sociological perspective, we will trace how religion, race, and nationalism has shaped Germany’s past and present. While in Berlin we will participate in a scavenger hunt tracing the remains of the Berlin Wall learning about life in a divided city as well as getting a glimpse of modern Berlin by visiting Parliament, or the Bundestag, and seeing the youthful, artistic, and cosmopolitan aspects of the city. Enjoy learning about amazing medieval and modern architecture, local cuisine, museums, cathedrals, and castles as you travel by train or bus to the Bavarian region to see the charm of Nuremburg then it’s on to exploring Munich with a day trip to Salzburg, Austria, the birth place of Mozart, and the resort town of Berchtesgaden, home to Hitler’s retreat and a visit to the bunker system still open to the public. As learning sociologists, we will investigate a new land using our “sociological imagination” to understand social forces and social phenomena which are normally difficult to uncover due to their “everyday” nature and become more evident when our place changes.
Summer 2021 & COVID-19 Notice:
Currently, USG Goes Global is planning for Summer 2021 programs to run on-site in the traditional study abroad faculty-led model. However, there is a chance that travel may not be possible to some or all program locations in Summer 2021 due to COVID-19. USG Goes Global is planning a virtual study abroad back-up plan for each program in case travel is not feasible by next summer. This would mean that if travel isn’t possible, programs and courses will still be conducted online and will include virtual study abroad elements such as guest lecturers from each study abroad location, virtual museum tours, virtual group activities, etc. and students will receive their expected course credit. Note: whether programs operate on-site or virtually, courses that do not reach sufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation. Should programs need to shift to the virtual option, all students will default to virtual study abroad, and all students will still pay tuition ($199/credit hour) but the program fee would be reduced to the $300 deposit rather than the full program fee + airfare cost.
The Estimated Program Cost of $1,700 Includes:
-Accommodation for the program's duration in Berlin, Nuremberg, and Munich
-Partial meal plan
-Local field trips & tours as part of courses
-Health insurance policy providing coverage for any medical expenses that may incur
-Some free days to explore on your own locally or travel to other locations
The Estimated Program Cost of $1,700 Does Not Include:
-Tuition, which will be paid directly to each student's home institution. The USG Goes Global tuition rate is $199/credit hour.
-Airfare: students may choose to purchase their airfare to fly with the group or arrange their own airfare separately. The cost listed on this page does not include an estimate for the roundtrip airfare.
-Textbooks or other required course materials
-Ground transport to/from Atlanta airport
-Passport or visa expenses
-Personal spending money for meals that are not included, souvenirs, or personal travel
-A valid passport is required to travel to Europe. US passport holders do not need an additional visa to travel to the Europe. US passport holders do not need an additional visa to travel to Europe. If you do not currently hold a valid passport, you may apply for one through the US Department of State. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their institutional representative for assistance in determining whether or not a visa is required for travel to the Europe. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the conclusion of intertational travel.
-The cost range listed on this page is an estimate of the total cost of the program fee plus roundtrip airfare. Students may choose to purchase the group flight through USG Goes Global or purchase their own flight separately. The cost range estimated on this page does not include the cost for tuition.
Coursework will be completed through onsite lectures, walking tours, and group discussions coupled with readings, writing assignments, and online lectures. Coursework will begin in the weeks before program departure, and will continue after program conclusion via online content. Students may take either one or two courses for a total of three or six credit hours. Students should reach out to their Institutional Representative to find out their home institution's course equivalencies. Each course's syllabus is linked here.
2021 Course Offerings:
Introduction to Sociology with a German Context
- How do German institutions and culture compare to American institutions and culture?
Comparative Sociology: German Culture & Institutions - an exploration in the role of culture, religion, race, & nationaism in shaping Germany's past & present
- What were the historical, institutional, geographical, and cultural factors that lead to the rise and success of Hitler? Do we see any of the same trends today, Germany or elsewhere?
- What are the institutional and cultural factors shaping a modern Germany? Is Germany a unified country? Was there a long-term impact of the east/west divide?
USG Goes Global reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time due to low enrollment or any other appropriate circumstance (including but not limited to situations that may endanger the health or safety of participants) in USG Goes Global's sole discretion. If USG Goes Global cancels the program, only those fees or costs that USG Goes Global is able to have returned by the third-party service providers will be returned to participants and the program cancellation schedule will still apply. (In the event of a course cancellation by USG Goes Global, any return of a participant's paid tuition will be determined separately by the tuition refund policy of the participant's college or university).
USG Goes Global Program Manager