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URI FLP - Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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The German-STEM Immersion School in Berlin is a six-week, eight-credit, faculty-led summer immersion program in the heart of Berlin - Germany's capital and cultural center. In addition to formal classroom instruction, you will explore Berlin and other German cities, visit sights of cultural and historical significance, and participate in program-sponsored co-curricular activities such as museum and theater visits, sports activities, or barbecues with your new friends - all while speaking German. In fact: By taking the German pledge, you will agree to exclusively communicate in German from Monday to Friday - inside and outside the classroom. Research has shown that this approach is the most effective way to learn a language. Through this full immersion environment, and the pledge, you will find yourself speaking, thinking, and even dreaming in German in no time. Delicious German breakfasts and lunches are included in the program fee, and offer another opportunity to interact with your fellow German students.

Based on the 30 year experience of URI's nationally recognized German International Engineering program, the  Immersion School in Berlin combines the study of German language, literature and culture with Technical German and Intercultural Training, preparing STEM students like yourself for the global marketplace. In addition to a 4-credit Advanced Conversational German course, you will take a 4-credit Advanced Technical German course. You will hear a series of lectures by scientists and engineers, similar to those offered at German universities, and will visit research facilities and companies. Guest lecturers will be from a variety of STEM fields addressing questions of interest to students from a broad variety to STEM disciplines. This includes among other topics "The Car of the Future" and "The Art of Making Chocolate", both of which include a field trip to a nearby factory. Other company visits may include Heurolabs (Artificial Intelligence), SAP, Google, Siemens, Vattenfall (Energy), Daimler, Volkswagen, MTU Aero Engines, Bosch, and others. At the end of the program, you will also give your own STEM-related presentations in German. You will have the opportunity to visit TOA, Europe's leading technology festival on your own time (entrance fee: 99 EUR), where previous speakers included co-founders of companies such as SoundCloud, Wunderlist, YouTube, and Flicker, and a female NASA astronaut.

While the German-STEM Immersion School in Berlin is based in the scenic Pankow district on the outskirts of Berlin, you will also go on two 4-day excursions, one to the southwestern state Baden-Württemberg (including Stuttgart and Heidelberg), and one to Bavaria (including Munich).

This program is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of approximately six semesters of college German.  ​


GER 315: Language Study Abroad (4 credits)
GER 411: Advanced Technical German (3 credits)
GER 497: Directed Study (1 credit, topic: Advanced Technical German) 

Alternative option for students who are in the IEP program and therefore already take GER315/16 during their year abroad:

GER 215: Advanced Conversational German (4 credits)
GER 411: Advanced Technical German (3 credits)
GER 497: Directed Study (1 credit, topic: Advanced Technical German)

The academic program will be supplemented with:
- Full immersion environment with German pledge
- Cultural and academic excursions to other German cities: Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Munich
- Co-Curricular programming in Berlin: museums, theater, etc.
- Site and industry visits in different STEM fields
- Accommodation and two meals per day
- Time to explore Berlin and other German cities in small groups on your own


You will stay in apartment-style dorm rooms on the campus of Bard College Berlin. Students share bedrooms and have access to a communal kitchen and living room. On campus, there is also a library and lounge space for students. Each apartment building has coin-operated washers and dryers in the basement.

Program Fee: $5,775

Program cost includes: 
  • 8 URI credits
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees subject to change

Niko Tracksdorf
(401) 874-2361
Niko Tracksdorf is Assistant Professor of German, and Associate Director of the German International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island. 


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