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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
HWS  Short Term Summer Faculty Led Program
Germany: Politics of Memory + Space in Berlin, Germany; 1 Credit
Led by: Alysia Kaplan and Gabriella D'Angelo in partnership with IES abroad

Berlin Summer


City Description:
Berlin is a city that has developed out of war, ruin, and political divides It has been a laboratory for some of the most important architectural movements of the 20th century (Bauhaus, Modernist, Soviet, Postmodern), and is also home to graffiti, cabaret, and punk, which makes the conversation between official and unofficial culture vital. Artists, politicians, curators, and outsiders of all kinds, have been attracted to Berlin for decades because here they can be agents of their cultural future. Berlin has become a melting pot of innovation and futuristic thinking, while allowing visitors to explore the vast array of history which has shaped such a remarkable city.​

Course Description:
This study trip explores the intersections of architecture, art, memory, and modernity through the case of Berlin. Through immersion in the city, students will gain foundational skills in urban observation, mapping, historical research, and the act of memory on the creative process. We will explore the city’s modern and historical art and architecture in the context of global and historical developments including imperialism, world war, municipal socialism, fascism, the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, and democratization and capital building. We will meet local artists and historians and study the legacies of modernity in the city’s everyday lived experience.

Themes and Focuses of the Course:
  • Equip students with concrete architectural, artistic, urban, and historical research skills
  • Teach students to interrogate how buildings, landscapes, and cities are in the process of being continuously made and unmade by historical change and complex human and material agency
  • Students will use photography and digital visual manipulation software, like Photoshop and Illustrator, to capture and create their findings into a series of artistic compositions and short writings                                  
Faculty Directors:
Alysia Kaplan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rochester, NY and an Assistant Professor of Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Illustrative Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a MFA in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Kaplan has visited Berlin a number of times over the past 14 years and lived there during the summer of 2013. She also has a number of friends who are working artists and professors in the city whom she plans to call on to give talks to the students.


Gabriella D’Angelo received a Master of Architecture I from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Architecture II from The Cooper Union.  A designer in the city of Geneva, NY and an Assistant Professor of Art + Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Gabriella continuously experimenting leads to playful investigations of formal, material, experiential, and construction methodologies in conceiving of and realizing evolving architectural typologies and spatial constructions.  Professor D’Angelo has studied Berlin historically and architecturally, and has also led an abroad trip to Rome in the Spring of 2016.

Travel Dates:
Dates: May 21 2019* - June 11 2019
*Group flight will depart from the U.S. on May 20

HWS Info Session:
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018. 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100

Application Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2018 by 11:59pm (Apply online)

Itinerary Highlights:
  • In depth tour of historic and architecturally significant buildings, sites, and museums in Berlin such as:
    • The Reichstag
    • Jewish Museum
    • DDR Museum
    • Glienicke Island
    • Bunker museum
    • Berlin wall
  • Visit Bauhaus in Dessau: A German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts and became famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp: A Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany, used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945
  • Explore the ancient Spreewald Nature Reserve. Designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1999, the Spreewald is best known for its traditional irrigation system which consists of more than 200 small canals
Housing and Meals:
While in Berlin, students will be housed in shared hostel or hotel accommodation provided by IES. All students will live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "people's market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, and flowers. A typical room houses up to four students.

Breakfasts only are included in the program cost and students should budget for lunches and dinners not included. Students will be expected to budget for all meals on travel/excursion days at approximately $7-10 USD per meal ($400-500 total).

Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the cost and booking info for the flight once it’s available. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the group flight offered through Advantage Travel. There is an option to have this cost billed to your student account.

Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date of this program to participate. Visas are not required unless you are not a U.S. citizen. Non U.S. citizens should see Anthony Mandela in the CGE about visas as soon as you are accepted.

Germany does not present a noteworthy health risk. Nonetheless, Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations are recommended for many travelers. Please check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations. If you choose to get immunizations, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics  - or possibly with your home doctor or you can contact one of the Passport Health offices in Canandaigua, Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.

Germany FlagIII. Eligibility

Course Pre-requisities:
  • All accepted students will be required to attend periodic group workshops throughout the semester and complete a pre-departure reading list
  • German language skills are helpful but not required
Important note on Application Criteria and Course Credit for Short-term Programs.
Qualified first-years, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors may apply. First-years, sophomores and juniors will have priority and seniors will be admitted on a space-available basis.
GPA Requirement:
Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In the case of first-year students, we will have to wait until your fall grades are in before we can formally admit you. Provided there are spaces available, first years with successful applications may be given a conditional offer based on achieving at least a 2.5 gpa in the fall semester.

Course cross-listings and credit:
The course taught by Professors Kaplan and D'Angelo (“Politics of Memory + Space in Berlin”) will be offered as a 1 credit course through the HWS German Area Studies department and will count towards an 200 elective in ARCH and ART departments. It has been approved by the following departments to receive major/minor elective credit:
  • German area studies
  • Critical Social Studies
  • Art (Art history & Studio art) and Architecture
  • Urban Studies
  • European Studies
  • Holocaust Studies
Advisors in related fields may allow you to count the course for major/minor credit and it is possible to use this course to substantially satisfy Goal requirement #5 (Experience of a Fine or Performing Art). This course may also partially fulfill Goals #6 (Understanding Difference) and #7 (The Multiplicity of World Cultures). Students should always discuss major/minor and goal requirements with their advisor and department chair in advance.


Program Fees:
Program fees will be approximately $2,800-$2,900* for the 3-week program, which will cover tuition, accommodation, all breakfasts, international mandatory health insurance, entrance fees, day trips and excursions.

Students should budget an extra $500-600 above and beyond the program costs for the lunches and dinners not included. Students will also need to budget for round-trip airfare at approximately $1,200, books at $100, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 charged for all faculty-led short-term programs. The administrative fee will show up as a separate charge (separate from the program fee) billed to your student account.
*Costs are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, changes in costs of services provided and the number of students confirmed on the trip.

Click below to access our comprehensive budget estimator, which includes a comprehensive estimate of all expenses:
Germany Budget Estimator

In an effort to assist students in financial hardship wishing to participate in a short-term program, there is a limited pool of HWS funding available. If you are accepted to this program, we will invite you to submit a funding application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and we will contact the financial aid office to verify your need status. We will also contact the Student Affairs office and the Dean’s office to access your social/disciplinary records as part of determining your eligibility for funding. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit for your place on the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:

After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to your program cost.
 Application Deadline  DUE: Oct 15, 2018  by 11:59pm online
 Decision Date  Nov 06, 2018  
 Funding/aid Applications  DUE Nov 06 2018 complete as part of essay section of application
 Funding Decisions Made  Nov 19 2018  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 05 2018  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  Feb 11 2019  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Mar 30 2019  Remaining balance due*

*Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately.

Cancellation Policy:
The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it is in progress or 90 days or less before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Questions? If you have questions about this program, please contact Anthony Mandela in the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3663 or


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.