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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
HWS  Short Term Summer Faculty Led Program
Global Berlin: Everyday Diversity in Berlin, Germany; 1 Credit
Led by: Ervin Kosta and Sandra Chu in partnership with Global Players

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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 will explore the increasing diversity of the German society, and the impact this diversity has had on the (re-)construction of urban spaces through the case of Berlin. Students will learn about the post-war history of population movements in Germany, such as the arrival of gastarbeiter workers in the 1970s through the more recent arrival of refugees, given the central role Germany played in the refugee crisis under the leadership of Angela Merkel. Students will also learn about and explore how the increasing diversity of German society is remaking the urban space of Berlin, and complicating “blood” based definitions of citizenship and nationhood in Germany.

One focus of this program will be the wedding immigrant neighborhood in Berlin, where student research projects will be coordinated and overseen by program director Ervin Kosta. Another central avenue of research will be the exploration of diversity in sports, and the intersection of sport, immigration and urban development. These student research projects will be coordinated and overseen by program director Sandra Chu.

Themes and Focuses of the Course:
  • Overview of Berlin’s immigration history during the second half of the 20th century to date
  • Neighborhood change in the Wedding district, an immigrant working class neighborhood in Berlin
  • The intersection of diversity, sports, and urban space
  • Partnership with Global Players. Student-athletes will be placed on and train with with local teams                              
Faculty Directors:
KostaErvin Kosta is a professor of Sociology and chair of the Urban Studies department at HWS. He has visited Berlin on a number of occasions and has a working knowledge of the city's neighborhood structures and histories, outlines of immigrant and refugee movements, and the topography of divisions between East and West Berlin as they existed before the fall of the Berlin wall. Having moved from one country to another his entire life, he plans on relying on his social, cultural, and logistical skills to carefully guide students through the social and topographical terrain of Berlin. Professor Kosta also speaks fluent Turkish, which will be crucial for successfully navigating immigrant Berlin.

ChuSandra Chu holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University and an MA in English and American Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing, from NYU. Her undergraduate work featured independent research projects in behavioral psychology. She has taught both in private and public high school in Princeton and NYC, as well as an adjunct at NYU. Concurrent with her responsibilities as Head Coach of William Smith Rowing at HWS (17 years), Sandra is a published poet and freelance journalist, and continues to write and consult for various initiatives spanning academics and sports. Her varied professional experiences and background will facilitate the intersection of sports, diversity, and urban space on this program.

Travel Dates:
Dates: Coming Soon. Tentative Dates: May 31 2020* - June 19 2020

HWS Info Session:
Sept 17, 2019 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100

Application Deadline:
Sunday, October 20, 2019 by 11:59pm (Apply online).

Itinerary Highlights:
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Housing and Meals:
While in Berlin, students will be housed by Global Players. Housing will be in double or triple occupancy apartments or student housing in Mitte Berlin. Specifics beyond that depend on enrollment and availability. All students will live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities.

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 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.

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Course Pre-requisities:
  • Program directors Kosta and Chu will offer a required Reader’s College to serve as academic, community building, and leadership skills building prep during the Spring 2020 semester prior to traveling to Berlin for the Study Abroad trip
  • 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 Kosta and Chu will be offered as a 1 credit course through the HWS Urban Studies department. This course will fulfill requirements for majors and minors in Urban Studies, Sociology, German Area Studies, American Studies, and Critical Social Studies.

Advisors in related fields may allow you to count the course for major/minor credit. 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 $Coming Soon$* 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:
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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 the business office 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 20, 2019  11:59pm online
 Decision Date  Nov 12, 2019  
Funding/aid Applications  DUE Nov 12, 2019 complete as part of essay section of application
 Funding Decisions Made  Nov 27 2019  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 17 2019  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  Mar 14 2020  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Apr 06 2020  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 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.