Germany

The Virginia Military Institute, in partnership with Studienforum Berlin, is pleased to present two summer four-week programs in Berlin, the capital of Germany. 

Dates:  May 19 - June 18, 2014

2014 Cost: $4900, excluding airfare (Subject to BOV approval)  

Fees include tuition, books, accommodation with host families, two meals/day, public transportation (pass for the subway, trams and buses), sightseeing tours in Berlin and Potsdam, excursion to Weimar and Buchenwald, museum entrance fees, as well as airport pick-up and drop-off service. International airfare is not included.           

Program Director 

Mrs. Patricia Hardin, who has been teaching German at VMI since 2000, will serve as the Program Director. Mrs. Hardin, who was born in communist Romania, immigrated to Germany when she was 10 years old and spent many years living, and attending school, in Germany until coming to the US to attend college at Wake Forest University in 1984. She received her Masters degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eligibility 

Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 31 January 2014.

Program Option 1: German Language Program 

  • 4 weeks of formal language and culture instruction. 
  • Room and Board 

Students will be living with German families. This allows students to practice and reinforce their German language skills with native speakers and allows them to see German culture ‘up close and personal.’ Students will share two meals a day with their German family. 

  • Academic Facilities 

Language instruction will be provided by Die Neue Schule, one of the best known language schools in Berlin. Die Neue Schule has earned the status of a "Supplementary Private School" and is supervised by the Berlin Government. The school is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance to the heart of Berlin and to the subway stations. The modern classrooms are equipped with the latest instructional technologies.

The language instruction portion of the academic program will consist of four weeks of formal German language instruction (80 contact hours), at the 200- and 300-level, conducted in Berlin at the Die Neue Schule. Students who successfully complete the course of instruction will earn six credit hours in German.

In Berlin, some of the culture lectures, as well as some of the cultural tours, will be provided by Dr. Hanns D. Jacobsen, a long-time resident of Berlin who has published extensively on international political and economic issues, including the subject of European integration.

The cultural portion of the academic program will consist of weekly lectures addressing specific cultural topics followed by weekly topic-specific excursions in Berlin and other German areas. As part of this cultural program, students will learn about Imperial and Nazi Germany as they visit the Jewish Museum and the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald. They will learn about the division and re-unification of Germany as they visit the former German Democratic Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Stasi prison Hohenschönhausen as well as cities such as Dresden, previously under the “iron curtain.” They will experience the cultural life of contemporary Germany as they visit contemporary art exhibits and concerts, and shop at the most trendy boutiques and one of the largest department stores in Europe, KaDeWe. Since Berlin is the capital city of Germany, students will learn about the German government and political system through a visit to the Reichstag, the German Capital Building. Students will alsovisit the Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, and the Cecilienhof Palace, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference.

The program also offers one optional weekend excursion to the Southwestern part of Germany as well as to the Alsace region in France. This optional excursion includes a day trip to the Black Forest for the customary German hiking (Wandern). The group will take a car ferry across the famous Rhine River. The first stop on this day trip is a guided tour at the Maginot Line Museum followed by a visit to Colmar, a typical Alsacien city. There, the group will visit the museum of Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty and will dine on the typical meal of Tarte Flambée (Flammenkuchen). 

Program Option 2: Engineering Program 

  • No foreign language requirement 
  • Col Michael Hardin will be teaching two Mechanical Engineering Courses
    • ME 302 - Dynamics
    • ME487X - Global Engineering

List of excursion in conjunction with the Global Engineering class:

  •  Science Park Adlershof
  •  BMW Motorcycle Plant
  • Siemens
  • Transparent VW Factory in Dresden,  Germany
  • Technical University Berlin
  •  Frauenhofer Institute of Production Systems and Design Technology
  •  Museum of German Technology
  • Room and Board 

Students will be living with German families who speak English. This allows students to see German culture ‘up close and personal.’ Students will share two meals a day with their German family. 

  • Academic Facilities 

The engineering classroom is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance to the heart of Berlin and to the subway stations.

As part of the engineering cultural program, students will learn about Imperial and Nazi Germany as they visit the Jewish Museum and the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald. They will learn about the division and re-unification of Germany as they visit the former German Democratic Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Stasi prison Hohenschönhausen as well as cities such as Dresden, previously under the “iron curtain.” They will experience the cultural life of contemporary Germany as they visit contemporary art exhibits and concerts, and shop at the most trendy boutiques and one of the largest department stores in Europe, KaDeWe. Since Berlin is the capital city of Germany, students will learn about the German government and political system through a visit to the Reichstag, the German Capital Building. Students will alsovisit the Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, and the Cecilienhof Palace, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference.

The program also offers one optional weekend excursion to the Southwestern part of Germany as well as to the Alsace region in France. This optional excursion includes a day trip to the Black Forest for the customary German hiking (Wandern). The group will take a car ferry across the famous Rhine River. The first stop on this day trip is a guided tour at the Maginot Line Museum followed by a visit to Colmar, a typical Alsacien city. There, the group will visit the museum of Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty and will dine on the typical meal of Tarte Flambée (Flammenkuchen).