We offer day trips that complement your IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Past activities have included:
- Tours of Berlin’s multicultural neighborhoods to examine topics of religion, migration, youth culture, and demographics
- Tours of art and advertising found on Berlin’s public transportation
- Attendance at a soccer game
- Walking tours of the Stolpersteine Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Cemetery
- Architectural tours of Potsdamer Platz and former East Berlin
- Lectures at the American Chamber of Commerce
- Meetings with Berlin-based ambassadors of foreign countries
Required Course-Related Trip
This program includes one course-related trip per semester (4-5 days), which allows you to learn first-hand about the challenges facing dynamic countries such as Poland or France.
In France, you will spend time in Paris, where you will experience a new perspective on the French capital as you discuss migration and diversity from an urban studies point-of-view and explore the city's cultural and ethnic diversity in guided tours.
In Poland, your time will be focused in Warsaw but may also include time in a smaller city such as Wroclaw or Krakow. Here you will explore European history and urban development in a comparative perspective through architectural tours, museum visits and encounters with the local academic community.
Course-related trips are required, integral academic components of this program, and include activities and assignments that are specifically related to the courses that you are taking in Berlin. Most costs of the course-related trips are included in the IES Abroad program fee. During the 4-5 days, you will visit one country.
Please note that trip destinations are subject to change.