BERLIN: Photography in Context – CLOSED

Berlin, Germany

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 5-August 5, 2014

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - January 26, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Andrea Raynor (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Berlin 2014 Information Session: 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:15 -6:00 p.m. 305 Ryder Hall 

Term: Summer II


  • ARTE 2500: Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography
  • ARTE 2501: Art & Design Abroad: German Cultural History


Photography in Context, Berlin is an intensive photography study abroad program. Classes offered will be ARTE 2500 (Documentary Photography) and ARTE2501 (German Cultural History).

In the Documentary course, students will develop their photographic skills working within a narrative visual format, while refining their unique photographic perspectives. Students will commit and immerse themselves to a term length project that will work towards developing strong editing skills and a concise narrative. Students must have been enrolled in Photo Basics or demonstrate advanced knowledge of digital photography and editing software.

The German Cultural History course will focus on the creative context of contemporary Germany, particular attention will be paid to photography, the visual arts and architecture. Class visits to museums, galleries, local studios, walking architectural tours and visiting lecturers by local artists will be an integral part of the class. This class is open to the university, with no pre-requisite.





ARTE 2500: Art & Design Abroad: Studio (Documentary Photography)

  • Students must have been enrolled in Photo Basics or demonstrate knowledge of digital photography and editing software.

ARTE 2501: Art & Design Abroad: History (German Cultural History)

  • No necessary pre-requisites.

Host University

Northeastern University will be working with IES Abroad, an in-country program, to host this Dialogue program. The studio and study center are located within friendly neighborhoods filled with galleries, cafes, specialty shops, and music stores. IES Abroad has been providing quality study abroad programming for US universities for over 60 years, and has a strong reputation for excellence in the field of international education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • This dialogue is open to students from across the University.
  • Students who wish to enroll in ARTE2500  class must have taken Photo Basics for Majors or for Non-Majors either on campus or abroad or have a working knowledge of a DSLR camera and Adobe Photo Shop.
  • There are no pre-requisites for ARTE 2501, and no previous knowledge of photography or art history is necessary.
  • Students applying for the dialogue must interview in person. The faculty leader will evaluate students based on GPA, travel experience, and overall excitement for studying abroad.

Application Procedure


        • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
        • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
        • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
        • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
        1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
        2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
        3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
        4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $3000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.



IES Abroad will arrange housing for students in shared apartment accommodations. No meals are provided with this housing option but kitchen facilities are available. Three students will share each apartment. Two students will share one bedroom; one student will have his or her own bedroom. Each student will have the option, via IES Abroad’s online housing form, to indicate their desire to have a private bedroom at additional cost.


In the political upheavals of the last two centuries, Germany's attempts to assert itself as world player have also left their impression on the arts. Once a symbol by the postwar division of Germany and Europe, Berlin today has emerged as a pivotal city in the middle of a continent moving towards economic and political unity, while also preserving traditions of cultural, regional, and artistic diversity. Berlin offers students a uniquely rich and layered experience. Culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods mark a city functioning not only as the federal and national, national capital, but also as the new center of European Union decision-making and business, and as a springboard to eastern Europe. Precisely these multifarious roles and tensions continue to make Berlin the setting for critical inquiry and a flourishing arts scene.