Germany and Poland: Holocaust and Genocide Studies – CLOSED

Berlin, Germany

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  • Summer 2 Semester - June 30 - July 31, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

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 Leaders: Professor Natalie Bormann ( &  Veronica Czastkiewicz (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions: 

  • Monday, October 21st 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Thursday, October 24th 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Tuesday, October 29th 4.15 - 5.15 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)

Term: Summer II


  • POLS4937: Government and Politics Learning Abroad in Germany and Poland
  • INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: The role of Trauma and Collective Memory in Europe today


This program offers students immersion into the role and legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and Poland – as one of the most significant and traumatic topics of Europe’s shared history and politics.  Students will travel to Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow – cities that played central roles during the Holocaust and that continue to be central as sites of remembrance, memory and trauma.

The program consists of visits to key sites of trauma and memory, including the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, the Nuremberg trial courtroom, Schindler’s factory, the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Villa Wannsee, and many more sites.  These visits are complemented by lectures, seminars, guided tours – given by faculty of the University of Munich, the Free University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University Krakow - interviews with Holocaust survivors, and by archival research.



POLS 4937 – Government and Politics: Learning Abroad in Germany and Poland

INTL 4944 – Dialogue of Civilizations: The role of Trauma and Collective Memory in Europe today

Host University

The Dialogue works closely with the Institute of Contemporary History (Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte, IfZ), which is a national research institution with locations in Munich and Berlin.   The Institute is affiliated with the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilian Universitaet, LMU), one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious Universities. 

The program offered to our students is sponsored by the EU (the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, EHRI).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academics:  Students have to meet the 2.5 GPA requirement.
  • Physical requirements: Students must be prepared to walk every day, and with some walking tours averaging 4-5 hours.  There are also bike tours scheduled.
  • Other: Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of this Dialogue, faculty leaders will interview each applicant to discuss ways of engaging with sites of trauma and conflict.

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:$2,000

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.


The group will be staying in Hotels throughout the entire Dialogue.  Hotels include:

  • free breakfast
  • internet access
  • central location
  • easy access to public transportation


Munich – Nuremberg – Berlin – Warsaw - Krakow

Students will receive a EuroRail Pass, which allows them to travel unlimitedly by rail throughout Germany and Poland.  All group travel will be done by rail.