Spend the Summer 2 term studying photography or design in Berlin, Germany. Students can choose either the Documentary Photography class or the Design Process, Context + Systems class. All students will be enrolled in the German Cultural History Class. All classes are open to all students in the University. The Photography and Design classes can serve as electives to students outside of the Art + Design Department, and fulfill major and minor requirements to students within the department. The German Cultural History credits will fulfill the university requirement of Comparative Study of Cultures.

We will have 6 visiting guest artists and speakers; outside final review visiting critics. Immersion in design and photography practices throughout the program via museum, gallery and biennial visits. Historical context is shaped by visiting specific sites such as the Bauhaus, Sans Souci, Wall memorial, Topography of Terror, and Sachsenhausen.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: February 15, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • What are your expectations for studying, living and making work in Berlin?

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

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Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: We will conduct 6-8 miles walks during field trips, which will happen 2-3 times a week.

Courses

We offer a choice between Design and Photography in the exciting cosmopolitan creative environment of Berlin! Berlin offers myriad CO-OP and future employment opportunities. Choose either the Documentary Photography class or the Design Process, Context + Systems class. Also participate the German Cultural History Class. All classes are open to all students in the University. The Photography and Design classes can serve as electives to students outside of the Art + Design Department and fulfill major and minor requirements to students within the department. The German Cultural History credits will fulfill the university requirement of Comparative Study of Cultures.

Choose one of the following:
  • ARTE2500 - Documentary Photography : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) NUpath and Interpreting Cultures (IC) NUpath) Offers an intensive studio course taken abroad and taught by an art and design faculty member. Exposure to regional artists, history, culture, museums, architecture, and physical geography provide focus of study and creative exploration. May be repeated without limit.
  • ARTG1250 - Design Process, Context + Systems : Explores common design practices, principles, and vocabularies, introducing the design process as a method of inquiry and problem solving through studio projects. Emphasizes the importance of an awareness of audience and context in the creation of meaningful communications and experiences. Explores the practice of design as an iterative process, offering students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of the value of systems thinking and the importance of feedback and exchange as a means for assessing the quality of design’s effectiveness in helping users achieve their goals. Taught abroad. May be repeated without limit.
Students are required to take:
  • ARTE2501 - German Cultural History : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) NUpath and Interpreting Cultures (IC) NUpath)  Offers an intensive history course taken abroad and taught by an art history, design, or art faculty member. Exposure to regional and international artists, history, culture, museums, landscape architecture, galleries, material culture, and architecture provide a rich context for studying the history of art and design. Offers students an opportunity to understand narrative and visual components through detailed hands-on workshops and detailed creation of artistic formats, including design, text essays, photographic essays, temporary exhibitions, video art projections, and live performances as artifacts. May be repeated without limit.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,750.00
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals).

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,224.00
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program: $981 on meals and $243 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

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Destination

Berlin was a nexus of 20th-century European culture and has been a symbol of both tremendous progress as well as destruction. In the 21st century, Berlin has become both the hope and the testing ground of what Europe will be in the next fifty years. We intend for this dialogue to expose our students—through the practice of photography and design—to the follies of the past and the promise of the future, while we train them in the discipline of developing a considered visual response to direct observation.

As part of the German Cultural History Class, students will have guided tours of:

The Karl-Marx-Alle, The Sehitlik Mosque, The German History Museum, Guided City Walking Tour of Nazi Berlin, Entrance into the Jewish Museum, The Reichstag & Regierungsviertel, The Stasi Museum, The Bernauer Strasse;
2 Day trips planned to:

Dessau; Bauhaus tour, to include the Masters’ Houses

Potsdam; Guided walking tour of the city, Entrance to Sanssouci Neues Palais Cecilienhof Castle and Park

Overnight trip to one other city (Dresden, Weimar or Hamburg).

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Germany here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Apartment : TBA.Student apartment housing; shared apartments between 2 to 3 students each. Specifics TBA. Accessibility to laundry cleaning.

Host University or Organization

IES Abroad is an experienced third party study abroad provider located in Berlin Mitte. We have collaborated with the IES team in the past 3 years to manage all local activities/events pertaining to the program, as well as student accommodation, transportation, and health and safety suppor

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