Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Berlin: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee are a range of activities which will take you outside Berlin and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Germany.

Week-Long European City Excursion

Included in program fee

Each semester includes a mandatory week-long excursion to different European destinations. Students have a choice between three options: Warsaw/Kraków, Prague/Vienna, or Belgium/Netherlands. All of these feature visits to multiple destinations, museums, sites of political or historical importance.

Includes all transportation, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, entrances to sites included on the itinerary, city tours with professional guides and accompanying FU Berlin representatives.

Potsdam (day trip)

Included in program fee

Potsdam is one of Europe’s most impressive royal capitals and visitors are drawn to the many palaces, parks and landscaped gardens that led to the city being awarded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status. Once a garrison town, Potsdam survived WWII relatively unscathed and was chosen by the Allies as the location for the 1945 Treaty of Potsdam which laid the ground work for the demilitarization, reparation and reconstruction of Germany after the war had ended. The city center itself has a vibrant mixture of restaurants, cafés and bars which together with the stunning architecture and green spaces make it well worth a visit.

Includes transportation, entrances as indicated on the itinerary and professionally guided tour.

Weekend Excursion to the Baltic Sea (2 days)

Included in program fee

Stralsund is located right at the Baltic Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with historic Brick Gothic architecture, a mediaeval Hanseatic history and fascinating museums of marine life like the German Marine Museum and the OZEANEUM aquarium. First mentioned in 1234 Stralsund became part of the Hanseatic League and the town center features many well-preserved buildings from the 13th to the 18th Century like the impressive Gothic Town Hall or St. Mary’s Church as well as several monasteries. The island of Rügen offers a picturesque landscape of chalk cliffs, beech forests and sandy beaches.

Students spend a weekend in Stralsund and Rügen, visiting the Oceanographic Museum and going on a walking tour of Stralsund and the chalk cliffs.

Includes travel, sightseeing walking tour, entrance as indicated in the itinerary and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

Weekend Excursion to Erfurt and Weimar (2 days)

Included in program fee

Erfurt is located at the heart of Germany with a mostly intact medieval town center, a fortress upon the hill overlooking the city and a rich history. Martin Luther became a monk in this city and his monastery remains open to visitors. The Krämerbrücke, merchant bridge, is the only bridge north of the Alps with inhabited, half-timbered houses, almost the same since 1486. You are staying in Erfurt on Saturday, and have time to explore further after a short walk around the town. The next morning, take a short train ride to Weimar, home of the Bauhaus, Weimar Republic, and to German poets Schiller and Goethe and musicians Liszt and Bach. After a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Duchess-Anna-Amalia-Library you are free to see the gardens, the house Goethe lived in until he died in 1832 or the palace and painting gallery.

Includes travel, sightseeing walking tour, entrance as indicated in the itinerary and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

Memorial Site Sachsenhausen (former concentration camp) (day trip)

Included in program fee

Constructed in 1936, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp became a “model camp” in the concentration camp system. The SS administration center for all concentration camps was also located here. Until 1945, more than 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen; tens of thousands died from hunger, sickness, forced labor and abuse, or were victims of systematic extermination. More than 3,000 prisoners who remained in the camp were freed on the 22nd and 23rd of April, 1945 by Soviet and Polish soldiers. The camp was used from 1945 to 1950 as a Soviet Special Camp. 60,000 people were imprisoned in these barracks by the Soviet Secret Service; around 12,000 of them died of hunger and sickness. In 1961, the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site was opened. There is a permanent exhibition covering diverse aspects of the historical location: Jewish Prisoners, The Prisoners “Daily Life”, Medical Care and Crimes, Murder and Mass Murder, Inspectorate of Concentration Camps, Soviet Special Camp.

Chancellor’s Office (Bundeskanzleramt) (day trip)

Included in program fee

The German Chancellery encompasses the executive office of the Chancellor, the head of the German federal government. The primary function of the officials working there is to assist the Chancellor in coordinating the activities of the Federal Government. Bundeskanzleramt is also the name of the building that houses the personal offices of the Chancellor and the Chancellery staff.

Memorial Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (day trip)

Included in program fee

Between 1951 and 1989, East Germany's Stasi (secret police) used this site in Hohenschönhausen as a pre-trial detention center/prison. Holding mainly political prisoners, it was infamous for its regime of physical and psychological torture meted out to inmates. Following the fall of the Communist regime and the disbanding of the Stasi, the prison was converted into a memorial museum. The prison was originally established in 1945 by the Soviet NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, as an internment camp. This camp was closed in October 1946 but the basement of the central building was converted into cells and served as the main detention and interrogation center for dissidents and others considered undesirable by the regime. It was taken over by the East German Stasi in 1951. Following the construction of the Berlin Wall, many individuals whose escape attempts had failed were held here.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.