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· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English & Foreign Language
Click here for a definition of this term Language Interest: German Click here for a definition of this term Academic Focus: Language and Culture
Program Type: Faculty-led Additional Info/Reqs: 4 or more semesters of college-level German language required.
Program Description:


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Located in the heart of Europe, Germany is an ideal landing point for getting a glimpse of Europe. The beautiful summer weather allows for many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as well as the rich cultural life, making it an ideal location for international study. Berlin, the cultural and political capital of Germany, is a city of 3.5 million people with fascinating historical, political, and cultural points of interest.

The Advanced German Language and Culture program students will enroll in courses, taught by WSU Professor Dr. Joshua Bonzo. The courses offered in Berlin will count towards major or minor and are not transfer courses. They are 5-weeks in length and offer instruction at the upper-division level in German. Financial aid is available for all those who qualify.

Berlin is an ideal place to study German language and culture and offers a great home base for seeing the rest of Germany. Weekly excursions are covered by the tuition costs and students may opt to travel on the weekends on their own discretion.

WSU Sponsoring Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

External Partner: IES Abroad works with WSU to offer this program providing all onsite logistics and housing
Program Dates: 
May 27- June 29, 2019 (Note: Participants need to arrange airfare to arrive in Berlin on May 27. Participants must depart on June 29.  Accommodations are only provided the evening May 27 through the morning of June 29.)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility:
    • Language proficiency at the 200 level.
Please Note: a minimum number of 10 participants is needed for this program.



Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate: $7,621

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $1,075
WSU Tuition $3,078
Global Learning Application Fee $200
International Insurance Fee $68
     Total Paid to WSU $4,421

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses    $1,500
International Airfare  $1,500
Books and Supplies  $60
U.S. Passport**  $140
Visa** (not required for US Citizens)   N/A
  Total Estimated Additional Expenses   $3,200

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: Feb 1, 2019
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $500 Feb 18, 2019
Feb 22, 2019
 Application Fee  $200
 International Insurance  $68
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $575 March 15, 2019
 WSU Tuition $3,078 
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




WSU CoursesBerlin-Cathedral-Ig (Choose 2):   AND
  • Choose 1 from either: GER 308 (3 credits): Intermediate Grammar and Writing OR  GER 408 (3 credits): Advanced Grammar and Writing
  • AND
  • Choose 1 from either: GER 320 (3 credits): German Culture OR GER 420 (3 credits): Socio-Cultural History of the German Language
Course Pre-requisites: Language proficiency at the 200 level.

Non-WSU Courses: N/A

Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

750501-berlin-wallpaperBerlin is the largest city in Germany. It is in the northeastern part of Germany.

Berlin is a bustling city with a diverse cultural scene! It is known for its museums, art scene, sporting events, landmarks, orchestras, and festivals.

  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
  • City Size: 3,562,166 according to a 2014 study
  • Weather: Average temperature in May & June is 54-74°F.

Accommodation Information
Participants will stay with families in Berlin.  IES Abroad will arrange housing for the School’s students in homestays with local residents.  These are arranged for the dates of the program only, housing is only available from the morning of May 27 to the morning of June 28 . No meals will be provided, however kitchen facilities will be available. Internet will be included.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Germany does not require an entry visa for U.S. citizens staying less than 90 days in the Schengen territories. As of 7.2016
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply


Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. Click "Apply Now" to begin an application.  You will be in "Application Phase." Complete the application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
  • Please Note: Items which say "NOT Required by Deadline" can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

FacultyBerlin, Germany-WSU Potsdam'15 Director:
Joshua Bonzo

Global Learning Department:
(509) 335-6204


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.