Study Abroad


Berlin Yesterday and Today: The Holocaust and coming to terms with the past

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4470
SAU Course Equivalency: GS 201, Third Semester German, or higher (four credits)
Instructor: Susanne M. Wagner and Joan Piorkowski, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Dates: Jan. 2-30, 2015 (NOTE: SAU Spring semester begins January 14)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Price: $5,105-$5,405 (subject to change)

Program Description

Put your German to work in real-life situations. Earn academic credit, while living in and learning about the capital of Germany and its history and culture! Berlin presents a wealth of material and opportunities illustrating different aspects of German history. This course will introduce students to the Third Reich, with special emphasize on the Holocaust and the resistance to Hitler.

The city, its culture and past will serve as a site of research, active learning, and remembrance, demonstrating the relevance of history to understand current events in context. More than sixty years after the end of World War II, the Third Reich still engenders public debate and political decisions. The more extreme a regime, the more consequent the resistance against it! The German resistance to Hitler is characterized by its failure and due to its failure, one might say, World War II continued and death tolls reached their historic numbers. However, the effects the German resistance had on post war Germany are immense and can still be felt today. By visiting the city of Berlin, the heart of Nazi Germany, students gain a visceral understanding of the period from the 1930's to 1945. Site visits in and outside of Berlin include concentration camps, monuments, memorials, and museums, which represent the recent efforts of the Germans to come to terms with this past. The themes of the course include the causes of the Holocaust and the reactions to it, the connection between politics and place, the experience of victims in representative memoirs, and the role of memory in the aftermath for both victims and perpetrators.

Berlin is one of the most important cultural centers in Germany and Europe, and provides an ideal "jumping-off" location for weekend excursions to absorb the art and culture of Germany. Several walking tours and day trips to nearby points of interest (Potsdam, Wannsee) help round out your experience of the many influences that converge to shape modern Germany and Europe. Weekend excursions to Weimar and Erfurt (Cultural Center of the Weimarer Klassik and the Weimar Republic) as well as nearby Buchenwald further highlight and reveal the blending of past and current events and Jewish and Christian cultures.

What is Included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not covered by the program fee - approximately $630
  • Personal baggage fees

How to Apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Turn in a completed Liability Form to Cosgrove Hall, lower level.
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to Cosgrove Hall, lower level. Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

Application and payment details

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.