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Germany

Germany: Berlin
IES Metropolitan Studies

Using Berlin as a case study, the Metropolitan Studies Program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative analysis and interdisciplinary courses, students will study topics such as Cultural Identity, Gender and Sexual Politics, Multiculturalism, Tacheles, Berlin, Germanyand Urban Studies. Courses focus on Central Europe, but include comparisons to other metropolises in Western and Eastern Europe and the United States. The program is ideal for students majoring in Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or Urban Studies.

A center of modern European history, Berlin has no equal for leaving its imprint on political, social, and cultural history in the 20th century. One of Europe's most vibrant cities, Berlin boasts a wide array of museums, art galleries, theaters, and cabarets, and its taste for artistic and social experimentation and effervescent night life are as alive today as they were in the 1920s. Berlin, a center for business, politics, and culture, and an ideological crossroads where East meets West, is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century.

Located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, the IES Center is just a five-minute walk from the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament. It is housed on the second floor of a modern red brick building and offers classrooms, a small library, a computer lab, and a student lounge with wireless internet access.

Dates
Fall (Sept to Dec) or spring (Jan to June) semester

Fields of Study
German language, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies.

Eligibility & Application

3.0 CGPA; two semesters of college-level German; completion of coursework in Urban Studies, including The City I & II, is strongly encouraged.

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the IES Abroad application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The IES Abroad application can be found on the IES Abroad web site. The IES application may be submitted online; students must be sure to complete all components, including the IES Language Evaluation form.

Academic Program
Students take 5-6 courses for a total of 15 to 19 credits per semester. All courses are taught in English, except for the German language courses. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the IES Abroad application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The IES Abroad application can be found on the IES Abroad web site. The IES application may be submitted online; students must be sure to complete all components, including the IES Language Evaluation form.

Previous German language study is not required. Students who have less than two years of college-level German are required to enroll in a German language course in addition to the mandatory intensive German instruction conducted during orientation.

Field Study and Field Trips
A unique highlight of the program is its experiential component. Students experience the streets, neighborhoods, and museums of Berlin, and learn by interacting with the local environment. In addition, the program utilizes local resources such as embassies, consulates, cultural centers, and other partners and NGOs based in Berlin. A field study trip to Paris, France and St. Petersburg, Russia provides a comparative context for study.  

Individual Research Topics
Students have the option to develop an individual research project related to topics discussed in the program courses. Projects can be formal research papers, presentations, websites, texts, performances, videos or other forms of multimedia.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live with Germans in homes and apartments throughout the city through homestay arrangements made by IES.
 
Internet Links
www.iesabroad.org/

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