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Federal Republic of Germany 2008-09

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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Germany: Berlin                      
IES German Language & Area
Studies

Berlin has regarded itself as a city of knowledge and culture since the days of Friedrich the Great in the 18th century. The political and cultural developments of the 19th and 20th century are visible throughout Berlin’s cityscape, reflecting both the history of architecture and various approaches to dealing with the consequences of war and destruction.  Germany’s capital city, Berlin is dynamic, cosmopolitan and creative, allowing for every kind of lifestyle. East meets West in the metropolis at the heart of a changing Europe.

The IES Berlin Language & Area Studies Program draws upon Berlin's rich culture and tradition to connect coursework subjects with the living history of the city. The program offers IES courses taught in German by German faculty, as well as access to classes at a number of Berlin universities, including the renowned Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität, the Technical Universität, and the Kunsthochschule Weissensee.

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-Universitaet Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament. It is housed on the ground 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
Academic Year (mid August to mid-July) or spring semester (mid-February to mid-July)

Fields of Study
German language, contemporary German politics, German literature, German studies, art history, cinema, economics, history, gender studies, music history, philosophy, and sociology, biology, physics, and chemistry.

Eligibility
3.0 CGPA; Four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent (GERM 204) for the Academic Year; five semesters (GERM 305) for the spring semester. A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program; priority is given to students who will have taken German during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Germany. 

Academic Program
After a two week intensive language course and cultural orientation, students enroll in 15 credit hours per semester, which includes a German language course at IES.  For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of IES and university courses. Tulane students are required to enroll in at least one university course per semester.  Enrollment in university courses is made in consultation with Dr. Barbara Guelgoldt, the IES Berlin director, and member of the Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DAF) faculty at the Humboldt.

Municipal law unique to Berlin allows students to take university courses at any public university in Berlin depending on student qualifications, available space, and scheduling. Institutions where special placements may be made include the Humboldt Universität, Technische Universität, Freie Universität, Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft, Universität der Künste, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch," and Hochschuhle für Musik "Hanns Eisler." Course requirements must be completed by the end of each semester of enrollment.

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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Germany: Darmstadt               
Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Science & Mathematics Research Semeter or Year

Darmstadt is a city with a long history of scientific and artistic accomplishment – home to writers, composers, architects, engineers, and scientists. 

Tulane University’s program abroad in mathematics is the Darmstadt University of Technology, whose official name (also its official English name) is "Technische Universität Darmstadt."  It plays a significant role among German universities and is internationally well known for its outstanding achievements in the areas of engineering and computer science.

Program Dates
Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year: (October to July)

Eligibility Requirements
3.0 CGPA; Strong background in Mathematics.  Completion of MATH 221.  One semester of German. Junior standing.

Fields of Study
Mathematics and Computer Science courses taught in English; German

Academic Program
Students enroll in a specially designed Mathematics courses taught in English at the TUD.

Housing
Students live in a student residence hall managed by the Studentenwerk.
Residences are located within walking distance of university buildings.

Internet Links
http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/international/incoming/index.tud
www.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de:8080/Math-Net/index_en.html
www.tu-darmstadt.de

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Germany: Dresden                  
BU Engineering Program
Technische Universität Dresden

Boston University International Programs administers the Dresden Engineering Program at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).  As the largest university in the German state of Saxony, TUD was originally famous as an institution of science and technology. Since German reunification, TUD now incorporates a full array of humanities, social science, and pure science departments.  This program is for students who wish to combine engineering coursework in English taught by BU faculty in state-of-the-art TUD laboratories with the study of German.

The 800-year old city of Dresden lies on the banks of the Elbe River in east central Germany amid verdant hills and meadows.  Acres of protected forestland follow a fertile river valley through the center of Dresden, making it one of Europe’s greenest cities. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elbe River Valley has shaped Dresden’s cultural and physical landscape for centuries.  

Dresden’s natural beauty is rivaled only by the architectural splendor of its built environment.  The historic Altstadt was once the center of the German Baroque movement, earning Dresden the sobriquet “Florence of the North.”  After massive destruction during the WWII fire bombings, Dresden has restored many of its most significant structures, including the Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, the Royal Cathedral, as well as the widely celebrated Frauenkirche.

Program Dates  
Spring semester only

Students wishing to continue their studies in Germany during the summer following the program are encouraged to apply for a research assistantship through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) www.daad.de.  Please contact the OSA for more details.

Eligibility
3.0 CGPA; completion of one semester of German; generally, students apply at the end of their freshman year for study in the spring semester of the sophomore year.  This program is designed for second-semester sophomores/juniors. Applicants are part of a competitive national pool.

Fields of Study
Appropriate for Newcomb-Tulane students enrolled in academic programs offered by the School of Science and Engineering.

Academic Program 
After completing the intensive German-language course (3 credits), students will choose three out of six courses at TUD—Differential Equations, Electric Circuit Theory, Waves and Modern Physics, Linear Algebra, Principles of Biology and Thermodynamics—and will also take the Social Nature of Technology course.  Tulane awards 3 credits for each course.  Students also participate in field trips to research institutions, technical museums, and companies to gain insights into the history, the present, and the future of engineering technologies.

Students wishing to continue their studies in Germany during the summer following the program are encouraged to apply for a research assistantship through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) www.daad.de

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed.

Housing
Students live in Dresden’s International Guest House located within walking distance of the university.

Internet Links
www.bu.edu/abroad
www.tu-dresden.de

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Germany: Jena                        
Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad 
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
Visit the Newcomb-Tulane Jena Web site

Nestled along the banks of the river Saale, Jena provides the unique combination of a beautiful setting, strong cultural and philosophical traditions, and a classical German university. With 100,000 inhabitants, Jena is the largest city in the central Saale valley.

Founded in 1558, the classical German university Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena has been Tulane's exchange partner in central Germany for nearly 20 years. Founded as a home for the new religious opinions of the sixteenth century, it has since been one of the most politically active universities in Germany. Some 20,000 students study at one of ten faculties at the university.
Situated in the German state of Thüringen, the “green heart of Germany,” Jena is famous for its beautiful natural surroundings. Limestone slopes flank the river Saale to create a mild climate in which wide varieties of orchids and wine grapes thrive. The Thüringerwald provides ample opportunity for warm-weather hiking and walking, as well as a variety of winter sports. A true university town, Jena pulses with a vibrant student life along the popular Wagnergasse, a romantic alley with many bars and cafés.

The cultural scene in Jena is rich and includes concerts of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra with outstanding soloists; performances of the Jena's central MarktplatzNational Theater in Weimar, the Jenaer Theaterhaus, experimental theater and open-air concerts. One of the biggest events during the summer months is the series of programs called the "Kulturarena." Twice a year there is "Nightflight," a pubcrawl with films and live music in many of the bars and restaurants.
Students in Jena may also visit nearby sister cities of Erfurt (Thüringen's capital city), Eisenach (where Martin Luther translated the bible), Gotha, Weimar (home to Goethe), and Gera, which provide abundant cultural opportunities. Major German cities, such as Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich are easily reached by train, providing opportunities for longer excursions.

Program Dates: Academic Year (August-July) or Spring semester (January-July). Students attend the Goethe Institut in late August and early September and then travel to Jena to begin "Wintersemester" classes at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, which begin in October. Spring semester students attend the Goethe Institut in January and February and attend the "Sommersemester" courses that begin in March and end in late June. Exams take place in July. Because the German winter semester ends in late January, a fall semester only option is not available.

Eligibility: 3.0 CGPA; completion of two or three 300-level courses with a grade of B or higher; GERM 325 and/or 326 highly recommended).

Fields of Study: German language courses plus full university curriculum in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, law and theology, which include the following major areas: Biogeosciences, Geography, Material Sciences, Physics, Psychology; Ancient Studies, Arabic Studies, Art History, Christianity in Culture, History and Education, Communication Science, Education Science, English and American Studies, Folklore Studies and Cultural History, German as a Foreign and Second Language, German Studies, History, Indo-european Studies, Middle Eastern Studies/Ancient Middle Eastern Studies, Musicology (with Liszt School of Music Weimar), Philosophy, Political Science, Pre- and Early History, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, Sociology, Southeast European Studies, Sports Science; Caucasian Languages and Literatures, Computer Science (IT), Foundations of Christianity, German Literature, German Linguistics, Greek Philology, Intercultural Business Communication, Intercultural Music and Events Management ( with Liszt School of Music Weimar), Latin Philology, Latin Philology of Medieval and Modern Times, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Phonetics and Speech Training.

Students of Music may also take courses in nearby Weimar at the renowned Lizst School of Music.

Academic Program: To prepare students for enrollment in German classes, students enroll in a four-week intensive German language course at the Goethe Institut before the start of the semester. From the "Deutschkurs" offerings, students should select either the four-week "Campus Intensive und Studeinvorbereitung" from the "Goethe Campus" category in the city of her or his choice. This program provides students intensive preparation for study at German universities.
In late September, students travel to Jena to attend an orientation program that includes an introduction to the city and university, as well as additional language and culture preparation. In consultation with an adviser, students then select four to six appropriate courses from the semester offerings at the university. The International Office at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität arranges academic tutors for students upon request.
Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed, including three credits for the pre-semester language program at the Goethe Institut.

Housing & MealsStudents live in student residence halls located throughout the city that are managed by the Studentenwerk. Residences are located within walking distance of university buildings. Since there is no meal plan, students prepare meals in their dorm kitchens or eat in the university cafeterias (Mensa) or in local cafes.

Web links
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: www.uni-jena.de/international
Lizst School of Music: www.hfm-weimar.de/
Goethe Institut: www.goethe.de
Studentenwerk Thüringen: www.studentenwerk-thueringen.de

Program Costs : Students continue to pay Tulane tuition and the academic services fee for each semester abroad. This covers all academic costs, including tuition at the Goethe Institut and coursework completed at FSU Jena.
Students are responsible for their room and board during the Goethe course, as well as in Jena. Airfare, personal expenses and local travel are also the responsibility of the student.

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