IES German Language & Area
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students live with Germans in homes and apartments throughout the city through homestay arrangements made by IES.
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