Study German Culture and Design with Professor Hepi Wachter
Online Classes: December 16th-20th and January 9th-10th
Depart US for Berlin December 26th, 2019
Program Begins December 27th, 2019
Program Ends - Depart for US January 9th, 2020
Undergraduate only, open to all majors
Earn 3 UNT credit while studying complex relationship between culture and design in the beautiful cities of Berlin and Munich. Examine the interconnections between culture, health and environmental design. Spend 10 days immersed in German culture and history and examine social histories, politics and cultures of Germany relative to significant cultural monuments, design and public health through presentations, discussions and field study. Enjoy the beautiful view over all over Berlin from the Reichstag Kuppel and travel to Munich by train to experience the southern flair of Munich. A day trip to Neuschwanstein will let you experience what inspired Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, but this is the real thing. This study abroad experience provides an enriched program including exposure to design thinking, hands on art and design exploration, cultural and social thinking through research and immersion.
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is filled to the brim with history. The city has changed many times throughout the hardships of World War II and the Cold War, and has become highly eclectic and vibrant. Although Berlin has been through many changes throughout its history, it is viewed as a world city due to the diversity of culture and the advancement of science and media. While In Berlin, we will walk through and explore historic neighborhoods, visit the wall once dividing East and West Berlin and wall museum , explore the history of the Jews in Berlin and Germany in the Jewish Museum and the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe and its information center, and the Reichstag Kuppel.
Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria. Munich is a large art center for Germany. While in Munich we will experience the Bavarian “Gemühtlichkeit” in a traditional beer hall, visit the BMW Welt, the information center of the German Automaker BMW, the BMW Museum, the Olympic park and Olympic Tower, Schloss Nymphenburg and the Residence, home of the Bavarian King for centuries and we will travel to the countryside of Neuschwanstein to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Housing, Meals, and Internet Access
Students will be staying in double occupancy hotel rooms with other UNT students.
A welcome dinner and farewell dinner are included. Breakfast is included at the hotel. Students will be responsible for lunches and other dinners.
Wifi will be available at each hotel although may not be as reliable as you are used to in the US.
Students will be provided with transportation cards in both Berlin and Munich that will be valid throughout their stay in the respective cities.
Passport and Visa Information
It is each student’s responsibility to obtain a passport and determine whether a visa is necessary for travel to any countries visited while traveling to and during this program. Limited information may be provided by the UNT Study Abroad Office, your Faculty Leader, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Withdrawal Policy.
Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are advised to contact their Study Abroad Advisor and begin independently researching the visa requirements as soon as possible.
Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one or more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Although UNT cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the UNT Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Students will be required to navigate public transportation hubs, train platforms, public buses, and light rails. Extensive mobility will be required of students while in city neighborhoods as well as the excursion to Neuschwanstein. For this excursion, students will be required to hike hilly terrain to access the castle. The hike will take approximately 35 minutes.
$100 Application Fee - Due no later than October 1st, 2019 - Non-refundable. If the program is cancelled, the application fee will be returned.
$500 Faculty Led Program Deposit - Due no later than October 11th, 2019 - Non-refundable. The payment of the deposit is what secures a student's participation in the program and what authorizes UNT to make financial arrangements on his/her behalf. If the program is cancelled, the deposit will be returned.
Faculty Led Program Fee - Due no later than December 2, 2019 – Payable via MyUNT to cover programmatic arrangements such as lodging, meals, cultural activities, etc. Once publicly listed on this webpage, the advertised program charge will not change.
The program fee for this program covers:
Included meals (as noted)
Transportation for program activities abroad
UNT Health and Accident Insurance
Study Abroad Administrative Service
UNT Tuition and Fees – Due no later than December 13, 2019. Payable via MyUNT at your regular tuition rate.
View the detailed BUDGET SHEET for a full expense breakdown.
Students are responsible for booking their own flights to and from the program location. Faculty leaders will provide specific arrival instructions for each group, and there may be a recommended group flight. DO NOTbook flights prior to receiving notice that you have been accepted into the program, that the program has sufficient enrollment to run, and the arrival and departure instructions for your group.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Tab to find a breakdown of program expenses.