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Coastal in Berlin

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Dates: May 7 - June 1, 2018
  • Travel Dates: May 11 - May 25, 2018 (to be confirmed)
  • Program Fees: $3,735 (not including tuition)
  • Online Application
  • Application Instructions & Eligibility Requirements
  • Courses Offered
  • GERM 115 German Studies I
  • GERM 301L
  • HIST 106: World History: Berlin in European History
  • HIST 310: History of Berlin: Landscape & Memory

Berlin has long been at the center of cultural and political events in Europe and the world, from the cutting-edge cabarets of the 1920s to the crumbling Wall in the 1980s. Today it is a cosmopolitan European capital that remains hip, irreverent, and complex—and heavily coated in graffiti. The city wears the scars and sins of its past like in the pockmarks of WWII bullets and the prominent Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, while showcasing its vibrancy in one of the best cultural scenes in Europe. Coastal in Berlin offers students a transformative experience via immersion in the life of the city, including day visits to key landmarks, world-class museums, and unique performances in and around Berlin. The program is open to all majors, and a Core German language and Core Humanities courses are available, while upper-level history and German courses are offered. Courses can be combined to maximize credit hours earned in the program. Join us and follow President John F. Kennedy in saying, “I am a Berliner!” 

A certain amount of city walking is required. When possible, public transportation such as subways, trains, buses, and streetcars will be used, but walking of up to approximately 20 minutes will at times be unavoidable.

Course Information

GERM 115 German Studies I. (5 credits). (Prereq: none). This class introduces students to the German language and the many facets of German culture. This course also helps students develop the basic language skills of speaking, listening, and communicating in everyday situations in German-speaking cultures. 
Instructor: Gary Schmidt

This course does satisfy core goal 5A (old core curriculum) 

GERM 301L (3 credits). (Prereq: None). Practice in various aspects of the German language on a topic related to German. Activities may include conversation, translation, reading, and listening exercises. May be used to fulfill required electives for the German minor. May be repeated for up to six credits under different topics.
Instructor: Gary Schmidt

HIST 106: World History: Berlin in European History (3 credits). (Prereq: None). This course explores historical interpretations of modern human experiences. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and may be repeated under different topics for up to 6 hours of credit.
The specific topic of this course is modern European history as witnessed in and around Berlin. Using the city as a case study, such broad themes in European history will be explored in texts and in person: industrialization, urbanization, modernization, nationalism, fascism, migration, integration, etc.
Instructor: Amanda Brian
This course does satisfy core goal 2C

HIST 310: History of Berlin: Landscape & Memory (3 credits). (Prereq: None). This course examines both the dynamic transformation of Berlin’s growth and the historical memories embedded in its urban landscapes. We may focus as well on how civic and national officials have worked to preserve the past in the city as a way for Germans to work through the legacies of the modern era.

Instructor: Amanda Brian

Possible combination of courses for which students may enroll:

  1. GERM 115 only (5 credit hours total)
  2. GERM 115 AND one of the following: HIST 106 or HIST 310 (8 credit hours total)
  3. HIST 310 AND GERM 301L (4 credits total)
  4. HIST 310 only (3 credits total)
  5. HIST 106 only (3 credits total)

Faculty & Staff Leaders 

Gary Schmidt, CCU chair and professor of 
languages and intercultural studiesGary Schmidt, Chair and Professor 843-349-2741
Dr. Schmidt has traveled to Germany over twenty times since 1983. He lived in Stuttgart and Munich for two years while completing his doctorate in German literature and has accompanied students on eight study abroad trips, most recently to Berlin and Vienna in 2015. His research is in twentieth and twenty-first century German film and literature. He has taught German language, film, literature, and culture at all undergraduate levels and believes passionately in the importance of learning foreign languages for understanding and appreciating cultural diversity.

Amanda Brian, Chair and Associate Professor of History 843-349-6653
Dr. Brian has been traveling to Western Europe since she was 16 years old and has lived for extended periods of time in Germany as a student and then as a professor. She received her Ph.D. in History in 2009, and her major teaching and research field is modern Europe with a focus on modern Germany. She has traveled to and in the following European countries in professional capacities: Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Spain. She knows from first-hand experience how life-changing travel as a college student is, and she looks forward to leading CCU students again.

Cost of the Program

Cost of the Program = Program Fees + (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate)

In-State Students ($357/credit)
CCU credits  Program Fees Tuition  Cost of Program
3 credits $3,735 $1,071 $4,806
4 credits $3,735 $1,428 $5,163
5 credits $3,735 $1,785 $5,520
8 credits $3,735  $2,856 $6,591


Out-of-State Students  ($432/credit)
CCU credits Program Fees Tuition Cost of Program
3 credits $3,735  $1,296 $5,031
4 credits $3,735 $1,728 $5,463
5 credits $3,735 $2,160 $5,895
8 credits $3,735 $3,456 $7,191

Included in Cost of Program: Program fees include roundtrip airfare from the U.S. to Germany; accommodations; breakfast everyday and 2 group dinners; local transporation; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance.

Not included in Cost of Program: 

  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses:$350 for meals not covered by program fees (13 lunches and 11 dinners) and miscellaneous expenses. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits, and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure Housing: Students will be meeting on-campus for classes in the week leading up to the departure date. Students will need to make sure they have accommodations leading up to the program departure date.  Students should confirm with faculty leaders the date of departure before securing housing.

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition Schedule Due Date Amount Due
Deposit November 1, 2017 $300
1st Payment December 8, 2017 $1,145
2nd Payment January 12, 2018 $1,145
3rd Payment February 12, 2018 $1,145
Tuition April 20, 2018 In-State: $357/credit
Out-of-State: $432/credit

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit


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