Notre Dame Berlin


This six-week, six-credit, faculty-led intensive program is an opportunity to spend part of the summer in Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural center. You will learn about Germany’s history as well as Germany today. Content courses taught in English or in German in ECON, POLS, HIST, Fine Arts and Literature. No prior knowledge of German necessary. Full range of German language courses available. Academic excursions and on-sight classes enrich the learning experience and introduce you to this amazing city. 

This program will be led by William Collins Donahue, John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, Professor of the Humanities and Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Denise M. Della Rossa, Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Steffen Kaupp, the program's Resident Director. 


GE 34141 Berlin Since the War: A Cultural History (fulfills history requirement; political science and German credit; taught in English)
GE 34142 Economics of a Green Germany (economics, political science, German, sustainability minor, energy studies minor credit; taught in English)
GE 34143 Berlin Theater (fulfills fine arts and literature requirement; German credit; taught in German)
GE 34144 Architecture and Design (fulfills fine arts requirement; German credit; taught in English)
German Language Courses (all levels; fulfills language requirement)

Program Dates: May 26th, 2017 – July 8th, 2017

Program Calendar
May 26, 2017:   Student Arrival in Berlin
May 27-28, 2017:  Orientation Weekend
May 29, 2017:    First day of classes
June 3-4, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Hamburg
June 15–18, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Nuremberg 
June 24, 2017:  Day trip to Potsdam 
July 1–2, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Dresden
July 7, 2017:  Last Day of Classes; Farewell Celebration
July 8, 2017:  Student Departure

All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students also eligible.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in modern apartments in the center of Berlin with three students per apartment in two bedrooms (one with two beds) and shared bath, living, and kitchen. We are ideally located near underground and suburban rail stations within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions. The program fee does not include meals or personal spending.

Program Fee

  • 6 Notre Dame credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transport to and from airport
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • ​HTH international health and emergency evacuation insurance

Program Fee does not include

  • Airfare (approx. $1,200) • Meals (approx. $1,200)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money 

Application Instructions

  • ONE FACULTY academic recommendation required
  • RECTOR recommendation required

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Program Contacts
QUESTIONS - please email:
Brigitta E. Richmond
William Collins Donahue
Denise Della Rossa
Steffen Kaupp