This faculty-led Global Study Tour offers students a two-week long immersion opportunity into contemporary German culture, politics, and society. Whether you are a student learning the German language and culture, or, a student who would like to start exploring things German, you will find a wide range of topics to engage with.
During the semester leading up to the study tour we will engage with German history and culture through literary texts, movies and documentaries, as well as scholarly works. On the ground our focus during the first week will be on Berlin's multifaceted role as capital city of five different political regimes during the last 100 years. The second week will be dedicated to visiting Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar.
The wide variety of activities and visits will enable students to explore future study-abroad and career options while also fulfilling one of their ASC Global Specialization requirements.
Co-requisite: GER 220 Introduction to German Cultural Studies (taught in English, offered in Spring 2018)
Arrival in Berlin by 2pm. Exploring the neighborhood around the hotel in a brief guided tour.
Guided walking tour along historical and cultural highlights from Weimar Berlin, Berlin during World War II and Cold War.
Visit to the German parliament (Reichstagsgebäude) and meeting with a member of parliament.Guided tour of Hohenschönhausen Memorial, former interrogation prison by the Communist Secret Police (Stasi).
Visit with non-profit organization “Women in Leadership”: Guest lecture and workshop with European Academy for Women, an organization promoting diversity and leadership in management for international corporations.Evening: Opera or concert in one of Berlin’s cultural venues
Visit with author and activist Sharon Otoo.Afternoon for personal exploration of Berlin
Guided tour of Prussian Summer palace Sanssouci and time for personal exploration of Potsdam and Babelsberg film studio.
Berlin - Wittenberg - Leipzig
Travel to Leipzig with a stopover in Wittenberg to visit Martin Luther Museum. In Leipzig we will visit the Johann Sebastian Bach museum and the St. Thomas Church where Bach played the organ.
Welcome dinner in Leipzig’s “Auerbachs Keller”.
Visit to Museum of former Stasi headquarters.
Guided tour of a modern German car production plant, discussion of production and management processes (BMW plant Leipzig)
Transfer to Weimar, town where German national poets Goethe and Schiller worked and lived and that gave the first democratic German state its name (Weimar Republic). Visit to Goethe National Museum.Welcome dinner in Weimar.
Guided tour of Buchenwald Memorial, a former concentration camp near Weimar.
Transfer to Dresden, visit to Dresden City Hall for guest lecture and workshop.
Guided walking tour of Dresden.
Visit to the “Hygiene Museum,” one of Europe’s first institutions dedicated to studying and educating about public health.Welcome dinner in Dresden.
Dresden - Dessau - Berlin
Guided tour of the Bauhaus exhibit and major buildings in Dessau in the morning, visit with the German Federal Environmental Agency in the afternoon.
Free day to explore Berlin on your own.Farewell dinner.
End of program.
Itinerary is subject to change.
We will be in cities/towns most of the time, using public transportation.
Since we will be using various forms of public transportation, students need to be prepared to walk a lot during these two weeks.
Comfortable and weatherproof shoes and clothing are a must.
The weather in Germany can fluctuate a lot, from rainy and cool to sunny and fairly warm, students need to be prepared to pack versatile clothing.
We will visit memorials about the Holocaust, which can be emotionally difficult for some students.
Moderately priced hotels. Students will share two to a room.
Application Deadline - including deposit/application fee
Award Application Deadline
Decision date for Program and for Awards
Deadline to commit/decline your placement This is financially binding
Accepted Students Meetings - mandatory for participation
First Payment Installment due
Final Payment Installment due
Passport Information due - no exceptions
All additional paperwork in Carta - no exceptions
Entry Visa Information due (if required)
In order for your application to be considered, you must complete the following prior to the above indicated Application Deadline:
Application for Faculty-led Programs
Letter of recommendation
$50 non-refundable deposit
Acknowledgement of Passport Requirement
Faculty-led Programs Agreement and Release
Award Application (optional)
Applications that do not have these requirements completed will not be considered for review by the faculty or the Center for Global Learning.
As a faculty-led program participant, you will be expected to take responsibility for not only your coursework, but also the additional requirements that come with participation in group travel:
Complete all course work in keeping with the course's syllabus and maintain attendance throughout the on-campus course
Submit information and meet deadlines established by the Center for Global Learning.
Be a full-time, degree-seeking students in good standing at Agnes Scott College.
Have completed one year or 24 credit hours at Agnes Scott prior to the experience abroad.
Meet any program-specific requirements, including co- and pre-requisite courses.
Once accepted to the program, students are required to attend a mandatory Accepted Students Meeting in the Fall semester and pre-departure orientation session in the Spring.
Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, but are not eligible for awards. They cannot be dependent on the credits of this course for graduation.
$3,740 per person
All breakfasts, four dinners
All entry fees for planned visits
All in-country transportation
Cost of passport
Entry visa (if required)
Meals not specified
Individually arranged outings
As part of your application to a faculty-led program, you will also have the opportunity to complete an award application, due at the same time. The Center for Global Learning will use your application to find available awards for which you are eligible based on the requirements (e.g. GPA, major, or level of financial need) of the various awards for faculty-led programs. A Committee will review all applications for content and eligibility. The decision on acceptance to the program and award amounts will be communicated at the same time.
Awards vary based on both need and merit. The maximum amount anyone can receive is $3,000.