Wintersession in Berlin


Intermediate German in Berlin
German Language and Culture taught in Berlin, Germany (1.0 credit)
Application deadline: TBD; send to

The German Studies Department is pleased to offer this educational opportunity. This course will be taught by a faculty member of the German Studies Department and will provide an intensive language experience, which includes daily classroom instruction in Intermediate German as well as an exploration of the daily life, history, and culture of this European metropolis. Students earn 1.0 unit of credit for this course as they would when they take German 202 on campus.

German 202W offers language instruction equivalent to Ger 202 on campus, but it differs from the on-campus version as we will be taking advantage of the immediate cultural context available to us on site in Berlin. The cultural component of the course will explore Berlin’s legacy as a political and cultural capital with a rich artistic heritage. The course will include a number of mandatory cultural site visits.

The program fee for this course as well as information about dates can be found on the application materials. Information on financial aid and cost of program were made available to students in Ger 201

Application materials will be made available to students in Ger 201. Please visit the wintersession web page of Wellesley's Office of International Studies for general eligibility policies and financial stipulations. Not offered every year. Subject to Provost's Office approval.

GERMAN 202 W combines two elements:

Intermediate German
Like 202 on campus, this course strengthens and expands all language skills with special emphasis on idiomatic usage by means of grammar review, oral and listening practice, readings on contemporary and historical topics, and practice in composition. As an intensive course, Ger 202W is rather demanding in terms of the time and effort needed to succeed. The program includes daily classroom instruction and additional assignments linked to the city's cultural dimension.

In addition to the Intermediate German immersion program, this course has an important cultural component which will focus on Berlin's important historical, political, and cultural presence throughout the centuries. In the course of our exploration we shall visit fascinating museums, sites of specific historical significance, and attend related cultural events. More information will be made available at a later point of time.

By taking this intensive course in Berlin, students accelerate their language studies. As a result students can take more advanced German language and culture/literature courses in the spring semester which will prepare students for a semester or year of study abroad during their junior year. We are therefore particularly interested in affording students who wish to continue with German to have this opportunity to accelerate.

The program fee will cover the following costs: course credit, instruction and lecture program, airfare (Boston-Berlin and return) and airport transfers, as well as the following costs in Berlin: room & board, city transportation, museum and other entrance fees, and required group cultural outings.

Please keep in mind that students will also need some pocket money for personal expenses.

The group will leave together from Boston Logan Airport for Berlin. The group will be back on campus before wintersession ends. Please keep in mind that students need to be present for the entire period of wintersession and that class meetings may be scheduled before departure and upon return from Berlin. The exact departure and return dates and times will be announced as soon as plane reservations are secured, but students must plan now to be back on campus on the first day of wintersession for mandatory class meetings prior to the common departure for Berlin from Logan airport in Boston. The first day of wintersession is TBD. Wintersession will end on TBD.

Application materials will be distributed to students enrolled in GER 201.

Please contact Professor Thomas Nolden, Director of January-in-Berlin, German Studies Department, Founders Hall 403, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 02481 with any questions. E-mail:

Wellesley College reserves the right to cancel or modify this program if necessary.