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*WCU Summer in Germany: Challenges to Democracy in Bad Bevensen, Germany
Bad Bevensen, Germany; Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/26/2018 08/07/2018
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director listed below to confirm updated information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Campus Dormitory, Hotel/Hostel
Area of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Politcal Science, Religion and Contemporary Society Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: Yes
Faculty/Staff Director: Frauke Schnell College: Business & Public Affairs
Program Description:
This program is held at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bad Bevensen, Germany. The purpose of the program is for German and American students to jointly analyze the issues facing democracies in terms of right-wing populism, identity politics, and the challenges of immigration.  Specifically, the program will focus on (a) the rise and fall of populist politics, (b) the history of the immigration and emigration experiences in Germany, Europe and the U.S., (c) how immigrants are perceived in these countries, (d) theoretical approaches to immigration and an analysis of best integration practices. The program includes a one-day field trip to Hamburg to meet with NGOs, representatives of refuges councils, politicians, and leaders of  Mosques, Synagogues, and Churches and a field trip to the Nazi concentration camp in Bergen Belsen. A three-day, guided field trip to Berlin rounds up the learning experiences and will aid students to critically examine historical, cultural, and political contexts of German politics.
Please note that this trip starts in Bad Bevensen, a small and idyllic spa town in the North of Germany (about one hour southeast of Hamburg). The trip ends in Germany’s capitol, Berlin.

Bad Bevensen and Berlin, Germany

Double-occupancy rooms (shared with one person) at the Gustav Stresemann Academy in Bad Bevensen. Double or triple occupancy rooms in Berlin in a hotel or guesthouse

The language of instruction for this program is English.

All participants on this program are required to register for PSC399 - Special Topic Seminar (3 credit hours).

One day field trip to Hamburg to meet representatives from churches, synagogues, and mosques, political actors, and NGOs / 3 day excursion to Berlin / visit of concentration camp (in Bergen-Belsen)
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay a Program Fee of $1,300 which covers all food, housing, excursions, and the transportation from Bad Bevensen to Berlin. All students will also be billed the non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee upon application to the program and will be required to purchase the mandatory WCU international insurance upon acceptance into the program.

Estimated out-of-pocket costs for students include the following:
Round-trip airfare - $800-1200 (estimated)
International Health Insurance - $30.00 (estimated)
Train transportation within Germany - $150 (depends on departure / arrival airport and might be significantly cheaper (students will need to pay in Germany, on site)
Suggested spending Money (including additional meals in Berlin) - $200 

Dr. Frauke Schnell, Department of Political Science