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  • Locations: Bad Bevensen, Germany; Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details)
Max Credits Offered: 3 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: Linda Stevenson, Marwan Kreidie
College: Sciences & Mathematics
Program Description:
This program is held at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bad Bevensen, Germany, which specializes in building cross-cultural community between German and American students, as they participate in project-based activities in the seminar together.  This includes jointly analyzing the issues facing our democracies in terms of right-wing populism, identity politics, and the challenges of immigration. Specifically, the program focuses on:

(a) the rise and fall of populist politics; 

(b) the history of the politics of diverse communities in Germany, Europe and the U.S. and the challenges they have faced in attaining adequate representation in their respective democracies;  

(c) how immigrants and refugees are perceived and treated in these countries;  

(d) multiple theories behind how to best make democracy work, integrating peoples of different backgrounds; and  

(e) how to apply these theories and best practices in our home contexts.  The program includes a one-day field trip to Hamburg to meet with NGOs, representatives of refugees councils, politicians, and leaders of Mosques, Synagogues, and Churches. 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, Hamburg, 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, with ample opportunities to practice the German language, if so inclined.

All participants on this program are required to register for PSC399 (summer II) - Special Topic Seminar (3 credit hours). There will be a series of in-class meetings at the end of the Spring semester, and on-line prior to departure in July. 

Students of all majors and academic levels are encouraged to apply.  In the event the demand exceeds available space, preference will be given to juniors and seniors.  Per the requirements of Germany and the GSI, all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to participation in this program.

One day field trip to Hamburg to meet representatives from churches, synagogues, and mosques, political actors, and NGOs / 4-day excursion to Berlin (including visits to Stasi prison, Holocaust Museum, Wall memorial, Reichstag, etc).
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 - $1000-1200 (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

All students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.  

Dr. Linda Stevenson, Department of Political Science 

Dr. Marwan Kreidie, Department of Political Science 

This program is currently not accepting applications.