International Programs

Berlin Germany

Dr. Kevin Freeman & Dr. Kirill Bumin
Even Year Maymesters

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This course is intended to give students first- hand knowledge of the history and current politics of Berlin, the capital of Germany.  With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city and the second most populous urban area in the European Union.

First documented in the 13th century, Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and the Third Reich (1933–1945).  After World War II, the city became divided into East Berlin—the capital of East Germany—and West Berlin, a West German exclave surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989).  Following German reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of Germany, hosting 147 foreign embassies. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. 

There will be a substantial research paper (10-15 pages) due upon return. More information will be given to students at the pre-departure meeting.

The course will begin with a mandatory in-class discussion (on-campus), where the students will learn about the history, culture, and politics of Berlin. From there, we will spend thirteen days in the city (including two excursions). Primary focuses will be on (1) the 20th Century history of the city; (2) its role during the Cold War; and (3) its modern culture as a city where Western and Eastern Europe collide politically and culturally. 

Knowledge of German is not required to participate in this course.



Financial Aid

This is an approved study abroad program through the Center for International Programs, World Studies, and the Political Science Department, and may qualify for financial aid.

In order to qualify for financial aid a student must be registered for full-time studies (minimum 6-credits) in the summer. Most grants, loans, or scholarships should apply to this approved program. Please direct all questions about student financial aid eligibility to the Financial Aid Office.


Additional Information

-You will need to have a valid US Passport to participate in this study abroad. Please visit the Department of State website for a US Passport application:

-Students must attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting at the end of the spring semester, before travel. Date to be determined (usually the last week of classes).

-Students must travel to/from study abroad destination with group.



All students at UNC Pembroke are eligible to participate in the Berlin Study Abroad, provided that they meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Freshmen students-Completion of 2 full-time semesters.
  • Transfer students-Completion of 15 credits at UNCP, minimum, at time of departure.
  • 2.50 GPA at time of application.
  • Application/application fee ($50).
  • Approved program of study.
  • Register for 3-credit course at UNCP. Not included in the cost of study abroad.
  • Conduct report. Applicants must be in Good Academic Standing and have no outstanding holds at UNCP.


How to Apply?

  • Submit a completed UNCP Study Abroad application. Available at the International Programs Office, or contact and we will email you an application.
  • $50 study abroad application fee. Make check or money order payable to UNCP.