Program Spotlight: Germany

November 20, 2016

Take a deeper dive into our Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union program summer 2017.

At a glance

Orientation: Cologne, 4 days
Homestay: Niederalteich,* 10–12 days
Other Accommodations: Hostels

* Homestay locations can vary.

Gain fascinating insight into the European Union, a Nobel Peace Prize–winning institution, and the role Germany has played in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe on this summer abroad for high school students. Study Germany’s political system and get a taste of German life in big cities and small communities alike. Visit the major seats of EU governance in Brussels and discuss youth issues in Bonn. Attend workshops that explore topics related to peacekeeping, anti-discrimination, politics, and the EU’s institutional structure.

Sample Itinerary:

Days 1–4

Orientation and Language in Cologne and Bonn

  • Learn about the history, culture, and environment of Germany from experts
  • Get to know other members of your group during activities
  • Begin your German language learning with language classes
  • Visit the Haus der Geschichte (House of History) in Bonn, a museum that uses interactive exhibits to reveal German history
  • Explore the city of Cologne and see the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Cologne.

Days 5-7

Thematic Focus in Brussels, Belgium and Maastricht, Netherlands

  • Visit an important EU institution and learn about the work of the European Union
  • Go on a guided tour of the city
  • Go on a daylong excursion to Maastricht, in the Netherlands

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Brussels.

Days 8–17

Homestay in Niederalteich

  • Become immersed in the daily lives of a German family and community
  • Participate in activities with your host family
  • Attend classes with your host siblings at their school
  • Present American culture to your host school
  • Go on a guided tour of Niederalteich’s monastery and basilica
  • Go on an excursion to Munich

During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.

Days 18–26

Thematic Focus in Berlin

  • Attend lectures on Germany’s influence in Europe, how the EU works, the tasks of different EU institutions, and the diversity of cultures within the EU
  • Learn about current issues in the EU, such as the refugee situation and TTIP
  • Visit the German Bundestag
  • Visit important sites throughout the city
  • Go on a walking tour of the city and take a boat trip on the river Spree
  • Meet local multicultural youth from Berlin

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Berlin.

Day 27

Reflection and Wrap-up in Berlin

  • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group

During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located youth guest house in Berlin.

Day 28

Departure

What will you do next summer? Apply HERE.