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UWRF: Germany: Culture, History & Politics
Berlin, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Munich, Germany; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Fees Spring
Fact Sheet:
Open to: All UWRF students
Program Description:
Germany: Culture, History and Politics

Program Overview:

This course examines the culture, history, and politics of Germany and German-speaking Europe. The 2015 itinerary includes departing on May 16 and returning on May 31, with travel to Frankfurt, Berlin, Rothenburg, and Munich.

Culture and history will come alive as you explore Germany. You will sample traditional “German” foods, ride the German rail system, visit museums, and explore key historical sites. In 2015 we plan to travel on the Rhine river; visit the “birthplace” of German democracy in Frankfurt; tour the Reichstag, the former Berlin Wall, and the German Historical Museum in Berlin; experience what it was like to live in the 1600s in Rothenburg, where Germans reenact the 30 Years’ War and show how people dressed, cooked, worked, danced, and lived within a medieval, walled city; see first-hand the Nazi Party Grounds and the Alstadt (old city) in Nürnberg; experience the Hofräuhaus and the Royal Residence in Munich; and reflect upon the weight of human history at a concentration camp in Dachau.

We arrange historical walking tours and talks in our main destinations led by local experts who will explain
  • what it was like to live in a medieval, walled city,
  • the key role of Otto von Bismarck and Prussia in the unification of Germany,
  • the way Germany morphed into a Nazi state in the 1930s,
  • what prisoners experienced in a concentration camp,
  • the devastation wrought by World War II,
  • how Berliners dealt with a city divided by a wall that included a death strip during the Cold War,
  • and much more.
Participants also have the option of visiting locations such as Austria, Switzerland, or other parts of Germany, such as the Black Forest, Salzburg (the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music”), Vienna, the North Sea, and other potential locations during independent travel days.

Before departure you will attend orientation seminars, lectures, and discussions and will complete readings and work to prepare you to experience Germany, while earning 3 credits (POLS 371) that fulfill both the global perspective and the general education, multi-disciplinary requirements. There are many reasons you should participate:
  • There’s never going to be a better time.
  • It is a life-enhancing experience.
  • You’ll meet fascinating people, and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • You’ll have a great academic experience.
  • Your experience will make you more attractive to potential employers,
  • It’s affordable: you can take advantage of student rates.
  • Financial aid is available, make an appointment in the Financial Aid Office.
Program leader: Dr. Wes Chapin
Castle Cochem: May 2014
2014 Group Picture


The May program takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and Munich, with day trips to the Rhine River, Nürnberg, and Dachau.


Students earn 3 credits (Political Science 371) that fulfill the global perspectives and the general education, multi-disciplinary requirements.

It is not necessary to know German to participate.  Classes and activities in Germany are in English, most Germans know some English, and many menus, signs, and tourist and other information in Germany are in English.


A breakdown of the costs related to this program can be viewed by clicking on the “Budget Sheets” link (in the table at the top of this brochure) for the desired term.

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Housing & Meals:

Most accommodations are hostels. Some meals are provided in the program fee.

Travel Arrangements:

Airfare from Minneapolis to and from Europe is included in the program fee. Some local transportation is provided.

Additional Information:

Group tours, lodging while the group is together, about one-third of the meals (mainly breakfasts) and an international student ID card are included in the program fee. Students have the opportunity for a short term independent travel experience.

How to Apply:

Check out the information on How to Apply, then come back to this program’s brochure and click on the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page.


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.