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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Guben, Germany; Krak√≥w, Poland
  • Program Terms: J-Term
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  • Program Fees: J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: All UWRF students, Non-UWRF students Credit Bearing: Credit bearing
Program Description:
Anatomy of Europe: Germany

Program Overview:

Tentative Dates: 30 Dec. 2017 - 19 Jan. 2018

The Anatomy of Europe: Germany/Poland course is designed with a focus on the study of human medical anatomy, both past and present. In addition, the course will also explore concepts and ideas about medical and societal ethics within the context of 20th and 21st century history.

The course will begin in Berlin with cultural, historical, and medical tours focused on introducing students to German culture and recent history. We will include a city-wide tour, plus visits to the world-famous “Museum Island” including the Pergamon Museum, National Art Museum and the Bodi Museum. We will also tour the famous Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité which features the pathological specimen collections of Virchow from the 1800’s.  There will also be a visit to the new Body Worlds Menchen Museum for our first taste of the intense study of modern human anatomy.  Other tours will include the East Berlin TV tower and the roof of the Bundestag (German Parliament).  We will tour along the Berlin Wall and explore the history of World War II in Berlin.  Some major highlights of the first week will be a visit to the world famous chocolate shop, Fassbender and Rausch ( and the Zoologischer Garten (Berlin Zoo)!

Following our introduction to German culture and medical history in Berlin, the course will move to Guben, Germany where we have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of touring Body World’s Plastinarium and participating in a four-day, hands-on, human anatomy workshop including direct hands-on experience with dissection of human cadavers. This workshop will include focused deep dissections/demonstrations of the muscular, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and nervous systems.  We’ll cap our time in Guben with an open discussion on the role of ethics in the medical sciences as well as a tour of the local monastery and brewery. 

The program’s modern professional anatomical/medical experience in Guben sets a contrasting backdrop for our transition to Krakow, Poland.  From Krakow, we will next tour the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial at which significant Nazi medical experimentation was conducted on human inmate populations. Here students will gain a new and unique perspective on the significance and importance of ethics and moral principles within medicine specifically as well as within societies as a whole.  Following our visit to the concentration camp, we will return to Krakow for a capstone group discussion and interaction exploring our various experiences and issues associated with the anatomical and medical sciences.  A tour of Krakow’s wonderful medieval cultural and historical sites of interest will complete our time in Poland.

We top off our program in Europe with a return visit to Berlin and some “open touring” and relaxation following our intense and immersive medical/anatomical, historical and cultural experiences while preparing for our journey home.   


Berlin, Germany; Guben, Germany; Krakow, Poland


Students must have the consent of the group leader in order to participate in this program.
BIOL 389 - Anatomy of Europe: Germany is a 3-credit special topics course in the Biology department. It can be applied as an elective for Biomedical Track students.
Germany has a long historical tradition of being a leader in the biomedical sciences with particular emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. In this course, students will be introduced to the historical context of human gross anatomy, dissection, and anatomical study with a thematic emphasis on medical ethics.


A breakdown of the costs related to this program can be viewed by clicking on the “Program Fees” link (in the table at the top of this brochure) for the desired term.
Plastinarium in Guben, Germany

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Housing & Meals:

Most accommodations are hostels or pensions. Meals are not included in the program cost.

Travel Arrangements:

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

Additional Information:

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.
For more information on Body World’s Plastinarium, visit

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