Berlin is the capital of unified Germany and is a metropolitan area where students are exposed to international and national political, cultural, and social issues on a daily basis. Berlin offers a rich Europe-centered environment with strong ties to America and the English language.
The Berlin Residential Program is a semester-long study abroad program in liberal arts offered each fall semester to sophomores, juniors, and seniors from any academic major, without or with prior knowledge of German, who want to internationalize their education in a non-English speaking country, and where English can be used in lecture courses, in the culture and in internship opportunities.
Berlin is among the very few Continental cities where this is possible. The academic program supports general education in the liberal arts and has been designed to satisfy most college and university graduation requirements. Berlin is the perfect place to teach the growth of national power, literary movements, the new European Union and the horrors of the Holocaust.
The courses assist students to enhance understanding contemporary issues in Europe, Germany, and Berlin with emphasis on issues dealing with the relationship between the eastern and western parts of Germany and with Central Europe. Courses and co-curricular experiences are designed to develop an increased understanding and respect for different cultural systems and to nurture the ability to interact competently and responsibly in an interdependent world.
The program makes optimal use of opportunities to integrate the curriculum with day-to-day events at the national level, which students witness firsthand. Assigned academic work incorporates interaction with national government agencies, worldwide organizations, artistic and cultural treasures, and provides a large multi-cultural context among representatives of hundreds of nations and political-ethnic groups around the world with representation in the capital.
All students are housed with families who speak English and who live exclusively in former West Berlin. Host families are expected to include the students in family events, which may include travel, cultural events, and family celebrations.
Students have access to scores of museums and art galleries, many of which are international and multi-cultural in nature, theaters, concert, and opera houses, and to the rich international and diplomatic communities.
Schiller International University is located in Heidelberg, one of Germany's most beautiful and beloved cities, which has long been a center of university education. Located on the slopes of densely forested hills, Heidelberg is about an hour's train ride from the major urban center of Frankfurt, with access to famous scenic spots such as the Black Forest regions, and is within a few hour's drive from Munich and the Swiss and Austrian Alps.
Schiller is an independent American university offering programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Heidelberg campus emphasizes course work in social science, business and liberal arts.
Two program options are available: the Intensive German Language Program and the International Business Program. The Intensive German Language Program is offered at all levels by highly trained, qualified, university-educated native speakers of German. Direct foreign language methodology is combined with the latest state-of-the-arts in audio-visual equipment.
Students in the language program register for twelve American college credits, with 25 hours of instruction per week, and a total number for 200 contact hours during the eight week semester. Along with the German grammar and conversation classes at all levels, courses in history and geography of Germany are also offered at the advanced level.
The International Business Program includes courses in international business, multinational enterprises, European Common Market, international finance, commercial German, ecology, psychology, and civil liberties, which are taught in English.
Students may choose from a variety of housing, including institutional residential facilities, where students cook for themselves and have either a double or single room, with showers, bathrooms and kitchens located on each floor. Private accommodations with host families or in a private apartment can be arranged for those participants contemplating a longer stay in Heidelberg who are looking for exposure to everyday life in Germany.
Accommodation in private homes is available in double or single rooms with or without a meal plan. For transition periods before and after the regular semester, there is also the hostel option for participants who would like to choose from the many hostels in Heidelberg.
The German-American Institute, located across from the Villa Manesse, offers students a library, lectures, films and cultural events. Recreational activities include guided tours around and in Heidelberg, visits to cultural and historic sites, museums, sports and social events.
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