Why Education Abroad in Germany?
** Learn the EU language with the largest number of native speakers and the second-most common language on the internet;
** Live in a country that plays a vital role today in Europe's intellectual, economic and cultural life;
** Study in a country whose recent history has deeply marked world politics and caused a new understanding of international law in the aftermath of WWII;
** Explore a city in which the memory of the Germany’s post-war division into two separate states and the reunification in 1989 is palpable, and in which the memory of the Holocaust is present in many forms;
** Discover the achievements of great artists, writers, philosophers and scientists -- J. W. Goethe, W. A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven, Bettine Brentano-von Arnim, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rosa Luxemburg, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, Käthe Kollwitz, Gerhard Richter...;
** Experience the development of contemporary German cinema: R. W. Fassbinder, Fatih Akin, Wolfgang Becker, Wim Wenders, Tom Tykwer, Margarethe von Trotta, Ulrike Ottinger...;
** Learn firsthand about the “green” politics and the progressive measures to protect the environment; and
** Prepare for a career in an internationally competitive world.
EAP in Germany
The University of California Education Abroad Program provides several opportunities for students to study in Germany. First, there is the traditional year-long option, in which students spend the entire academic year at Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin or Technische Universität Berlin. Alternatively, students may choose to study in Fall, Spring or Summer at one of EAP’s three partner institutions in Berlin. In addition, Munich University offers a program in Engineering for Sustainability. Depending on the program, language of instruction is German or English. A range of beginning to advanced German language courses is offered. All programs feature extensive extracurricular activities.
Berlin's robust startup scene is a dream for entrepreneurs at heart, with internships in tech, marketing, and business. All majors will thrive, but courses are particularly strong in sustainability, urban studies, and politics. Campus is steps from Berlin's city center with theaters, shopping, music venues, and the must-see Museum Island. Minimal in-class hours provide ample time to work on your German language skills. Enjoy the strong eclectic vibe and the feeling of motion in the art scene and nightlife.
Dreamers and aspiring scientists and rocket engineers will feel right at home in Berlin, Germany. Technical University, a force behind Berlin's tech and startup industries, is the place to go for STEM majors. You will find especially interesting courses in architecture, all areas of engineering, and earth and space sciences. Germany is a leader in global trade, innovation, and scientific discovery. Berlin's rich history, cool art scene, and pride in counter culture inspire creativity. From basement clubs to industrial temples, canopied beer gardens, and street art, Berlin is an adventure for all the senses. A superb transport system allows fast discovery of the city and surrounding forests and storybook landscapes. Summer term also offered.
Berlin is buzzing with creative energy, evidenced with its booming economy, foodie culture, and eclectic street art. Attend Free University Berlin, where excellent academic opportunities are available in art history, communications, economics, international relations, and psychology. You can also take courses in German culture and history that are specifically designed for international students. During spare hours, tour Berlin by bike, hike the Black Forest, and see historical sites like Brandenburg Gate and the remnants of the Berlin Wall up close. Summer term also offered.
After being split in two then reunified after the Cold War, Berlin has been on a fast-track of cultural, economic, and social change. Walk past the graffitied remains of the Berlin Wall or Brandenburg Gate, triumphant witness to revolutions, invasions, and moments of hope. Travelers interested in social sciences and humanities will gain rich insights while in a supportive and familiar educational setting. A weeklong trip to Prague, Luxembourg, or Warsaw offers a broader view of contemporary Europe. You can practice German language skills in a buddy program with German college students. On your own, explore Berlin’s art scene and museums or take in the city’s buzzing nightlife.
Head to Berlin and set yourself up for success. Cultivate leadership skills, learn about business culture, and practice intercultural communication during an eight-week internship in Germany's capital. Intern with a company or institution and attend weekly seminars on navigating the business world and staying current on industry trends. Get to know Berlin through excursions that complement your work and studies. Beyond the program, walk the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall or visit Museum Island's exhibitions. Explore Potsdamer Platz's futuristic business district, including the Sony Center's glass towers and massive canopy. Roam the Mauerpark Market or take a train to discover lavish Dresden, historic Potsdam, or maritime Hamburg.
UCSB is an active participant in the UC Education Abroad Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia run by CIEE. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to spend a summer, semester or year abroad.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Known as Russia’s Window to the West, the beautiful cultural city of St. Petersburg is at the crossroads of old and new traditions. Decades of economic and political transformation have inspired a buzzing intellectual scene. Easily navigable by foot, bus, or metro, the city offers an array of venues for theater, pop music, dance, art, and sports. St. Petersburg's ribbons of canals spanned by over 1,000 bridges has earned it the title of the Venice of the North. Join organized museum visits, boat tours, group cooking classes, Matryoshka doll painting classes, concerts, and field trips throughout the country. You can also gain uniquely immersive international experience volunteering at the Red Cross, art galleries, or NGOs.
EAP in St. Petersburg, Russia for Russian Area Studies
Overlooking the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is the cultural heart of Russia. Canals and rivers wind through the city where you’ll study Russian language, culture, and history. Take a deep dive into modern Russian lectures ranging from Russian rock bands to Soviet space pups. Program trips might take you to Moscow and the Kremlin, medieval Novgorod, or Estonia. Forge a community connection with optional volunteer projects. Outside of class, cruise to Peterhof Palace, the “Versailles of Russia.” Political science and history buffs will love seeing where Soviet experiments in the space race blasted off. Practice your language skills as you ride a Russian tram and taste traditional deep-fried doughnuts.
EAP in St. Petersburg for Russian Language
Master Russian grammar, phonetics and conversational skills in St. Petersburg’s buzzing intellectual scene. Taught in Russian, the program offers advanced language study with elective courses and a variety of cultural excursions and field trips. Spend 8 weeks mastering your Russian language skills (beginning to advanced) in an intensive language program. It includes exclusive tours and overnight trips to Moscow and Novgorod as well as electives in Russian media, film and music.