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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Jan Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Jan Term
Program Description:
TITLE: Discovering Berlin and Beyond
LOCATION: Berlin, Germany with day trips to Leipzig and Dresden
PROGRAM LEADERS:  Sarah Gould and Jill Morrison
To Apply: email Sarah Gould at


In the decades since it’s ruin at the end of WWII, Berlin has emerged from the Cold War’s grip of the Soviet Union and virtual isolation as an island of freedom behind the Iron Curtain. Once again Germany's capital has become one of Europe's most exciting cities.
Here the rich historical past blends effortlessly with the political and cultural currents that are shaping the continent's future.   Today, the city is a magnet for artists, writers, musicians and scholars, as well as politicians.  Boasting a superb transportation system, and rich cultural diversity, the city offers to millions of visitors each year the opportunity to explore and learn about the fascinating past and soak in the enthralling present day.  Here you encounter remnants of the Berlin Wall a few steps away from cutting-edge art and music scenes. Our trip will also consist of guided tours of the concentration camps, multiple museums, and famous landmarks.  Students will explore the surrounding areas of Berlin, including several day trips to nearby cities and a visit to the German countryside.  While in the countryside, students will experience the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of interacting and participating in a dogsled tour with Siberian huskies that are trained to work with student groups and people with disabilities.  Berlin and the surrounding areas offer a welcoming array of historical and cultural treasures awaiting our discovery.
All McDaniel College students are encouraged to study abroad. This course is specifically designed to include students from diverse backgrounds and needs. The major goal of this experience is to increase the international knowledge of students who may not typically be able to study abroad because of a specific need or disability. Not only will our students experience another culture, they will also increase confidence and strengthen personal identity, flexibility, and creativity.
The program leaders for this study tour provide final approval for all registered students to participate.

Jan. 4-Jan. 17, 2022
On campus meeting Jan. 2-3

The arts, politics, history, sports, literature, – Berlin is a dynamic and vibrant capital city with something for everyone! Itinerary highlights include:
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Topography of Terror 
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin Wall Museum
  • House of Wannsee 
  • Sachenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Reichstag
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Experience traditional German cuisine as well as cuisine from all over the world
Housing and meals will be covered by the cost of the trip. Students will share twin rooms in a four-star hotel that includes free Wi-Fi and a full breakfast. Some meals will be enjoyed as a group, while other times the students will receive meal allowances to explore local cuisine in smaller groups or on their own.

Course Format:
  • Students participate in three on-campus meetings during the fall semester
  • Students participate in a one-day orientation on campus prior to departure 
  • Students present on their chosen research topic (on-site or before the group’s visit)
  • Students create a daily photoblog of their experiences
  • Upon completion of the trip and participating in all activities, students complete a final project tailored to their interests and strengths
  • Students earn two credits upon completion of the trip and final project
Estimated program fees are $4,703 and includes: 
  • Airfare
  • Hotel
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guides
  • Chaperone expenses
  • Administrative fees
  • Travel Insurance
Students will also be billed a $130 Jan Term Admin fee.
Students will need to bring their own money for souvenirs.

To Apply
This program is open to students registered with the SASS office.
Interested students should apply directly to Sarah Gould ( in the SASS office. 

Application deadline: August 16, 2021
Final withdrawal deadline: September 1, 2021

This program is currently not accepting applications.