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Berlin: Capital of Modernity

Berlin, Germany: June 21 - July 19, 2014 (four weeks)

Karen Hornick, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin
Fredric Smoler, Adda Bozeman Professor of International Relations, Sarah Lawrence College
Priority application deadline: March 1, 2014

Programs fill on a rolling basis and may fill without notice. Students are encouraged to apply early and only completed applications are reviewed.

This course is open to Undergraduate students of all NYU and Non-NYU schools.

Note: This course fulfills 4 units of the Interdisciplinary Seminar and the Humanities foundation requirements.

Berlin Wall

Course Description

Some of the most thrilling, momentous, and terrible events of the 1900's occurred in Berlin, and today its streets, buildings, and cultural monuments offer tales of warning and inspiration to the present century. This four-week course will take in many of the sights and sounds of old and contemporary Berlin, but our course will focus on the involvement of twentieth-century, Berlin-based politicians, activists, artists, architects, bohemians, writers, and intellectuals with the causes, experience, and consequences of World War II.

Berlin's streets, buildings, memorials, and cultural monuments offer cautionary tales about the folly of nationalist ambition; inspiring sagas of intellectual and physical courage; cold testimonials of crime and retribution; lyrical ballads of brutal honesty; personal records of hope and despair. From one perspective, all of these narratives are episodes in an epic whose grand and central scene is World War II and that is the point of view to be adopted in this four-week interdisciplinary seminar set in Berlin. Our period of study begins just before the outbreak of World War I and ends during the astonishing building boom of the post-Wall 1990s and early 2000s.

Classes, taught in English, meet four days a week. Group site visits occur throughout the week and on weekends, but students will be given ample opportunity to explore Berlin and develop their own individual projects. Survival German language courses will be offered daily. Students will live in apartments conveniently located near our classroom. Students will provide their own meals. Field trips encompass the rich resources of the city's museums, neighborhoods, historical sites, memorials and cultural monuments.

Students are required to live in program housing provided by NYU Gallatin.

Application Requirements

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Electronic Transcript

Personal statement and electronic transcripts should be submitted through the online application. Materials also can be mailed or delivered to the address below, or e-mailed as attachments to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.

Admission decisions are based on strength of academic performance, personal statement, and space remaining in the program. If offered admission to the course, an initial non-refundable deposit of $400 must be submitted in order to secure your place.

Mailing address:

Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003


NYU students may provide an unofficial copy printed or saved as a .pdf from Albert. Students can either submit the transcript through the online application, mail or deliver it to the address above, or e-mail it as an attachment to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.

Letter of Recommendation

Please submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or primary academic advisor that speaks of your academic standing and ability to study away in an intensive format. Letters may be mailed or hand delivered to the address above, or e-mailed as attachments to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.


  • Tuition for 4 credits: 3225
  • Deposit (applied to program costs, non-refundable): 400
  • Program Fee (includes some meals, entrance fees): 450
  • Housing Fee: 1200
  • Incidental Costs: Round–trip Airfare (student purchases his/her own airfare)
  • NYU Registration and Services Fee: TBA, usually 300-500 (estimate based on past semesters)

Faculty Profile

Karen Hornick

Karen Hornick

Karen Hornick teaches courses that integrate the study of literature, media, philosophy, cultural history, and writing. At Gallatin, she has …
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Check out these photos from Gallatin's 2012 Travel Course to Berlin:

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