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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:
Berlin: The Fall + Rise of an Art City is a course designed to give students access to some of the most engaging art world experiences the city has to offer. Student travelers will come away from the course with a greater awareness of the rich history of this dynamic city as well as a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the contemporary art world.
The course will provide creative and intellectual inspiration for its participants through tailored experiences in the Berlin art scene, the most important art city in Europe. Participants will be led on a day-long city walk, In Search of the Miraculous, in which six artist-guides share their unique vantage points on the city they live and make work in. Students will experience the vitality of Berlin through multiple artist’s studio visits, meetings with art gallery owners, a project space tour, two hands-on creative workshops, tours of private art collections, visits to contemporary art spaces, the 2020 Berlin Biennale, and optional visits to museums like KunstWerke, Hamburger Bahnhof, Gropius Bau and others.
Through shared meals and daily excursions in the city, the course creates a community among travelers. A typical day starts with a meet-up over breakfast for a “check-in” and review of any readings, then out the door for the art adventure of the day. Following the daily excursion, students will spend the remainder of the day exploring and discovering the city on their own or with the group.

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Faculty Leader Tia Factor, Adjunct Instructor, School of Art and Design
Travel Dates Ten days in Summer 2022 
Areas of Study
  • Art History
  • Art Practice
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD during Summer 2021
Course & Credit ART 399/410: BERLIN: THE FALL + RISE OF AN ART CITY 

4 undergraduate credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  German
Housing Shared Apartments in City Center
  • 2-3 students will share a bedroom in each apartment
  • Students will have access to a kitchen 
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.0
Previous Coursework None required
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process (PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process (Non-PSU Students)
  • 4 undergraduate credits (ART 399/410)
  • Accommodations in shared apartments
  • Welcome and Farewell meals
  • Unique artist studio visits, which are not open to the public
  • Experiential art workshops
  • Museum & Private Art Collection visits
    • Boros Sammlung, a private collection of contemporary art, comprised of works by international artists dating from 1990 to the present. Different facets of the collection are on display in a converted bunker in Berlin. 
    • Sammlung Hoffman, a private, contemporary art collection, updated annually, focusing each time on a unique keyword. The artwork spans multiple mediums and generations.
    • Julia Stoschek Collection, a private collection of contemporary international art with a focus on time-based media.
    • Hamburger Bahnhof, the former terminus of the Hamburg-Berlin Railway that today serves as a contemporary art museum, the Museum für Gegenwart, part of the Berlin National Gallery.
  • Gallery and Project Space Tour
  • Local transportation
    • Metro card for use during the program in Berlin
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance for the duration of the program
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,200)
  • Additional meals (estimated at $165)
    • Students have access to a kitchen
  • Transportation to/from the Berlin Airport (estimated at $40 total)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.