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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/12/2020 03/15/2020 07/06/2020 07/20/2020
Program Description:
PROGRAM OVERVIEWOlympic Stadium Berlin

In this course, using Berlin as our classroom, we will examine how sports reflect contemporary society on various issues, including race, gender, economics, marketing, mental illness and sexual abuse, among others. We will also look at the basic skills of writing and reporting, interviewing and storytelling, ethical challenges and employment prospects where sports and mass communications intersect.  

Where better to do this than in Germany, home of the 2014 World Cup champions and host country to the 1936 and 1972 Olympic Games?

Students will be encouraged to use diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference to think critically and solve problems pertaining to the study of sports, culture and the media. With the added value brought by guest speakers, field trips and unscripted encounters with local residents, the course will spur students to compare and contrast their U.S. experiences and frames of reference with those of citizens of other countries. This kind of self-reflection, along with small-group discussion, will serve as a window to cultural understanding and common issues around the course content.

Program may include:
  • Several meals at German restaurants
  • Two weeks of living in facilities owned and run by Germans, providing consistent opportunity for interaction with service staff.
  • Walking tour of immediate neighborhood and orientation to local culture, services and demographics.
  • Site visits to local and national news media organizations.
  • Site visits to advertising and public relations agencies.
  • Site visits to global sporting goods companies.
  • Site visits to Olympics stadiums and professional team facilities.
  • Tour of the Bundestag, the national parliament.
  • Group meal with German communications students and faculty.
  • Daily photostory assignment requiring students to capture at least one photo a day, ensuring time spent in their new milieu.
 
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Faculty Leader George Rede
Department of Communication
Portland State University
Travel Dates July 6 - 20, 2020
Areas of Study This program is open to all students, but is especially relevant for the following majors:
  • Communication
  • Marketing 
Course & Credit COMM 399: Berlin - Sports, Culture and the Media
4 credits

This counts towards your Communication major or minor elective requirement!
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  German*

*Knowledge of German is not required to participate in this program
Housing Centrally located hostel with up to 3 program participants sharing a room. 
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Internet included
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Postbaccalaureate 
Preference is given to degree-seeking PSU students.
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites None
Considerations
  • Program involves walking over uneven surfaces throughout the city
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
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)
PROGRAM FEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS
$3,825 $1,900 $5,725
APPLY FOR THE PSU EDUCATION ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP!
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
  • 4 undergraduate Credits (COMM 399)
  • Accommodations in a centrally located hostel in Berlin
    • 3 participants to a room
    • Internet is included
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Access to the IES Abroad Center, located in Mitte which includes:
    • Study space
    • Computers
    • Wireless internet
  • Field Trips & Excursions
    • Reichstag/Bundestag with a guided tour
    • Olympic Stadium with a guided tour
  • Professional Business visits related to sports journalism, sports marketing, among others
  • Transportation passes for the duration of the program
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1200)
  • Additional meals (estimated at $450 total)
  • Transportation to/from the Berlin Airport (estimated at $25 each way)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US Passport holders do not need a visa to participate on this program

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the 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.