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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Olympic Stadium BerlinProgram Overview

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 a 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.

What if we are unable to travel in Summer 2021?

PSU Education Abroad recognizes the uncertainty regarding international travel in the coming months. A decision regarding this program's ability to travel will occur no later than April 15, 2021. The program may be canceled due to (but not limited to) the following reasons: 
  • Travelers are required to quarantine for a number of days upon arrival 
  • Major program components cannot be supported due to local restrictions
  • It is deemed unsafe to travel
If PSU Education Abroad cancels the program, participants will be refunded the $50 application fee, if paid by the date of cancellation. Participants will not be charged the program fee. 

In the case that this program is not able to travel, students will have the option to enroll in alternative COMM 399 or 410 courses to stay on track to graduation. 

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Faculty Leader George Rede
Department of Communication
Portland State University
Travel Dates August 16 - 30, 2021*

Students should plan to arrive by 11 am in Berlin on August 16th and to check out of program-provided housing on the 30th before 12 pm. 
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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)
$3,825 $1,730 $5,555
  • 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
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1200)
  • Additional meals (estimated at $280 total)
    • Participants are responsible for daily lunches and dinners
  • 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. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.