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

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English, German
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Erik Grell - Modern Languages & Literatures, Ilka Rasch - Modern Languages & Literatures Areas of Study: Economics, Film Studies, German, German Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, Urban Studies
Type of Course Credit: Combination: Furman and Transfer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Foreign Language Immersion: Yes Program Features: Host Families, Language Immersion
Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship Housing: Host Family/ Home Stay
Program Description:

Spring 2018


OVERVIEWphoto of students outside building in Berlin

The Furman in Berlin program is affiliated with the Freie Universität Berlin, one of the premier institutions of higher education in Germany. The program offers a high-quality comprehensive language immersion program with a home-stay (including breakfast and dinner) with Berlin families, a broad range of courses in both English and German (over 20 topic classes to choose from, many of which fulfill major requirements and GERs), German language instruction (ranging from beginner I – advanced II), local tours and a week-long excursion (locations visited in recent years include: Munich, Prague, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, and Dresden),  transportation passes, weekend trips, well equipped facilities and a full range of student services (full access to local libraries, computer facilities, lecture series, etc.).  Upon arrival, students also have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunities. For more information on the program, please consult

ACADEMICSphoto of art on wall in Berlin

Students take two intensive German language classes tailored to their proficiency (ranging from 110 to the 300/400 level).  For majors or interested participants, we offer a German Theater and Film course (German 337) taught by Furman faculty, which we coordinate with offerings in local venues.  It includes tours of theaters, bi-weekly shows or screenings and a film studio visit. FU-Best offers a variety of other courses for students as well (see list below), which may fulfill major requirements outside German Studies and GERs.
German 337: German Theater and Film in Berlin (VP)
Instructors: Dr. Ilka Rasch & Dr. Erik Grell
Part of the study away curriculum in Germany. Exploration of the institutions and instantiations of theater and film in the cultural crucible of Berlin. Taught in German by the accompanying Furman faculty and assisted by on-site guides in studios, theaters, and museums. GER: VP, 4 credits

Transfer Courses from Freie Universität Berlin (12 credits total):

 Two Language courses, based on placement, which will transfer as GRM 201, 210, or 301 (3 credits each.)

 Two courses (3 credits each) available from FU-Best include:students sitting around table under umbrella outside in Berlin
  • Contemporary Germany in a European Perspective
  • Integration, Conflict and Security in Europe
  • German Cinema before 1945
  • The Human Condition and the Totalitarian Experience
  • Berlin: History, Memory, Literature
  • Modern German History in a European Context:  A Thematic Approach
  • Problems and Issues in German Philosophy:  Kant to Habermas
  • Literatur und Film in Deutschland seit der Wende
  • Islam and Europe:  Historical and Contemporary Dimensions
  • Jewish Legacies in Central Europe
  • Architecture in Berlin from the 19th Century to Today
  • History of Central European Classical Music:  Baroque to Contemporary
  • Perspectives on 20th-Century Art in Central Europe
  • European Business Cultures:  Management and Marketing in Cross-National Perspective
  • European Traditions in Sociology
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences: Quantitative Research Methods
  • European Legal Traditions 
Many of these courses have parallels in the Furman curriculum, for which our students have received transfer credit in the past.


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. 


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


Students will pay 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.


Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.


Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit


Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees


International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

This program is currently not accepting applications.