School of International Letters and Cultures, School of Social Transformation
How do Europe and the United States respond to immigrants and refugees. What do they have in common? How are they different? How can the arts and storytelling help us understand migrant and refugee experiences?
This program will engage critically in the history and contemporary experience of migrants and refugees in Berlin. By working directly with Berlin-based NGOs, activists, policy makers, and migrants themselves, students will get a first-hand account of how Germany, and Berlin in particular, handle arriving refugees. Additionally, we will examine examples from various art forms, including film and the creative arts, storytelling, media and social media to help understand migration and immigrants in Germany. Comparative attention will be made with circumstances in Arizona and Germany to provide students a local/global lens and prepare them for addressing immigration through a rich nuanced lens. Students interested in internship credit will work alongside Phoenix area organizations and work closely with a similar Berlin organization to understand what immigration justice looks like on the ground in Arizona and how that might differ to the Berlin experience. Join us in getting hands-on experience at the global and local level that can open up new ways of understanding the experience of migrants and refugees. .
May 13 - May 23, 2020
Real-world practice in working with NGOs and immigrant/refugee communities
Visits to Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial, Postdam, Parliament, The German Resistance Memorial, Berlin’s Turkish market
Meet politicians, representatives of the media and NGOs and directly engage with migrants
Class and cultural visits in English
Potential to earn Internship Credit
Open to students 2.5 GPA, exceptions could be made on a case by case basis
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
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The history of the Berlin Wall, of Jewish persecution, of Turkish migration, and of recent Syrian refugees contributes to a need to focus on Berlin as a site of inquiry, cultural exchange, and hands-on experience for students. The goal is to expose the students to the history of migration in Germany with a strong focus the recent migration and refugee waves. Students will not only meet politicians, representatives of the media and NGOs but also directly engage with migrants through a storytelling workshop with an artistic outcome.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
For students interested in the 1 credit internship option, a short 2 paragraph essay on why you would like to participate and what you would like to get out of the experience is required
Students will register during the Spring registration period for ONE OR MORE of the following courses:
GER/SLC 455: Berlin: Migration, Art and Activism* (3 credits) (Fulfills General Studies requirement G - Global Awareness)
JUS 350: Immigration and Justice* (3 credits) (Fulfills General Studies requirement SB and C - Social-Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.)
JUS/WST/SST/SLC 484: Internship* (1 or 3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.
GER/SLC 455 is a 3 credit Spring 2020 Session C hybrid course and will deal with the culture and politics, arts and activism of migrants in Germany based on the example of Berlin, using historical and contemporary examples. We will examine examples from various art forms, including film and the creative arts, literature, media and social media to help understand the impact of migration and immigrants on Germany and German society and will compare it to experiences in other countries, especially the US.
JUS 350 is a 3 credit Spring 2020 Session C course that examines immigration policy, history of immigration, refugee issues, labor force participation, trauma and detention. Through explorations in art as a healing, the class recognizes how various forms of art have been used to discuss and heal the trauma from detention.
Students can registered for one of the above courses (3 credit hours) or both (6 credit hours).
For both courses, those students who participate in the international Global Intensive Experience in Berlin will not have to do a final research paper and instead will explore the dynamics on the ground in Berlin, talking to NGOS, immigrant/refugees, volunteering with organizations, and observing the experience first-hand. Their final grade will then result from a reflexive piece detailing what the study abroad experience taught them about the complexity of immigration/refugee policies.
Students also have an option to register in JUS/WST/SST/SLC 484 (internship) credits (1 or 3 credit hours). These students will intern with an arts-based NGO in Phoenix before leaving for Berlin and then reflecting on the comparative experience in both countries.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Germany, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Germany, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is TBD.
Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, some meals, site visits & cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 or 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program. The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.
The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered through the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC), consists of grants of $500 to $1000 awarded to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students participating in ASU Study Abroad faculty-directed summer programs sponsored by (SILC) or ASU Study Abroad GIE Programs (Global Intensive Programs) sponsored by SILC. Application details for AY 2019-2020 will be announced soon and application form is accessible here:https://clas-forms.asu.edu/silc/dorothy-govekar-endowed-scholarship