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Program Description




This one-credit course explores the legacy of the Soviet occupation of East Germany. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the western, capitalist Federal Republic of Germany (BRD) and the eastern, socialist German Democratic Republic (DDR) began the difficult process of reunification. While in some parts of German life, the separation is a thing of the distant past, the legacy of the divide remains stark in the architecture, infrastructure, and cultural landscape of former East Germany, especially in Berlin itself. In recent years, a peculiar phenomenon known as Ostalgie (a pun on ost, or “east,” and nostalgie, or “nostalgia”) has emerged, a brand of specifically German Soviet nostalgia that makes itself known in the many surprising corners of German cultural life. The goal of this course is to explore the legacy of the Soviet occupation of East Germany, and the ways in which Ostalgie manifests today. We will focus on Berlin, exploring how the city remembers its divided past. We will visit remnants of the Wall and other monuments to Berlin’s troubled 20th century, tour some of the WWII-era bunkers that spread in a vast network underground, and take advantage of the vibrant cultural life that has always defined Berlin.

Quick Facts

  • May 11 – May 20, 2020
  • Visits to the Tempelhof Park, Mauerpark Flea Market, the DDR Museum
  • Walking tours of underground bunkers, the Berlin Wall, and neighborhoods across Berlin
  • Day Trip to Dresden
  • Tickets to theater and open-air cinemas
  • Earn 1 credit

Application Requirements

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.



Location Details


Germany’s capitol city is loud, bright, fast-paced, and indelibly marked by a century of war, division, and reconciliation. Berlin was divided between the USSR and West Germany after World War II and its famous wall was erected in 1961. Now most of the Wall has been destroyed, but remnants are preserved and visited often at the East Side Gallery and Mauerpark. The scars of both WWII and the divide are permanent fixtures of the city’s physical and cultural landscape. Now, in the 21st century, Berlin is a lively city packed to the brim with everything from venerable cultural institutions and cutting-edge experimental arts and music.

A large city east of Berlin, in the former East Germany, filled with palaces, churches, and museums. The center of Dresden was levelled nearly completely by late-WWII Allied bombings, and the long process of its reconstruction is a perfect case study for the difficult relationship Germany, and the former East Germany in particular, has with its past. While the center of the city is now filled with buildings in lavish late-18th century style, all these “historic” buildings were built from scratch during the 20th century. 

Visa Information

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 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

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.


Eligibility Requirements

This course is open to Barrett students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who have completed HON171 with a grade of C or above. If you are currently enrolled in HON171, your application will be waitlisted as preference is given to those who have already completed. 


Students will take the below course for a total of 1 credit

  • HON  (1 credit)

Students will register for this course during the Spring registration period. 

*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.  

Course Format 

Students will prepare for travel to Germany by reading primary and secondary literature from before, during, and after the Wall, including testimonies from children separated from their parents by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961 as well as films like Berlin Babylon (2001), which tracks the massive rebuilding efforts in Berlin after the reunification in 1990, and Goodbye Lenin (2003), criticized by many in Germany for inaugurating the romanticized nostalgia for East Germany known as Ostalgie. However, the bulk of the course will be conducted on the ground in Germany. Much of the course involves an analysis of the architectural and infrastructural legacy of the DDR, from monuments to tram systems, and from stained glass windows to apartment complexes. This class, while introducing students to narratives of the divided Germany, also teaches them to interrogate and critique these narratives by exploring how nostalgia informs both memory and commemoration.

East Side



Faculty Directors

Dr. Katie Boyce-Jacino
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Sage North 112

Dr. Neveser Koker
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Sage North 110A




Program Housing

Students will be housed in studio apartments with kitchenettes near the city center. Most travel will be done on the city’s two subway systems, the S- and U-bahns, as well as on buses and trams, along with regular walking of short distances. There will be several walking tours and an optional biking tour (Berlin is an extremely pedestrian and bike-friendly city). Travel to Dresden will be done on regional rail.

Special Considerations

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.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program includes some walking up steep hills and on uneven surfaces in rugged terrain. 

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. 

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. 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. 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. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

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.

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 our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $3,000.

Program Fee includes: shared housing in apartments with kitchenettes, a welcome meal, site visits and cultural events, round-trip train to and from Dresden, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  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.

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.


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

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • 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.


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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.