Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany. 

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Testimonial

“While I am sure I would have learned a lot in a course on campus, it was great to experience the lessons in real life that only 13 other Ursinus students have. Overall, I loved learning about how a centrally planned economy hurt each country, and how those countries were able to make a comeback after the fall of communism.” Cassidy Dixon (Class of 2022)

The intense three weeks spent abroad in Eastern Europe taught me a lot about the world and myself… being in a completely different land and experiencing a whole new variety of cultures was instantly eye-opening to me. Through the course itself, economic and political lessons have guided my understanding of how our world works to new levels… After learning so much information in such a short period of time, it can be hard to actually internalize and retain the key points, important details, and overall understanding… Personally, I know that seeing the results of different economic and political systems firsthand was integral to my learning experience – something a lesson in a classroom at Ursinus alone could never match up to… I would recommend this trip to any student that’s eager to step out of their comfort zone and absorb everything they can to help them understand the world in which they live (and have fun doing it too) Mason Groff (Class of 2021)

Activities

  • City Tour - Brandenburg Gate & Jewish Memorial
  • D.D.R. Museum - Life in East Germany
  • Personal Experience living in East Germany
  • Berlin Wall Memorial and The Ghost Subway Stations
  • Alderholf Park - “Silicon Valley of Berlin”
  • Humboldt University - a student’s perspective

Film Screenings

The Berlin Wall

Goodbye Lenin