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Studying in Germany

HIS2721: Cities at War



Program Map

map of Germany


Program Leaders

photo of Christie Herbert

Program Director:
Christie Herbert

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Academic Director:
Brian Cohen

Social Pragmatics Director:
Andy Donahue



Consider the following to determine if this course is right for your learning style.

Free time/Independence: Variable
This program is highly structured, with a regular daily schedule. During free time, program leaders will offer optional activities. However, students who want to explore independently will have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Physical Demands: LOW
The program includes some walking in museums and monument sites. The group will use public transportation to get around.

Transitions: LOW
The program stays in the same housing for the full three weeks. The schedule of daily activities is regular and does not change throughout the program.

Stimuli: LOW
While students will see a variety of sights and experience public transportation in a very large city, it is included in the context of a program with extra supports and guidance to help students navigate successfully.

Discover the vibrant and exciting city of Berlin, the capital of Germany. Cities at War is a course that explores the experience of Berlin during World War II. Through visits to museums, monuments, and historic sites, students will gain an understanding of the city's history through multiple perspectives. Extra support on the program makes it an ideal program for first-time travelers or students who thrive in an environment with consistency and structure.

Check out the program blog from 2018!


  • Good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or above)
  • WRT1011, EDU1011/EDU1001, and one 1000-level History/Religion/Philosophy/Art History course
  • OR permission of the department chair



Study Abroad PLUS

All students are invited to apply for any program that interests them. The Cities at War program in Berlin is a Landmark Study Abroad PLUS program, designed with the needs of autistic students in mind:

  • Consistent housing: the program stays in one location for the full three weeks.
  • Local travel: the itinerary includes local excursions in and around Berlin, but no lengthy full-day trips outside of the city.
  • Extended orientation: faculty spend extra time helping students get to know Berlin, including public transportation and neighborhoods near accommodations.
  • Dietary flexibility: Berlin offers opportunities to find many kinds of foods, suitable for both adventurous and cautious eaters, as well as food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Student support: three program leaders ensure that there is plenty of support for logistical, cultural, academic, and social needs.

Program Overview

Primary goal: to explore the experiences and memories of the people of Berlin during World War II.

  • Study social, cultural, and military history in the classroom, via digital resources, and at key historical sites.
  • Focus on German and Allied perspectives, with an emphasis on “everyday” experience of Berlin citizens during wartime.
  • Explore “historical memory” and the different ways that Berlin has memorialized the war.

Housing, Transportation, and Program Activities

  • Live at the ultra modern CIEE Global Institute in the central neighborhood of Kreuzberg.
  • Transportation will include local transport: subway, bus or tram.
  • The program includes visits to local sites around Berlin.

Program Cost

Cost for this program is TBD and will include:

  • 3-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Some group meals

Student spending can vary depending on the individual. Additional costs include:

  • Most meals
  • Free time activities
  • Cell phone costs, if students plan to activate a roaming plan or purchase a local SIM card
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Additional baggage fees beyond the first checked bag

Landmark College’s “Global Engagement” Scholarship offers a scholarship of up to 50% of the program fee. Scholarships are need-based and in general there are 1 – 2 available per program. Applications will be available in January 2022.

2018 Program Documents

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