Germany

Program overview

Program Dates: Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, August 20, 2016 (4 weeks)

This will be the 15th year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer program in Berlin. Over 600 students have enthusiastically participated in the program since it began.

Courses

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes take place Monday to Thursday.Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course, and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays. (CSC396Y0 may have several classes in Toronto prior to the start of the program. Further information will be posted in January.)

Please note that because there is no local university hosting this program, students will not have access to school library, computer or sports facilities. However, there are many internet cafés and public libraries in Berlin, as well as WiFi available in the apartments.

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*POL

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Berlin will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor St. West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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Program details

Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, August 20, 2016 (4 weeks)

This will be the 15th year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer program in Berlin. Over 600 students have enthusiastically participated in the program since it began.

Your classroom will be located in Gendarmenmarkt Square, the historic hub of Berlin, amidst famous landmarks such as the French Cathedral, the German Cathedral, and the State concert hall.

A generous range of scholarships are available to U of T students applying to this program, including several Joint Initiative in German and European Studies Scholarships valued at up to $5,000 and four Summer Abroad Bursaries of $3,000 each.  Further information is available in the Financial Aid section of the website.

Immerse Yourself in a Dynamic World City

  • Berlin is a central hub of Europe, lying on the north-south axis between Copenhagen and Vienna. Cities such as Dresden, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Brussels, Prague and Warsaw are all within easy reach of Berlin.
  • Berlin is known for its numerous festivals, shows, fairs and exhibits, as well as its rich food, music and arts scenes. The city boasts three opera houses, eight symphony orchestras and numerous cinemas (including open-air sites).
  • Almost one-quarter of Berlin’s urban surface consists of lake and forest, as well as extensive parklands, bike trails and the Spree and Havel waterways.

Accommodation and meals

Students are housed in Apartments at Brandenburger Tor, located in the central cultural hub of Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. The apartments are conveniently located close to the public transport system (U-Bahn, S-Bahn) and are within walking distance of the classrooms at Gendarmenmarkt Square.Each unit houses three students in two bedrooms (one single and one double), who share a small kitchen and bathroom. There is WiFi internet access in the apartments and they are
located close to a number of restaurants, cafes, markets and shops.

There is no meal plan. Students should budget approximately CAD$650 for a combination of self-prepared and purchased meals.

Students are required to submit a damage deposit. This will be returned on completion of the program provided the rooms are left clean and undamaged and keys have been returned.

Double room accommodation: CAD$1700
Single room accommodation: CAD$2220
Information on Accommodation and Meals
Residence Information Sheet

Group flight

There is no group flight for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Students who choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the program dates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the extra day(s).

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Germany PDO on May 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on entry requirements is available from the German Consulate.

As of the time of publication (December 2015), Canadian citizens only need a passport valid for six months beyond their return date to enter Germany as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.

NOTE: International students who need to apply for a short-stay visa should apply for it in Toronto.  Students can request a letter of support to assist with their visa application by emailing germany.abroad@utoronto.ca AFTER all of their program fees have been paid to the Summer Abroad office.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 15, 2016
  • Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 21, 2016

Cost of Studying in Germany

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,850 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,005 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $163 Estimate based on 2015 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees
CSC396Y $395
GER354Y $245
POL300Y $630
Accommodation $1,700 Based on shared accommodation in the university-arranged apartment. A single room is $2,220.
Airfare $1,575 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Meals $650 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Local Transportation $160 Estimate – cost of monthly public transit pass. Paid on site.
Textbooks $50 Estimate – purchase in Toronto prior to departure
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $7,593 – $7,978 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $8,748 – $9,133 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program.
• Summer Abroad Bursary (four awards at $3000 each)
• Joint Initiative in German and European Studies Scholarships (several awards, variable amounts up to $5000)