UTPA offers new summer study program in Berlin
Posted: 04/27/2006
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As part of its expanding summer study abroad programs, The Office of International Programs (OIP) at The University of Texas-Pan American is offering a new program in Berlin in cooperation with the prestigious Free University of Berlin, the city's largest university. The program will run from July 21 to August 18.

The newly restored capital of a united Germany, Berlin is a vibrant metropolis, combining sites of traditional interest with the best of contemporary culture. Some of the world's best symphony and opera companies are neighbors to avant-garde contemporary music. The world famous Museum Island shares an urban address with the newest in fashion design. Within the past decade, Berlin has been a city of construction cranes resulting in new structures and the reconstruction of older buildings. Key sites program participants will have an opportunity to view are the massive Sony commercial center, the new Holocaust Memorial, the redesigned Reichstag Parliament building, and the architecturally controversial Jewish Museum.

Study abroad students to Berlin can also visit other nearby locales including Potsdam, site of the Sans-Souci Palace, home of the former German emperors and location of the Allied conference at the end of World War II, Sachsenhausen concentration camp, and the truly impressive Soviet Memorial called Treptow. On weekends, longer excursions will be available to Prague, considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Europe, and to Dresden, one of Germany's cultural centers.

Excluding airfare, the cost of the program is $2,199, a bargain for four weeks in a major European capital city. This includes lodging, one meal per day, and tuition for six credit hours (two courses). Among the courses offered are Advanced German Politics and Intercultural Communication. These courses will be offered together, and will consist of visits in and around Berlin, with instruction about the cultural and historical-political dimensions of these sites. Both courses are available for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Introductory courses will also be offered in political science, communication, public administration, math, philosophy and history.

This year, OIP is also offering a variety of courses during the intersession, Summer I, and Summer II semesters in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, England, Spain, Turkey and Greece, China and India. All courses being offered are available to undergraduate and graduate students attending UTPA, community colleges and other universities in the country.

The OIP coordinates study abroad and international exchange/visiting programs for students, faculty and staff. The OIP also organizes international events and activities to promote inter-American, global and multicultural awareness on campus and in the community.

For more information call 956/381-3572, e-mail or visit