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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Humanities, Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Max credit hours:
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Sustainability Studies in Berlin

About the Program 

Berlin and northeastern Germany give students an exceptional location to study how a country and a city divided by the Cold War and ideological differences have emerged as a model for the German way of meeting the challenges of sustainable development. Students will visit sites featuring “green” technology used in buildings, transportation, energy production, and manufacturing. They will talk to scientists doing research on the complex issues of sustainable development, meet with business people and politicians from all sides of the political spectrum who see sustainable development as an acceptable norm for conducting business and doing politics. Throughout, students will experience the rich life of a European metropolis, while learning the history and philosophy of sustainability.

Sustainability in Germany, Summer 2014 Participant:
"This program is a once in a lifetime, one of a kind, opportunity that should not be passed up. It was well worth every penny! The city is great and has so much to offer culturally, visually, and historically. It really was a trip I will never forget, and I met so many amazing people along the way."


Curricular Options

All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session, and are required to take 7 credit hours per session.  Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding the eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

SEE 250: Introduction to Sustainability (3 credits)
A multidisciplinary introduction to Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) and to the SEE minor. Emphasis on learning how to view complex issues from different disciplinary points of view, developing reading and critical thinking skills about current issues in sustainability, gaining an awareness of different ethical positions and how these influence the quest for solutions, and learning how scientific and sociopolitical processes work to investigate and address sustainability issues.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries-Integrative

HST 342: Environmental History (3 credits)
A chronological and thematic approach to environmental history. The course focus in Berlin will be the growth and development of the conservation and environmentalist movements in the 20th century.  Emphasis will be comparative, with a good deal of material focused on Germany. Highlighting the ways in which these social movements responded to and  grew in a globalized world that was going through technological, social, and political upheaval underscores how, when, why, and if they moved from marginalized to mainstream and vice versa.
CAP Status: Advanced Historical Studies

PHL 335: Philosophy of Sustainability (3 credits)
A conceptual analysis of the many notions of sustainability. The course will scrutinize the differences and similarities among different notions of sustainability, the assumptions that guide reasoning using those notions and the differences in policies that result from the different notions of sustainability. The course will also examine how human flourishing can be related to sustainable development and how sustainable development is consistent with or required by various political ideologies.
CAP Status: Advanced Philosophy; Crossing Boundaries Inquiry (Status Pending)

UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience. (1 Credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded minicourse required of all student participants.

Sustainability in Germany, Summer 2014 Participant:
"This program is a great introduction to European culture and allows you to dive deeper into world issues like sustainability and environmental protection. Most of the time you won't realize that you are actually studying since learning is integrated with all aspects of the trip and happens continuously."


Dr. Viorel Paslaru, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy (Site Coordinator)

Dr. Anca Glont, Assistant Professor, Department of History

Dr. Rebecca Potter, Associate Professor, Department of English; Director, SEE Program


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Rike 116
Section Number: UDI 220 – MH
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Sustainability in Germany, Summer 2014 Participant: 
". . .  the best experience of my life. The cultural experience was incomparable and I will treasure the memories I created and friends I made for the rest of my life."

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This program is currently not accepting applications.