Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: May 8-19, 2023
This study tour is an optional one-credit companion course to the Spring semester course HIST-D 312 Histories of the Cold War and to other select courses on the Soviet Union and the Cold War (see below).
It is hard to find a better place than Berlin to study the Cold War. The city divided by the Wall (1961-1989) still keeps memories and cultures of life in the GDR and West Berlin, sites of the Soviet-Western confrontation and cooperation, and places where you can immerse yourself in the history of World War II. Students will look into the building of socialism, history of propaganda and surveillance, democratic revolutions and foreign politics, everyday life under the Soviet regime, and international cultural exchanges at the time of the Iron Curtain.
During the study tour, students will visit key memorials of the Cold War and meet students at Freie University. The group will visit Potsdam where a historic conference took place in July 1945 to decide on the future of the world after the war. Students will complete a story map that reflects their understanding of the cultural and political topography of the Cold War in Berlin.
This program does not require participants to speak German but enables them to experience German culture on a daily basis.
Instructor: Tatiana Saburova, History
Course fee: Approximately $1,400. Includes housing, some meals, excursions, and health insurance. Student is responsible for flights and personal expenses, plus one credit of spring semester tuition.
Eligibility requirements: At least minimum 2.8 GPA. A GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 can be considered.
Required Spring 2023 enrollment in one of the following:
- Histories of the Cold War (HIST-D 312 / REEI-R 300)
- Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy (POLS-Y 368 / INTL-I 300 / REEI-R 300 / REEI-R 500 / HON-H 304)
- Soviet-American Rivalry in East Central Europe (INTL-I 300 / CEUS-R 349 / CEUS-R 549 / REEI-R 300 / REEI-R 500)
- The End of the Cold War and the World it Made (INTL-I 300 / REEI-R 300 / REEI-R 500)
Applications are open! Please submit applications by January 25.