Summer Travel Study

Germanic Studies: German Culture Across Europe

  • Dates

    Summer 2018 Dates TBA

  • Location

    Vienna, Munich and Berlin

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads:

    UC Grad Students:

    Visiting Students:

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents

Take courses in German art, culture, and history (taught in English) as you move from Vienna to Munich and on to Berlin. You may also opt to take any level of the German language. You will enjoy seeing three of the great cities both of contemporary Europe and of European history. The program is designed for students of all backgrounds and majors. We will learn through exploration: In Vienna, we trace the footsteps of Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, and others in the streets and coffee houses.

In Munich, we try to understand how a cultural capital of Europe could give rise to avant-garde art as well as the Nazi party.

In Berlin, we will explore the dynamics of a city still healing from decades of war and division while also becoming the capital of the New Europe.

In the new Berlin, arts and cultural scenes thrive and political decisions affecting the world economy are made. For language students, there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your skills outside of the classroom!

Scholarships:  To help cover the cost of the program, the Department of Germanic Languages will offer limited scholarships based on merit and need.


Students must complete at least 9 units while attending the program. Students must choose any two or three courses from the program curriculum.

Germanic Culture Courses

Students have the option to select one or two of the following culture courses.

  1. German 61A: Berlin (5 units)

Throughout the course of the 20th century and now into the 21st,  Berlin has frequently been center stage for not only German history, culture, and politics, but also world events.

Scenes from Berlin – such as Jesse Owens sprinting to gold in the 1936 Olympics, Soviet armies defeating the Nazis, Presidents Kennedy and Reagan speaking at the Berlin Wall in the heat of the Cold War, or masses of Germans celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall – belong among the most memorable in history.

Today Berlin is home to innovative new architecture and thriving multicultural neighborhoods.  This course explores the rich cultural history of modern Berlin through literature, philosophy, the arts, and current politics.

Excursions include visits to the Reichstag/ Bundestag, Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, former prisons and concentration camps, and walking tours along the former path of the Wall and into diverse neighborhoods.

German 61A can be applied towards the Literary & Cultural Analysis or the Historical Analysis UCLA GE requirements.

  1. German 102: 20th Century German History and Culture “Art, War, and Politics” (5 units)

*German 102 can be applied towards the Literary & Cultural Analysis, Historical Analysis or the Social Analysis UCLA GE requirements.

European society experienced tumultuous change during the 20th century due to the extreme impact of two world wars, as well as the more subtle influence of artistic innovations, such as abstract and Expressionist paintings (which Hitler would call “degenerate art”).

This course will explore how art and war shape and reflect the politics of their day, as we visit places where artists such as Gustav Klimt, Vassily Kandinsky, and Gabriela Münter worked, as well as where Nazi marches and book burnings occurred and the White Rose resistance movement defied fascism.

German Language Courses

Students have the option to add one of the following language courses to their course curriculum.

  • German 1: Beginning German (4 units), no prerequisite
  • German 3: Elementary German (4 units), prerequisite: German 2 or equivalent
  • German 4: Intermediate German (4 units), prerequisite: German 3 or equivalent
  • German 5: Intermediate German (4 units), prerequisite: German 4 or equivalent
  • German 6: Intermediate German (4 units), prerequisite: German 5 or equivalent
  • German 141: Advanced Conversation/Composition (4 units), prerequisite: German 6 or equivalent. Advanced language instruction (taught in German) with readings in contemporary or modern literature and/or journalism with an emphasis on speaking and writing proficiency.


  • Syllabus German 1
  • Syllabi German 2-3
  • Syllabi German 4-6
  • Syllabus German 141


Grades are typically based on attendance, class participation, journals, a mid-term examination and a final examination. The instructor reserves the right to vary this format.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you leave. Textbook information will be available at a later date.

Budget and Financial Aid

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Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Program fee also includes daily breakfast throughout the program, as well as lunches while in Berlin, and transportation between Vienna, Munich, and Berlin.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee TBA TBA  TBA

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this Web site.


To help cover the cost of the program, the Department of Germanic Languages will offer limited scholarships based on merit and need.

On Location


In Vienna and Berlin, students will reside at centrally located hotels or hostels. In Munich, the hotel is in a pleasant suburb with easy access to the city center. All housing is double occupancy, except for stop-over cities where students will stay for one night in a 4-6 bed hostel room.

UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Breakfast and lunch are provided daily in all cities. 

If you have very strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.

Tentative Program Excursions (Subject to Change)

Center of Vienna/Ringstrasse The Hofburg, the Habsburg empire power center until 1918, is a conglomerate of 19 interior courtyards, 18 main and auxiliary buildings, portals, arches, hidden passages and more than 2,500 rooms. A visit of the Hofburg complex will be the starting point of our extensive tour of the center of Vienna, including the 19th-century Ringstrasse with its historicist architecture representing the aspirations of the bourgeoisie. Vienna is best explored on foot and rounded up by a visit to a typical Kaffeehaus.

Belvedere Museum Home to some of Gustav Klimt’s greatest paintings, including “The Kiss.”

Neuschwanstein This fairytale castle built by Ludwig II is perhaps the most recognized site in all of Germany. This excursion is optional and students may independently make arrangements for a visit.

Lenbachhaus This famous museum will re-open in spring 2013 after a multi-year renovation. It houses the world’s greatest collection of works by the artists in the “Blue Rider” group which founded by several famous artists, including Wassily Kandinsky.

Kloster Andechs This is an optional excursion which begins with a leisurely hike through the Bavarian countryside and finishes at the Benedictine Abbey with breathtaking views of the area. The traditional establishment makes its own cheeses, meats, and Bavarian beverages to fuel visiting hikers.

Reichstag in Berlin This grandiose building has closely escaped destruction many times during its history and has undergone some major transformations over the years (not to mention the legendary “wrapping” of the building in the summer of 1995 by the artist Christo). One year after reunification in 1991 the parliament decided that Berlin should once again become the seat of German government. The building is once again home of the German Parliament (the Bundestag).

Jewish Museum in Berlin The Jewish Museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts documenting the history of the German Jewish community. Various artworks including sculpture, painting and design offer an artistic impression of Jewish culture and religion.

Art Museums Professor Tokofsky, who is the director of academic programs at the Getty Museum, will offer tours of art museums in all three cities.

Optional Excursions

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

The cities of Berlin and Vienna have experienced both the most glorious and the darkest moments of European history. Today they lead the way into the twenty-first century as centers for dazzling new architecture and a thriving counter-culture. Walk the streets of Berlin that were once divided by the politics of the Cold War, and where now the new politics of reunification and reconciliation is taking place.

Enjoy Munich, the Bavarian capital that is rich with history and intrigue. Munich is the birthplace of the Nazi movement as well as home to avant-garde art movements Hitler hoped to eliminate.

Experience what it feels like to live in Vienna, a city that inspired Mozart and Beethoven and shocked the world with the art of Egon Schiele and the thought of Sigmund Freud. Discover the lasting influence of Viennese arts and design, and follow in the footsteps of legendary filmmaker Orson Wells.

Austrian Heuriger Outside of Vienna, wine-growers honor the tradition of opening their farms to guests and sharing the new harvest. We will join them and partake in home-made Austrian cuisine

For more information about Berlin, please visit the Berlin Site.

For more information about Vienna, please visit the Vienna Site.

Registration opens November 15, 2017 at midnight! If you’d like to receive more information via email, sign-up to add your name to the interest list.