UCLA Travel Study

Germanic Studies: German Language and Culture Across Europe

  • Dates

    *Will Return Summer 2022*

  • Location

    Vienna, Munich, Leipzig and Berlin

  • Faculty


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visiting Students: TBA

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents

Take courses in German art, history, and society (taught in English) as you move from Vienna to Munich, the Swiss city of Basel, and on to Berlin. You may also opt to take any level of German language. You will enjoy seeing many 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 former imperial capital that has undergone tremendous transformation since their time. We will discover the lasting influence of modern Viennese arts, design, and thoughts.

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 Basel, we explore how a city situated on the borders of France and Germany utilizes its diversity to drive a vibrant and creative culture.

In Berlin, we witness 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! We explore famous sites and discover lesser-known aspects of diverse cultures in each city. Throughout the journey, we sample regional cuisine to gain insight into Germany’s historical development.

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


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two or three of the following three courses while attending the program:

  • German 61A (5 units)
  • German 102 (5 units)
  • German language (4 units) – see below for levels available

Course Descriptions

German 61A: Berlin and the German City (5 units)

Prerequisites:  None

The unification of East and West Germany in 1990 offered an opportunity for new beginnings, particularly in Berlin, which has become one of the most dynamic metropolises in Europe in the 21st century. However, history remains omnipresent in the urban landscape of Berlin, even as 21st- century events continue to shape the city. This course explores how history and memory – particularly of World War II, the Berlin Wall, and their impact – continue to shape cultural dynamics and identity in Berlin today. Through close analysis of cultural texts (including architecture, memorials, everyday life, exhibitions, and urban planning), class discussions consider how history is experienced and how the geography of the city intersects with memory and ideology

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

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

Prerequisites:  None

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

German Language Courses

  • 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.

Optional Course

German 199: Directed Research (4 Units)

Students also have the option of enrolling in German 199, allowing them to do an additional research paper on a topic related to the travel study program.  Instructor consent is required to register, so be sure to obtain your instructor’s approval on the subject and format. There is an additional fee for this optional course.

Students can enroll in optional courses by submitting the Optional Course Registration Form, as well as proof of instructor consent, to info@ieo.ucla.edu. You can enroll up until the Friday of the second week of your program.


Syllabi for all courses will be provided closer to the start date of the program.


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

Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee TBA TBA TBA
Textbooks (estimate) $150 $150 $150
Airfare (estimate) $1800 $1800 $1800
Meals (estimate) $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Spending Money (estimate) $500 $500 $500

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance. Program fee also includes daily breakfast throughout the program and transportation between Vienna, Munich, Basel, Berlin, and other nearby cities.

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

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

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

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, Basel, and Berlin, students will reside at centrally located hotels or hostels – including an award-winning new hostel overlooking the Rhine River in Basel. In Munich, the hotel is in a pleasant suburb with easy access to the city center. All housing is double occupancy, except in Basel where students will stay in a 4-bed hostel room.

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


Breakfast is 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.
  • Belvedere Museum – Home to some of Gustav Klimt’s greatest paintings, including “The Kiss.”
  • For more information about Vienna, please visit the Vienna Site.


  • Dachau Tour – This will be a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial.
  • 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.
  • For more information about Munich, please visit the Munich Site.


  • A tour of the old city, possibly including an exclusive visit to the underground headquarters of a Carnival club where all the preparations for the annual festival take place.
  • For more information about Basel, please visit the Basel Site.


  • 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).
  • Berlin Wall Memorial – Learn about the failure of walls to divide people, and how Germany now marks this devastating chapter of its history.
  • “Arab Street” – Take a tour with a Syrian refugee to discover how immigrants have built a new home in Berlin and added to the city’s vibrant culture.
  • For more information about Berlin, please visit the Berlin Site.
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. A few optional excursions that you may be interested in while attending the program include: 

  • Austrian Heuriger – Journey to the suburbs of Vienna to learn about and experience traditions of hospitality in the Danube valley.
  • Lucerne & Bern – On your free day in Basel, you might opt to visit other Swiss cities such as picturesque Lucerne or the capital Bern.
  • Neuschwanstein – From Munich you will have an opportunity to take a short trip to the iconic castle built by “Mad King” Ludwig.
  • Art Museums – Professor Tokofsky, who is the director of academic programs at the Getty Museum, will offer tours of art museums in all four cities.