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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dortmund, Germany; Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Wolfram Hoefer
Non-Rutgers Students:
iSOS: Accommodation IATA:
Program Description:

Program dates will be updated in Fall Semester 2017
The Program
  • Students from the United States and Germany will work together on the project, “Quality in Landscape Construction for a Sustainable Horticultural Design and Landscape Industry.” 
  • Lectures from University of Osnabrück professors in Landscape Construction.
  • A “European Metropolises” excursion to Vienna, Prague, Dresden, and Berlin in the first week of the program.
Your Host Cities: Munich, Dormund, Berlin
Because our classroom is the public open space, we will tour four major cities in Germany. Each location offers different insights into the history of gardens, parks, and urban design along with contemporary landscape architectural solutions. The program will start with 9 days in Munich. The Bavarian capital was shaped by the Wittelsbacher royal family but recently evolved into an innovative media and high-tech center with an innovative urban design. The train will bring us to Düsseldorf on the Rhine where we will study how a city reconnected with its river. The 6 days stay will include a free travel weekend. Düsseldorf’s location close to Amsterdam and Brussels and its major airport make it a good travel hub for exploring other European locations. From there it is a short trip to Dortmund in the Ruhr region. That formerly agricultural region was completely transformed by coal and steel industry. We will stay 10 days, explore post-industrial landscape transformations and work on a complex infrastructure design project. Our final destination will be Berlin where we will have 8 days to dive into a diverse cultural scene and explore how different layers of history have shaped the city. 

   Faculty Director Profile: 
Wolfram Hoefer

Professor Hoefer conducts applied research on various urban environmental problems in New Jersey through the Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES), which he developed. He is particularly interested in the remains of our industrial past and how we interact with them. 

Email Dr. Hoefer at

To view the syllabus from a past iteration, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The open space is our classroom. On-site lectures will be organized along four main themes: contemporary landscape architecture, urban design/planning, history of landscape architecture, and history and culture of Germany. In preparation for the trip, each student will prepare a paper about a specific location and present his/her findings on site. Students will further engage in spatial analysis on location using sections, sketches, and other visual tools. Please make sure to bring pencils, a sketchbook, colored pencils, felt tip pen, and a camera. Classwork will start rain or shine at 9:00 am and run until about 6:00 pm. (with lunch break). Don’t forget good walking shoes and rain gear.

A core element of the program is the 6-day intensive design workshop. In collaboration with local partners, students will analyze a post-industrial situation and develop design solutions. The work will be shown at a final review with partners and will be included in a final report. That report will also include papers presented on the trip and the drawing exercises.

This summer course is counting towards the praxis design studio requirement in the Rutgers BSLA and MLA program.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in area hostels and in the City Rooms apartments in Berlin.  Meals are not included in the cost of the program, but students will be advised on where to purchase cheap, good meals throughout the course of the program.

Financial Information
Program costs for 2018 will be updated by the end of the fall semester.

For information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid, please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.