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Summer: Rutgers- Berlin: Theater and Contemporary Innovation
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/15/2017
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.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Christopher Cartmill
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
Berlin Theatre Banner
The Program
  • Study the influence of German theater and innovation on global drama in the heart of Europe on a three-week, three-credit program taught by Rutgers faculty
  • See plays and performances and participate in workshops with faculty and theater professionals to examine the theatrical profession in Berlin
  • Explore three distinct eras of German theater using the city of Berlin itself as your classroom
Your Host City: Berlin
Once divided, Berlin is once again the center of German politics, arts, and cultural life and the gateway to Eastern Europe. It is an East-West metropolis with something for everyone.  Traverse the streets of Berlin and you will find the monumental Brandenburg Gate, the shops and bustling commerce on the Ku'damm and the hip Hackesche Hoefe district.  In the Tiergarten the "House of World Cultures" presents a wealth of events and exhibitions featuring cultures from outside Europe.

Contemporary Berlin is the hyper-current mecca of contemporary Western arts and culture.  Creative and international, this city is where our 21st century future is being rehearsed.  This program is a unique and immersive exploration of one of the world’s important centers for the performing arts.  This is a three-credit, three-week program taught on-site by faculty from the Rutgers Theater Department. You will learn about the rich history of German theater and its influence on global drama.  We will look at three important periods of significant theatrical flowering — the late-eighteenth century and early-nineteenth century Romantic era of Goethe and Schiller; the pre-World War II years of Toller, Brecht, Reinhardt and Weill and current art and performance scene that is at the center of 21st century inventiveness.  Through our study of the history, literature, theaters and museums of Berlin, we will explore the influence of this important cultural metropolis.  Attendance at performances, with faculty and theater professionals, will introduce German drama and aspects of the theatrical profession in Berlin to the students. The city (its theatres, museums and cafés) will be our classroom.

To view the program’s 2015 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

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

Program Dates
Summer 2016
Arrival: May 27th
Departure: June 18th
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be staying in four-person rooms at a local three-star hotel. Rooms each have private bathrooms and internet access. Laundry facilities are available on-site.  Some meals will be provided, such as a welcome reception and various lunches and dinners. Students will be responsible for all other meals.

Financial Information
Program Cost: Summer 2016
  NJ Residents Non-NJ Residents
Undergraduate $3,721 $3,985
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Travel to/from Germany •All Personal Expenses
Major Medical Insurance Most meals
Rutgers Summer Session Fee  

For more information about the additional non-billable expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission 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.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.