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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 2019 03/01/2019 ** 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:
Minimum 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:
Program Description:

Program dates and prices will be updated in Fall Semester 2017
The Program
  • Explore Berlin’s green spaces and post-industrial sites of the Ruhr Valley through the lens of fourth nature/ urban ecology.
  • Lectures from Technical University of Berlin professors about fourth nature.
  • Students from the United States and Germany will work together on a weeklong design project at the Technical University of Berlin.
Your Host Cities: Berlin, Hamburg, Essen
Over the course of five weeks in various cities and towns in Germany, students will document the physical environment in their essays and journals, exploring issues of scale, cultural meaning (historical, political and social contexts), urban form, and the role of novel ecology (also called fourth nature) in these urban and post-industrial environments. 

The program begins in Berlin where history and urban design are fused with controversies related to national identity.  Berlin is also the home of what local ecologist Herbert Sukkop calls fourth nature, a nature shaped by intensive human land use that changed wastelands into urban nature parks. Vacant lots and abandoned areas, some destroyed by war, became ecological study sites that formed the basis of a new nature model. Dr. Norbert Kühn will lecture on this topic at several new parks that incorporate spontaneous vegetation.  A weeklong design charette with students from the Technical University of Berlin caps our 3-week stay in Berlin.  

We take a train to Hamburg where we discover new waterfront developments in Germany’s Venice of the North. From there, we travel to Essen in the Ruhr region, a formerly agricultural region later completely transformed by the coal and steel industries. Within this region, Landschaftspark, located in Duisburg-Meiderich, will be the focus of several days of study.  Designed in 1991 by Latz + Partner (Peter Latz), with the premise that the land has an innate ability to heal, and that through this process we can better understand our industrial past. We will also explore the reclamation of the Emscher River.  Emschergenossenschaft, the public/private partnership responsible for the river’s rehabilitation, will serve as our host for this part of the trip. 

   Faculty Director Profiles: 

Frank Gallagher

Trained as an urban ecologist, Frank’s current research interest in urban ecological restoration has focused on the sublethal impact of soil metal contamination at both the species and assemblage level.

Holly Nelson
As a practicing landscape architect, Holly brings a people-oriented approach to understanding design.

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. See Germany through the eyes of a landscape architect and an urban ecologist in terms of plant material and built form. On-site lectures are organized along four main themes: contemporary landscape architecture, urban design/planning, fourth nature/ urban ecology, and German history and culture. A case study approach focuses students on a particular topic. Standard allometric measurement of several tree species will be taken for comparison to analogous sites in New Jersey. In preparation for the trip, each student researches a specific location and presents his/her findings on-site. Students will further develop their understanding of place during the site visit to explain the site’s spatial and experiential organization using sections, diagrams, sketches, and other visual tools.

Please 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 a lunch break). Don’t forget good walking shoes and rain gear.

A core element of the program is the 5-day intensive design workshop. In collaboration with local partners at the University of Berlin, students will analyze an urban site and develop design solutions. The work will be shown at a final review at the University and included in our final class report. That report will also include papers presented on the trip.

Each student keeps a design journal to record on-site understandings of parks and urban design.  Journals shall include lecture notes, important plans, sections, diagrams, and site photographs.  Field assignments may demand a particular focus (i.e. create a series of riverwalk sections to compare the water’s edge in Berlin as compared to Hamburg).

This summer course counts towards the praxis design studio requirement in the Rutgers BSLA, MLA, and EPD programs.

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.