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Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 04/01/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/31/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
German
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language for fall (or equiv); 5 for spring (or equiv) highly recommended
Program Type: Columbia Administered Program
Program Advisor:
Meg Booth: mr2850@columbia.edu
Eligibility - Home School: Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS, Visiting Students - Undergraduate Application Notes: BCGS member students should check with their home schools about internal deadlines and procedures, Full year applicants are given priority
Discipline: Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Program Description:

Become fully immersed while studying on a high level language program in Germany’s culturally rich capital city.

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies invites you to spend an academic-year or spring semester living in the EU’s economic and political powerhouse.  The program's intensive language training prepares you to study independently in the German university system and gives you the confidence to engage with your German peers and professors.  As Berlin now boasts a vibrant arts scene and has become a leader in environmentalism and new technologies, this is a unique opportunity to fully explore contemporary German life and culture.  While abroad, you may even decide to become a volunteer and contribute to the German “welcome culture” helping refugees integrate in German society.

 
 

Program Structure and costs

The academic year program runs from September to July, while the spring semester program runs February to July. There is no fall semester option.  This is a high level German language program that begins by students enrolling in a 6 week German Discourse and Culture (GDC) course taught at the BCGS.  During the first month of the program, students will live with a host family.  After completing the GDC course, students directly enroll in German university courses in a broad range of subject areas.  Throughout the entire program, students will explore the rich historical and cultural resources of Berlin and other German cities.   For academic year students, there are opportunities to intern with local companies and organizations during the semester.  Students are encouraged to pursue a full immersion program. However, there is now a partial immersion option available for the Academic Year students only.  For details of the two options, see below.

Full Immersion:

  • Required by all spring semester students
  • Students will take all classes in German
  • After completing the German Discourse and Culture course at the BCGS, students will enroll in German courses at the FU in various disciplines
  • Students will also have the option of enrolling in the BCGS course taught in German to only BCGS students
  • Academic year students are encouraged to take part in full immersion in the fall, but required to take part in full immersion in the spring
Partial Immersion:
  • This option is only available for Academic Year students during the fall semester
  • Upon completion of the language exam during the application process, students who place at a lower language proficiency will be recommended to enroll into this option
  • Students will take the German Discourse and Culture course at the BCGS and then will enroll in English speaking and/or German speaking courses at the FU
  • Students will take part in full immersion at the FU during the spring semester

The Consortium

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) was founded in 1995 by a group of U.S. universities to help students improve their German and to give students the opportunity to enroll in a broad range of German university courses with the support of a structured program. Members of the consortium are:

  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University and Barnard College
  • Cornell University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • In association with the University of Notre Dame and Vassar College

The BCGS welcomes qualified students from other institutions to apply.

The BCGS

Welcome from the Resident Director

Dear Student:

Welcome to the Berlin Consortium for German Studies. You have chosen one of the best schools in the U.S., receiving not only an excellent education but also taking advantage of extracurricular activities and enjoying the personal and academic exchange with congenial fellow students. Why should you leave that inspiring and comfortable American home campus for a semester or even a full academic year?

Let me tell you why. One of the leading universities in Germany, in one of the most exciting and vibrant places, a true cultural hotspot at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe, is waiting for you in order to give you the opportunity of enriching your undergraduate career through the experience of studying abroad.

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin is a once in a lifetime chance to fully immerse yourself in another culture and academic world, and to see life through an entirely different lens. Enroll directly in a German university, live with German hosts for the first month and then move in with other German students or young professionals. You can even consider an internship. Just dive into a life that you would otherwise never have had the opportunity to experience.

No doubt, cultural transitions may also include stressful moments, but you are not alone, there is an extremely well-functioning support system you can always fall back on. The BCGS directors, language instructors, program assistant, and tutors will guide you through the ups and downs of becoming a bi- or even multilingual undergrad with first-rate academic and professional opportunities.

See you in Berlin!

Carmen Müller, Resident Director

Dates

Applications due: March 15 (Academic Year program), October 15 (Spring program)
Program Start Date: March 4 (Students required to check in at orientation on this day)
Program End Date: July 28 (Final exams due)

Costs

Program Fee:
Program Fee*               $1150
Withdrawal Fee**           $75

* Estimated. Fee varies each term based on exchange rate and cost of living in Berlin. This fee covers mandatory German insurance, orientation and living with a host family for one month. Students participating in the yearlong program only pay the fee their first semester.
** Required of any student who withdraws from the program once registered.

The Program Fee covers the following program components:

  • Instructional costs

  • All BCGS course-required activities (i.e. museum entrance fees, transportation during the program, tickets for performances, etc.)

  • A transit pass for local transportation once enrolled at the FUTuition:

Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustees approval and may change.

Tuition: Fall 2016 or Spring 2017

  • BCGS member students pay tuition and fees to their home institutions. Financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, may be applied to study overseas.

  • Visiting students pay tuition to Columbia University. Visiting students should consult with their home institutions to see whether their financial aid is transferable to the BCGS program.

    • BCGS member students               Home-school tuition rate

    • Visiting students                            $17,400

Transcript fee for students receiving a Columbia transcript*        $105
* One time fee for Visiting Students only     

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Program Duration:  $1450
Please note that out-of-pocket expenses below are estimates and will vary considerably by student:

  • Airline ticket to/from Berlin: $1100MONTHLY EXPENSES:

  • Housing:  $550

  • Meals: $350

  • Phone/Personal/Miscellaneous: $550

Financial aid and scholarships 

If you are on financial aid, check to see if it can be applied to your study abroad. In general summer financial aid is not available to Columbia College students, but may be available to School of General Studies students. 

Scholarships
DAAD
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Other resources
studyabroadfunding.org
finaid.org
iefa.org 

Applying

Eligibility

  • Must be a currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in good academics and disciplinary standing;

  • Must have completed at least two years of college-level German or the equivalent. It is highly recommended that students applying for the spring semester have at least one additional course beyond the required two years.

  • Minimum 3.0 average language GPA

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

How to apply

Want to apply? Click the “Apply Now” button to the right. You will be asked to set up a short profile, which will allow us to send you relevant information about your application. Once you’ve created a profile, you will see a checklist of items that you will need to submit. These generally include:

  • Application questionnaire(s)

  • Letter(s) of recommendation – language and academic

  • Official transcript(s)

  • German writing sample

  • German Language test

  • Study abroad approval form/Clearance form

  • Application fee (if applicable)

Academics

 

During their first semester (fall or spring) students enroll in the following for a minimum of 18 points:

German Discourse and Culture, 6 points
Taken during the orientation period prior to the start of the German semester, this mandatory six-week course combines extensive language study with an introduction to the discourse of German academic culture, both spoken and written, in preparation for successful study in the German university system. Special attention is paid to practical vocabulary for both academic and daily living applications. Satisfactory completion is required as a condition of enrollment in courses at the FU.
 
Selected topics in German studies, 4 points
The Academic Director determines the topic of this course every year, based on his or her own academic interests and background. The course takes advantage of Berlin and its resources to inform the coursework. Past topics have covered history, art history, literature, theater, and cinema. During the spring term, a course on German-American relations is offered by the Resident Administrative Director.
 
Supervised study in the German university system, minimum of 8 points
Direct enrollment into at least two courses in the German university system. Based on the results of a placement exam taken at the end of the practicum, BCGS staff assist students in finding appropriate courses for their language level and academic interests.
 
For a second semester in Berlin, students continuing from the fall enroll in the following:

Four courses for a total of 16 points, minimum of 3 Supervised study in the German university system courses (4 points each)
 
**Please note that your course schedule is subject to the approval of the BCGS Academic Director. The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.


Courses:
2017-18


German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)  

  • German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  • German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  • German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III
Fall semester 2017:
  • Berlin in Film: A Survey of a City

Spring semester 2018:

  • Queer German Cinema
  • German Studies I3600: U.S. Perceptions of Germany and the Germans from Bismarck to Hitler 

2016-2017

German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)  
  • German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  • German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  • German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III
Fall semester 2016:
  • The Berlin Wall Divided Stories in Literature and Film
Spring semester 2017:
  • What is Enlightenment?
  • German Studies I3600: U.S. Perceptions of Germany and the Germans from Bismarck to Hitler 

2015-2016
German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)

  •     German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  •     German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  •     German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III
Fall 2015 Semester Courses (required of all incoming students)
  • BCGS: German Studies I3993: Too Much to See? Literary Culture and the New Vision in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933
  • German Studies I3991: Studies in the German university system
Spring 2016 Semester Courses (German l3600 or l3994 required of all incoming spring students)
  • German Studies I3600: U.S. Perceptions of Germany and the Germans from Bismarck to Hitler
  • BCGS: German Studies I3994: Berlin Stories: History, Storytelling, and Urban Life
  • German Studies I3992: Studies in the German university system

Freie Universität Subject Areas
FU Course Catalog
 
The Freie Universität Berlin offers courses in the following subject areas:
 
Anthropology and Archaeology of the Americas                           Indian Art History
Ancient Near Eastern Studies                                                            Indian Languages and Literature
Social Anthropology                                                                            Iranian Studies
Arabic Studies                                                                                      Islamic Studies
Archaeology                                                                                         Japanese Studies
Art History                                                                                             Jewish Studies
Biochemistry                                                                                         Latin
Biology                                                                                                   Latin American Languages and Literature
Byzantine Studies                                                                                 Law
Chemistry                                                                                              Mathematics
Chinese Studies                                                                                    Media and Communication Studies
Comparative Religions                                                                        Meteorology
Computer Science                                                                               Mineralogy
Dentistry                                                                                                Musicology
Dutch Language and Literature                                                         North American Studies
Eastern European Studies                                                                  Pharmacy
Economics                                                                                             Philosophy
Educational Science                                                                            Physics
Egyptology                                                                                             Political Science
English Language and Literature                                                       Primary School Education
French Studies                                                                                     Psychology
General and Comparative Literature                                               Romance Languages and Literature
Geography                                                                                            Semitic Studies
Geology-Paleontology                                                                         Slavic Languages and Literature
Geophysics                                                                                            Sociology
German Language and Literature                                                     Theater Studies
Greek                                                                                                     Theology
Historical and Comp. Indo-European Linguistics                            Turkic Studies
History 

 

STEM Courses at the FU:
Each semester, a number of BCGS students in high academic standing and with an advanced level of German successfully enroll in STEM courses at the FU.  In order to best prepare to enroll in STEM courses, students are encouraged to plan their courses in advance.  There are no BCGS subject tutors, but FU group tutorials will accompany STEM lectures to help students pass exams.  In addition, the BCGS writing consultants will help students in dealing with the technical vocabulary.

Below is a list of Departments and courses students have enrolled in and successfully completed from 2012-2016. 

Departments:
Chemistry
Computer Applications
Earth Sciences
Economics
Economics & Management
Mathematics
Operations Research & Financial Engineering
Psychology
 
Course Titles:
Artificial Intelligence
Behavioral Public Economics
Biological Psychology II
Code Semantic
Complex Analysis
Computer Architecture
Developmental Psychology
Distributed Systems
Elec. Data Processing I
Environmental Economics
Game Theory
Government Economic Policy
Health Psychology
Introduction to Labor Market Theory
Investment & Finance
Markets/Competition/Consumers
Organic Chemistry Empiric Spectroscopy
Organic Chemistry I
Paleontology & Earth History
Practice of Clinical Psychology
Probability II
Research in Clinical Psychology
Social Psychology
Socialization & Learning
Stress and Health
 
 

Academic Schedule

Fall 2016:
Last day to arrive in Berlin                                 September 3
Required orientation                                          September 3 to September 5
Guest stay begins                                                 September 4
Language placement test                                   September 6
German Discourse and Culture begins            September 7
Guest stay ends                                                    September 30
German Discourse and Culture ends               October 14
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes begin            October 17
Final selection of classes                                    November 14
Holiday (no classes)                                             December 19 to January 2, 2017
Classes resume                                                     January 3, 2017
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes end               February 18, 2017
Final papers and coursework due                    March 2, 2017
 
Spring 2017:
Last day to arrive in Berlin                                 March 4
Required orientation                                          March 4 to 6
Guest stay begins                                                 March 5
Language placement test                                   March 7
German Discourse and Culture begins            March 8
Guest stay ends                                                   March 31
German Discourse and Culture ends               April 13
Holiday (no classes)                                             April 14 to 17
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes begin            April 18
Holiday (no classes)                                             May 1
Final selection of classes                                    May 9
Holiday (no classes)                                             May 25
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes end               July 22
Final papers and coursework due                    July 28

Grades

IMPORTANT: Many times grades are not received from your FU professor(s) until late April if you studied in Berlin for the fall semester and late October for the spring semester. If you are a Columbia/Barnard, Princeton or Visiting Student, your grades are entered as received and you are automatically notified at your Columbia email address. For consortium member schools, once we have received all of your grades, a grade report will be forwarded to your home school and they will enter the grades on your home school transcript. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you need to have grades posted earlier, please talk to your university professors about submitting grades to the BCGS office as early as possible.

The BCGS does not issue transcripts. BCGS will provide the Office of Global Programs with course registrations and grade reports for each student. The Office of Global Programs will forward that information as described below.

  • Students attending the BCGS from Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame and Vassar College, remain registered at and receive academic credit from your home school for work completed successfully, based on course information and grade reports supplied to those universities by the Office of Global Programs.
  • Students attending the BCGS from Columbia, Barnard, Princeton and Visiting Students will have their grades added directly to their Columbia or Barnard record. Princeton and Visiting students will receive a Columbia transcript for their work.
  • Princeton and Visiting Students: YOU MUST REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT YOURSELF FROM THE COLUMBIA REGISTRAR. Once your grades are posted, you will receive a notification at your Columbia email address. You can then request a transcript by following instructions in the General Handbook.There are no fees for additional transcripts.

Life in Berlin

Housing

 

Orientation
Upon arrival in Berlin, BCGS students stay together in a youth hostel for orientation weekend.
 
Guest Stay
During the first month of the program, students live with German hosts. The guest stay is an invaluable opportunity for students, providing a window into the daily rhythms and customs of Berliners.
 
Shared Apartments or Dorms
After the homestay, students move into FU-arranged dorms or they will have independently found an apartment share for the rest of their stay in Berlin. While apartment hunting can be challenging, most BCGS students choose to find their own shares because doing so provides another opportunity to improve their language skills, benefit from cultural exchange with their German roommates, and explore a different neighborhood.
 
Since the city's reunification in 1990, Berlin has been characterized by change and invention. The dichotomy between old and new found throughout the city provides a constant reminder of Berlin's complex history. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Berlin emerged as the cultural and economic capital city of Germany, alive with a sense of transformation and progress. A vibrant nightlife, exciting art scene, and myriad cultural venues contribute to Berlin's status as one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centers.
 
For students, Berlin offers countless opportunities to absorb the lessons of the city and its inhabitants. Visits to museums, galleries, cultural and political institutions, and historic sites and landmarks all contribute to providing a deeper understanding of Germany's past and its current role in the European Union and global affairs.

 

Meals

No meals are included and there is no meal plan.  However, there are several cafés, cafeterias, and two major dining halls, one of which is exclusively vegetarian at the FU. In addition, there are a few private restaurants and cafés around campus.
 

Activities

Internships
Students who are motivated to apply their German in a professional setting and gain experience in a particular field can apply for an internship. The BCGS staff provides assistance in finding internships, but students must be proactive in pursuing and securing placement with their chosen organization. Past internships have included:

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) (foreign policy think tank)
  • Rotes Kreuz (Red Cross, accounting division)
  • Deutscher Bundestag (German parliament)
  • Mayor's office (Division for Protocol and International Affairs)
  • Plan B Communication (public relations and marketing firm)
  • Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung (Berlin government office for urban planning)
  • Komische Oper (Opera House)Benjamin Franklin Krankenhaus (FU hospital)
Trips & Excursions
The program organizes a series of excursions and cultural activities in and around Berlin, which is integrated into the academic program. These trips are intended to provide an insider's look into Berlin and Germany, and they often provide access to people and places students might not otherwise have.
 
Cultural Programs and Field Trips
During the first six weeks of the program, a trip is organized on a weekly basis. Examples of past activities include:
  • Guided tours through Berlin districts such as Kreuzberg, Mitte, and Prenzlauer Berg and museums such as Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie, Gemäldegalerie, Deutsches Historisches Museum, and Jüdisches Museum
  • Performances at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at theatres and off-theatres such as Berliner Ensemble, Volksbühne Berlin, and Heimathafen Neukölln
  • Visits at Berlin and federal institutions such as Bundeskanzleramt and Deutscher Bundestag, including a political discussion with a politician or administrative representative, attendance at a plenary session, and a tour of the dome
  • Day trips to Dessau (Bauhaus), Potsdam (castles such as Sanssouci and Cecilienhof), and Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Study Trips
Each semester, students participate in three- or four-day study trips. Past destinations have included Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and Weimar. During these trips, students participate in guided visits to places of historical or cultural interest, listen to program-exclusive lectures, and usually have an afternoon free to explore on their own.
 

Daily Living and Schedule

The German University system is very different from the US University system.  Students can expect for their classes to meet just once a week for 1.5 hours at a time.  During the first 6 weeks of the program, the GDC course meets 4 days a week from 9 am until 1:15 pm.  In general, Wednesdays are reserved for cultural excursions.  In the fall semester, there are usually two levels of German since there are fewer students and in the spring semester, three levels are usually offered.

Berlin

Berlin is the capital city and the largest city in Germany.  In recent years the city has become known for its art scene and entrepreneurial environment.  Berlin is home to world renowned Universities, museums, orchestras, and entertainment venues.   This city rich in history and historical monuments will provide endless cultural outlets for city dwellers and visitors alike.

Host Institution

Freie Universitat

Berlin's largest university, the Freie Universität Berlin was established in 1948 under its founding motto, "Truth, Justice, Freedom." Some 33,000 students including more than 6,000 international students make up its student body. This traditional university offers over 150 different programs of study
 
Primarily located in Dahlem, the campus includes offices and classrooms housed in villas, some large lecture halls, parks, and wooded areas. In addition to many research institutes, the FU Berlin also has a large library system, computer facilities, a center for recreational sports, and a wide array of student organizations. Like most European universities, it is not a residential university, and its student body commutes to the campus from all over greater Berlin.
 
The FU Berlin has cultivated over 105 university-level international partnerships plus a variety of cooperative agreements at the departmental and institute levels and its faculty regularly participate in overseas conferences and teaching and research visits.
 
The BCGS facility is located on the main FU campus in Dahlem and functions as a home base for program participants. The building houses administrative offices for the BCGS staff; a small library of books, magazines, and newspapers; classroom space where students convene for the Selected Topics courses; and limited computer facilities where students may check e-mail and W-LAN access for their own laptops.
 
For an introduction to the FU in English, as well as links to topics like "Studies and Teaching" and "Academia and Practice", please click on the following link: www.fuberlin.de/en/universitaet/profil/index.html

People

Faculty & Staff
BCGS Visiting Professor:

On a rotating basis each academic year, the BCGS member institutions send a faculty member to Berlin as the BCGS Visiting Professor to oversee the academic program and teach courses on selected topics in German Studies.
 
The BCGS Visiting Professor for 2016-2017 is Andrea Krauss (Johns Hopkins University). Professor Krauss received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin in 2001 and her venia legendi (habilitation) from the University of Zurich in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, she taught German literature at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Erfurt, and the University of Zurich. Professor Krauss's research and teaching focus on the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics. In addition, she has been working extensively on literary theory and methodology.

Her books include Zerbrechende Tradierung. Zu Kontexten des Schauspiels "IchundIch" von Else Lasker-Schüler (Passagen 2002) and Lenz unter anderem. Aspekte einer Theorie der Konstellation (diaphanes 2011). She edited the special issue Constellations of the MLN (2011) and has published numerous articles on literature of the 18th and 20th centuries (e.g., on Lessing, Lenz, Goethe, Eichendorff, Nelly Sachs, Celan, and Sebald). Her current book project explores the relation between literature and hermeneutics around 1800.
 
The BCGS Visiting Professor for 2015-16 was Patrizia McBride (Cornell University). Professor McBride’s teaching and research lie primarily in twentieth-century German literature and culture and aesthetic theory since the eighteenth century. Her interests include the relationship between literature, philosophy, and political theory, modernism and avant-garde studies, visual culture, and Austrian literature and culture, especially turn-of-the-century Vienna. She has completed a book on Robert Musil's contribution to modern ethics and aesthetics in which she recovers his debt to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and is the author of articles on Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Schwitters, Walther Rathenau, Hermann Broch, Adolf Loos, Jörg Haider, and J.M.R. Lenz. Her current book project focuses on the impact of montage practices on the visual and literary media of Weimar Germany.
 
The BCGS Visiting Professor for 2014-15 was Mark Anderson (Columbia University). The author of several books on Kafka (Kafka's Clothes, Reading Kafka), and the editor and translator of contemporary Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Prof. Anderson specializes in German modernism, contemporary Austrian literature and the theory and practice of translation. In addition, he regularly offers courses on modern German-Jewish culture from 1750 to the present, on opera and the idea of music in German culture, and on German exile during the Nazi period. In comparative literature he has taught courses on "Problems of the Gothic," "The Materiality of the Book in Western Culture," and "Jewish Identity in Modern European Culture." Professor Anderson is the founder and first director of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies.
 
Previous BCGS Visiting Professors have included: 

2013-2014: Marc Domingo Gygax, Princeton University
2012-2013: Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago
2011-12: Simon Richter, University of Pennsylvania
2010-11: Arthur Groos, Cornell University
2009-10: Katrin Pahl, The Johns Hopkins University
2008-09: Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania
2007-08: Volker Berghahn, Columbia University
2006-07: Tom Leisten, Princeton University
2005-06: David Levin, University of Chicago
 
Director of the Language Program:
 
Detlef Otto studied Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Social Sciences in Darmstadt and at the Freie Universität Berlin; he holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy. He has taught German as a Foreign Language since 1988. After having worked as a lecturer of the DAAD at the Università degli studi di Bologna / Italy from 1994-97, he went through an intensive training course at the Goethe Institut Berlin for language instructors. Since 1999, he is teaching intensive courses at the Goethe Institute. Since 2003, he has also worked in the field of teacher training.  In the fall 1999, he started his work as Language Director for the BCGS. 
 
Writing Consultants:
The BCGS has several writing consultants who will be available to assist the students during the German Discourse and Culture course and throughout the regular university semester until the BCGS's final deadline for turning in all assignments. The consultants support the students in their academic work, especially in the preparation of oral presentations and written assignments.
 

Columbia in Berlin Staff

Resident Director:
Program operations are managed by the Resident Director who conducts orientation, organizes program activities, and is available to assist students with academic and cultural adjustments. 

Carmen Müller has been the Resident Director since the program's inception. A native of the Southwest of Germany, she moved to Berlin in 1988 and experienced the fall of the wall and its aftermath first-hand. Dr. Müller received her Doctor of Philosophy from the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin and is a historian specializing in 19th- and 20th- century European and German history, German-American relations, and methodology. Dr. Müller also teaches a course during the spring semester and loves the vibrant life of Berlin.
 
Assistant Administrative Director: Nikolaj Blocksdorf

Berlin Consortium for German Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Ehrenbergstraße 26/28
14195 Berlin
GERMANY
011-49-30-838-52260
Fax: 011-49-30-838-453667
bcgs@fu-berlin.de

Main contacts in New York

New York Office
Office of Global Programs
606 Kent Hall
Columbia University
1140 Amsterdam, Mail Code 3948
New York, NY 10027
212-854-2559
Fax: 212-854-5164
ogp@columbia.edu
 
In the event of an emergency after office hours, please contact Columbia University Emergency at 212-854-5555 or Columbia University Security at 212-854-2796.
 
If you are unsure about which office to call, contact the New York office first. 

Berlin Consortium Contact Information

Barnard College                             
Associate Dean Study Abroad           Wendy Garay                        wgaray@barnard.edu
Language Director                               Irene Motyl                           imotyl@barnard.edu
                                 
Columbia University                    
Faculty Rep                                           Mark Anderson                    mma2@columbia.edu
Language Director                               Jutta Schmiers-Heller          js2331@columbia.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Meg Booth                            mr2850@columbia.edu
                                 
Cornell University                            
Faculty Rep                                           Patrizia McBride                   pcm29@cornell.edu
Language Director                               Gunhild Lischke                    gl15@cornell.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Kristen Grace                        kag7@cornell.edu
                                 
Johns Hopkins University                             
Faculty Rep                                           Rochelle Tobias                   rtobias@jhu.edu
Language Director                               Deborah McGee Mifflin      mifflind@jhu.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Lori Citti                                 lcitti1@jhu.edu
                                 
Princeton University                       
Faculty Rep                                           Nikolaus Wegmann              nwegmann@princeton.edu
Language Director                               Jamie Rankin                         jrankin@princeton.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Gisella Gisolo                        ggisolo@princeton.edu
                                 
University of Chicago                     
Faculty Rep                                           David Levin                           dlevin@uchicago.edu
Language Director                               Catherine Baumann             ccbauman@uchicago.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Lewis Fortner                       fortner@uchicago.edu
                                 
University of Pennsylvania                          
Faculty Rep                                           Catriona MacLeod               cmacleod@sas.upenn.edu
Language Director                               Christina Frei                        cefrei@sas.upenn.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Joshua Pontrelli                    jpont@upenn.edu
                                                                
Vassar College                   
Faculty Rep                                           Silke von der Emde              vonderemde@vassar.edu
Faculty Rep                                           Jeffrey Schneider                jeschneider@vassar.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         Tracey Holland                     trholland@vassar.edu
                                 
University of Notre Dame                            
Faculty Rep                                           Hannelore Weber               hweber2@nd.edu
Language Director                               Denise DellaRosa                 dellarossa.1@nd.edu
Study Abroad Advisor                         David Younger (OIS)           dyounger@nd.edu

Questions

For questions related to:
  • The program: Meg Booth – mr2850@columbia.edu
  • Courses and academic content: Jutta Schmiers-Heller – js2331@columbia.edu
  • The online application: Megan Friar – mf3031@columbia.edu
  • Registration and billing: Maryann Borgognone – mb2896@columbia.edu
  • Student feedback on the program: Miranda Arakelian – mhm2165@columbia.edu