Program Details

Travel through Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands as you learn about German politics and gain fascinating insights into the European Union.
Location:
Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

As you travel throughout Germany and across national borders, you will spend time in Frankfurt, Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. Your Experiment begins with a group orientation in Frankfurt, one of the world’s global hubs for commerce, culture, education, and more.

Continue to Munich, the largest city in Bavaria, where you’ll meet your local host family and share in their daily life during your homestay. Much of what you think of as “typically German” comes from Bavaria. Attend school with German students to experience local high school culture and spend a fun-filled day with your group completing a treasure hunt in the city.

Travel to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, where you will begin German language classes and see the awe-inspiring Kölner Dom. Visit the Haus der Geschichte, the museum of contemporary history, to learn about Germany’s history, political system, and role in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe. Then, journey to Brussels, Belgium, the seat of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning European Union (E.U.), where you will visit the European Commission, and explore the E.U.’s institutional structure.

Cross the border into the Netherlands for a trip to the historic city of Maastricht, where the Treaty on European Union was signed. Finally, travel to Berlin, Germany’s capital and bustling cultural center, where you will enjoy a city tour and take a guided visit through Sachsenhausen, a World War II concentration camp. You will attend a lecture on the structure of the E.U., including competencies, tasks, stakeholders and a seminar on European asylum politics before visiting the Bundestag (Germany’s parliament) to learn about the current refugee situation on the continent.

Setting Description:
As you travel from north to south, and across national borders, you spend time in Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. The program begins with a six-day stay in Berlin that includes German language instruction, a visit to a German NGO, and a meeting with a member of the German Bundestag. You continue on to Bavaria, where you get to share daily life with a German family during a homestay in Niederalteich and attend school with German students. Spend a day exploring the city of Munich with your group. Continue on to Brussels, where you visit the European Parliament and other EU councils and gain important insight into how the EU works. Participate in a youth-rights workshop in Bonn and discuss youth issues in Germany and around the world with “Youth for Europe” members. Excursion highlights include a daylong visit to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, a boat ride on the river Rhine, and visits to Deutsche Welle TV and Haus der Geschichte.
Cost:
$6780

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships between $250-$2,200

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 5 Reviews

  • Month in Germany
    5.0
    10/02/17

    Over this past summer, I was lucky enough to get to spend a month in Germany. Somehow our group ended up having two vegans, two vegetarians, and two pescatarians, including two of the leaders (one vegan and one vegetarian). Almost everywhere we went was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible Experience
    5.0
    09/06/17

    My summer in Germany was unforgettable. Every day, I was challenged, whether it be through the culture shock, group discussions, or host family activities. However, it was through each challenge that I learned new things about myself and the world around

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experiment in Internation Living: Germany
    5.0
    09/02/17

    Through this program, I have grown into a more passionate and aware leader. In this program, I met many new people in my group who have similar and different mentalities. Through this variety of personalities and opinions, I was able to gain more perspectives

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Experience with the Experiment: Germany edition
    5.0
    09/02/17
    All in all, I wouldn't change a thing. The trip changed me for the better and gave much needed insight on the world. Thank you for such a wonderful and rare opportunity.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Best Experience Ever!!
    5.0
    08/31/17

    Throughout the month I was in Germany, I learned so much and gained insight I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. The Experiment provided a perfect balance of education, volunteer service projects and free time in which we could split up and explore the cities

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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