Metropolis Berlin

Engage with one of Europe’s most important cities

The Metropolis Berlin Group Study Program offers participants a unique opportunity to engage in the study of German language and its dynamic culture – all in one of Europe’s most vibrant, safe and affordable capitals. Side trips to Weimar, Leipzig, and Potsdam will provide exposure to each city’s place in the overall fabric of German society. In addition to developing and documenting proficiency in the German language, the program will draw on Berlin’s richly international atmosphere and will allow students to gain facility in translating their knowledge and perspectives across cultural and linguistic barriers. Organized meetings with academic and non-academic groups (including joint seminar sessions with German students) will provide the opportunity for intercultural exchange and lasting connections.


Students will learn and develop their German language skills through interactions in real-world settings. They will explore Berlin’s history and global influence through multiple museum visits, walking tours, film viewings, seminars, and everyday observations of German life. Understanding how a city works requires knowledge of its history and culture, since both past decisions and current cultures shape present-day urban challenges and inform political and technological solutions to urban problems. Berlin’s complex history and iconic cultural status make it an excellent vantage point from which to study the German language and the present-day culture of one Europe’s most important cities. The interlinked courses will suggest that understanding what made Berlin such a livable and politically stable metropolis provides invaluable insight for the future of intercultural communication, urban sustainability, community, and the built environment. Students will come away with an understanding of the role that cities like Berlin will play in the maintenance of democracy and the production of urban innovations for a sustainable future. 

Key information


Berlin, Germany


English and German (German knowledge is beneficial, but not required)


Spring 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


Application deadline


Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Student experience

image looking onto Alexanderplatz

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Annette Timm at or Dr. Mary O'Brien at 

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

Info session Fall 2020

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in two courses.


    Students must take:

    GERM 202: German I (3 units)


    GERM 551.37: Language in Berlin (3 units)



    HTST 410: Great Cities of the World: Berlin (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites


    GERM 202: Antirequisites: GERM 213, 205 or German 10, 20 or 30


    GERM 551.37: Consent of the department


    HTST 410: Consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure

    March 10, Calgary: Group Dinner

    May 3 - 6, Calgary: Pre-Session academic sessions

    TBD, Calgary: Pre-departure orientation from your GSP Advisor

  2. In-field

    May 7, Calgary: Depart Calgary for Berlin

    May 8 - 10, Berlin: Program activities

    May 11, Leipzig: Day trip to Leipzig

    May 12, Dresden: Day trip to Dresden

    May 13 - 17, Berlin: Program activities

    May 18, Potsdam: Day trip to Potsdam

    May 19 - 23, Berlin: Program activities

    May 24, Berlin: Depart for Calgary or independent travel

    For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here

  3. Post-field

    Assignment due dates to be determined.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Metropolis Berlin Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $5,672.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    SLLLC Scholarships and Student Awards: There are various funding opportunities available for students taking courses in German. For more information, please click here

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Students will be staying in apartments at the OTA Berlin for the majority of the program. When staying overnight in other cities, students will stay in student appropriate accommodations. 

For more information on accommodations, please contact Dr. Annette Timm at or Dr. Mary O'Brien at 

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application and unofficial transcript have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

  3. Interview with an Instructor

    After your complete application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by one of the program instructors to schedule an interview. Please watch your UCalgary email account and expect to be contacted within several business days of submitting all your documents to the Group Study Team.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.

David Bowie


Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.