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. Through exposure to German and European innovations in the face of urban challenges, the program will stimulate out-of-the-box thinking about the future of Canadian cities. 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)


Summer 2020

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status



Application deadline

Deadline to apply for Summer 2020, February 14, 2020

Limited spaces available -- apply now!

Eligibility requirements

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

Info sessions

October 9, noon 1pm, SS 623

October 10, 3:30  4:30pm, CHD 420 

November 4, 3:30  4:40pm, SS 729

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:

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 three courses.


    Students must take:

    GERM 561: New Research Directions in German Studies (3 units)

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


    And then choose one of:

    GERM 202: German I (3 units)

    GERM 317: Topics in German Culture (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

    GERM 202: none
    *note: students who have already completed GERM 202, or German 30 or equivalent, will not be able to take this 200-level course

    GERM 317: Consent of the instructor

    GERM 561: GERM 202 or German 30

    HTST 410: Consent of the instructor

  1. Pre-departure

    March 10, Calgary: Group Dinner

    June 29, Calgary: Pre-Session day 1

    June 30, Calgary: Pre-Session day 2

    July 2, Calgary: Pre-Session day 3

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

  2. In-field

    July 3, Calgary: Depart for Berlin

    July 4 - 15, Berlin: Program activities

    July 16, Weimar: Day trip to Weimar and travel to Leipzig

    July 17, Leipzig: Day trip to Leipzig

    July 18 - 22, Berlin: Program activities

    July 23, Potsdam: Day trip to Potsdam

    July 24, Berlin: Program activities

    July 25, Dresden: Day trip to Dresden

    July 26, Berlin: Depart for Calgary or independent travel

    For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here

  3. Post-field

    GERM 202: Final assignment is due on August 6, 2020

    GERM 317: Final assignment is due late August, 2020

    GERM 561: Final assignment may be due August 2020

    HTST 410: TBD

  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 $6,627.

    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.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  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.

    New! 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! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: 

    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.

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 Study Abroad 101 for general information.

Watch Study Abroad 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.