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Nazareth-in-Berlin Program
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14618-3790

For More Information

Email Dr. Lisa Cerami, program coordinator 
or call the Nazareth Center for International Education: 585-389-2371.

General Program Description

Nazareth-in-Berlin is a full-time, fall semester program, open to all undergraduate Nazareth students, as well as students from other colleges and universities.  Experiential learning is a foundational aspect of the Nazareth curriculum for all majors, and this study abroad Program is fully integrated and aligned with the Core Curriculum, giving especially sophomores and juniors opportunities to both ground and enhance their learning prerogatives.  The Program includes humanities courses, a professional internship and formal as well as informal language learning, all set in Germany's exhilarating capital, Berlin.

Program Highlights:

  • Nazareth-in-Berlin, in tandem with Studienforum-Berlin,  allows students from any academic major to become exposed to a European capital city famous for its international flare. There is no language requirement to participate.
  • Students live with bilingual host families, providing an unparalleled cultural immersion experience.
  • The Program offers the students a choice of three courses in liberal studies taught in English, one course in the German language at the student's own level, and one credit-bearing internship.
  • Students take German language courses together with other international students at the Neue Schule and are placed in courses from elementary to advanced, according to their present skills. Further language development takes place in a two-language environment with the host families.
  • Credit-bearing internships are offered in a variety of professional fields. The Program facilitates internships according to each student’s interests and language proficiency.

Program Details


Students attend the Nazareth-in-Berlin Program as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and thereby complete general college requirements and/or elective credits. Students are accepted based on their academic performance and ability to work independently abroad. Student applications showing no prior knowledge of the German language are assessed equally with other applications. The minimum acceptable overall grade point average is 3.00. Students planning to attend as sophomores should expect to present evidence of solid work/study skills.

All application forms must be submitted to Nazareth College, along with a complete, official college transcript, by the application deadline.

Students from other colleges and universities are welcome to apply to the Nazareth-in-Berlin Program. In these cases students must: 1) acquire formal approval from their home campus to study in the Program; and 2) receive the home campus' promise that the study-abroad credits will be accepted in transfer.

All students must show evidence of good character and must agree to conduct themselves as representatives of Nazareth College, of their own country and to respect the dignity of others in our global environments.

Course Information

General Study

The courses offered through Nazareth-in-Berlin Program are taught in English by professors at Studienforum-Berlin. Three courses are taken for 3 credits each. At Nazareth, courses will be assigned the appropriate course number designation upon registration in the spring preceding departure. Generally, a Nazareth student can expect that she or he will be able to fulfill distribution (PI/PII/PEQ) requirements with courses taken in Berlin.


German History 1870 to the Present

European Economics and Business Administration

20th Century German Theater, Literature, Cabaret

Sustainability – European Approaches

Symphonic Music and Opera: Mozart to Mahler

Conflict and Peace Studies

A PDF of all course descriptions can be found here.

Language Learning

Each student's language ability will be assessed for placement into an appropriate German language course, which begins soon upon arrival in Berlin and lasts for seven weeks. These language courses are offered by instructors with specialized pedagogical training at the Neue Schule, a multi-language institute that emphasizes speaking proficiency, aural and written comprehension, and composition. Classes are comprised of international university students, personnel attached to embassies and people engaged in global business.

Language courses are taken 5 credits. For Nazareth students, these will receive a course number and designation appropriate to the level they plan to complete.


Studienforum-Berlin facilitates professional, credit-bearing internships according to students’ abilities, major area of studies, technical skills, and relative ability in English and/or German. Internships are conducted full time for four weeks after the completion of courses. Internships will be monitored, mentored and assessed according to the Nazareth College guidelines.

In the past, internships have been available in professional areas such as: telecommunications; informational technology; media; banking; non-profits; international service organizations; education; molecular and micro-biology research; museums; software development companies; mathematics. A few placements require a practical command of German or specialized academic preparation. Especially for students with less proficiency in German, strong written and oral English-language skills is a must. In order to best match students with an internship, all students must present an up-to-date résumé. Internship sites are assigned in consultation with the student and advisement from the student’s home campus. In all internship placements, students will be expected to interact professionally and to learn and work in an environment appropriate to the Program's expectations. Internships for US citizens are unpaid, by law.

There exists the option to substitute the internship with an independent research project with a special mentor.


The fall semester schedule runs parallel with the campus calendar at Nazareth College (late August to early December). Students are advised to depart from home at least one day before the Program begins, to arrive on the morning the Program commences. Students usually leave for home immediately at the end of classes in December. The Program will meet the students upon arrival in August and take them to the train station or airport in December, at the completion of the semester. Students who wish to stay or travel after the end of the semester must make their own arrangements.

For a pdf for the complete schedule, click here.


During the first week, Studienforum-Berlin hosts an extensive orientation to the city of Berlin, and German culture more generally. During orientation, students will become acquainted with each other and with the academic and administrative staff at Studienforum-Berlin, as well as to its resources, facilities, services and procedures. The participants will also start to become familiar with the logistics of living in Berlin, such as housing, transportation, health, safety and personal security, and recreation. The orientation week will be supplemented with lectures, short field trips, group discussions, selected readings and films, as well as social gatherings.

Student Coordinator

An important member of the Studienforum-Berlin team is the student coordinator. The student coordinator will be available to students for the duration of the fall semester. The coordinator's job is to meet the special needs of the students. Additionally, the coordinator organizes cultural evenings and sightseeing tours in Berlin and to Potsdam, as well as academic excursions to places of historical and cultural interest outside of Berlin.

Costs and Financial Aid

Included in Program fee are tuition, room and 2/3’s board (meals with host families, excluding lunches), a 1-week orientation, sightseeing trips in Berlin and Potsdam, and two multi-day excursions in Germany and beyond. The Program fee is payable to Nazareth. An additional service fee is also payable with semester fees, and includes costs such as: insurance; residency permit; course reading materials; cell phone rental and a lab fee.

Out-of-pocket costs borne by the students include: transportation to and from Berlin; city transportation (student rate); lunches; hobbies and miscellaneous personal items and personal weekend and fall break travel. Students will be provided with a cost estimate for out-of-pocket expenses for the semester.

Nazareth Students pay the on-campus cost for the Nazareth-in-Berlin Program and continue to use their financial aid package and payment plan. Undergraduate students matriculated at Nazareth College are eligible for all financial resources for which they would qualify if they were studying on the Nazareth College campus (including federally subsidized loans, but excluding Room Grants). Students are also encouraged to apply for outside scholarships and grants to supplement their support resources.

Visiting Students to the Program will be assessed the standard semester fees for the Program in addition to a modest administrative Fee. Visiting students are advised to consult with their home campus Financial Aid Office for any other support they may receive from their institution.

There is no opportunity for students to receive U.S. Federal work-study funding while studying in Berlin.

The Refund Policy is in accordance with the Bursar's Office of Nazareth College (585-389-2033).

Transportation and Documents

Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their round trip airfare. Nazareth College will advise all students of the best flight connections for timely arrival at the study site. Questions about travel are amply covered at orientation meetings on the Nazareth Campus or to visiting students through advisement by telephone or email. All students will be met at their arriving train station or at the Berlin Tegel Airport, provided they give timely notice to the Program.

All students will need a valid passport that continues to be valid at least six months after the conclusion of the semester program in Berlin. After arrival in Berlin, Studienforum-Berlin will help students obtain the German residency permit (visa). For US-citizens, no additional document besides a valid passport is necessary for initial entry into Germany. For international students studying in the US, different regulations may apply. The Nazareth–in–Berlin Program director will provide support in this process prior to departure.

Normally, it is not necessary to obtain special medical documents. It is necessary to take proof of health insurance coverage, although a European-based maintenance health program is included in the Program. It is mandatory to take a valid student ID from the home campus.

Living Accommodations

All students at the Nazareth-in-Berlin Program live with families that are eager to have international students live with them. Host families are chosen for their ability to effectively communicate with the student and provide cultural enrichment. Generally, host homes are located in quieter neighborhoods easily accessible to public transportation. Students regularly eat breakfast and the evening meal at home. Students should expect to participate from time to time in the cultural life of the family and to respect the day-to-day needs of the family members.

The Program application form requests personal information about each student for the purpose of a suitable student-family match, based on information the student provides: eating needs; presence of family house pets; health needs; etc. Host families remain in contact with Studienforum-Berlin to ensure a good learning and living environment for the students.

About Berlin

Berlin is an open city, the new center of Europe in the European Union (EU), with 28 countries and a new unified currency, the Euro.

Berlin has returned to its metropolis size. It is the seat of the Federal German government and hundreds of Embassies and Consulates.

With half the population under 35, the city is host to over 440,000 people from 184 different countries. Ever since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, East Germany, and especially East Berlin, have experienced quick changes. The once somber world where East met West at Checkpoint Charlie is now the "New Berlin," a multi-cultural world, in which companies and think-tanks work equally in English or French as in German. There is always something "on" in the city: from world-class orchestras to major art exhibits, plays and the Golden Bear Film awards. And every one should check out the one-of-a-kind Saturday Flohmarkt! Large as Berlin may be, it is a compact European city that permits comfortable movement from home to city-center, to the theater, or a museum or a leisurely walk along the river or lakes. Berlin is now a hub by train or air. With the arguably best rail transportation system in Europe, the Deutsche Bahn moves passengers quickly and quietly from Berlin to other major German cities (such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nurnberg), and to neighboring countries.

For more information about life in Berlin, see these English-language sites:

Berlin Municipal Homepage (English)

Time Out Berlin


Abandoned Berlin

Architecture in Berlin

Berlin Reified

Berlin Unlike

Berlin Food Stories

Finding Berlin


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