Summer Courses

Intensive German Courses in the Summer

Embark on an exciting summer journey: Learning German will open up astonishing new cultural vistas, enable you to communicate with 120 million people in several European countries, and expose you to the world of great thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kafka, and Freud. Among the multiple personal, academic, and professional benefits of a foreign language-learning experience is the fact that graduate and law schools in the US are keen on admitting students with advanced knowledge of a foreign language. UC Berkeley offers a variety of German courses and intensive workshops on the Berkeley campus and a workshop for beginners in Berlin.


Summer Abroad in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg

“Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. The course begins in Amsterdam, the world’s most liberal city, from where we explore the Netherlands. After spending two weeks in the Netherlands, we travel to Europe’s capital Brussels, where we join the celebrations of Belgium’s Independence Day. From Brussels, we continue to Luxembourg, one of the smallest but most international countries in Europe. We then move to Flanders, Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region, where we first stay in the city of Ostend, beautifully located at the North Sea coast. We end our course in Louvain, one of Europe’s oldest university towns founded in the Middle Ages. On our way, we trace important cultural, historical and political developments in European history and culture from medieval Flanders, the Dutch Golden Age, World War I and II up to the contemporary multilingual, social and European identity of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as founding members of the European Union. Daily fieldtrips take us to The Hague, Utrecht, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres, Bastogne, the Frisian Islands, Cassel in French Flanders and many other places. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament in Brussels are also included.” For more information, please see Berkeley’s study abroad website for the Netherlands.