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Upcoming Courses

The Newest City: A Trip through the Berlin Wall

Berlin, Germany
June 14-22, 2014

The Honors College announces an exciting opportunity for students to take part in an immersive travel-integrated course to Berlin, Germany.

Course Topic

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the city of Berlin has gone through a number of changes.  This special travel opportunity for Honors students will introduce them to the many faces of Berlin: the historical, the cultural, and the contemporary. 


The trip will focus primarily on the Wall, with tours of landmarks related to its construction, as well as a glimpse at what remains of this once ubiquitous symbol of division.  Visits to museums will elucidate the lives of Berliners behind the Wall, as well as offer insight into the literary and cultural responses to life in a divided city.  For a more personal connection, we will meet with people who lived in East Germany during the division, as well as expats who lived in the West during and after the time of the Wall. 


The trip will be led by Cindy Schaarschmidt who works in Drexel’s Fellowships Office, occasionally teaches in the Pennoni Honors College, and is a German citizen, and PHC adjunct faculty and poet Michael Haeflinger (M.F.A.). Both of them lived in Berlin from 2007-10 and have an intimate connection to the city and its lore.

Course Schedule

The course will count as one-credit for the summer term, 2014. Students are required to participate in the 3CR Honors colloquium: The Newest City: Berlin in the 20th Century during the spring term prior to the trip.


In addition to any standard tuition costs you might have, each selected participant is responsible for the cost of airfare (approximately $1400-$1600), plus a $150 nonrefundable deposit due upon acceptance. Participants should also expect to cover at least one meal a day and souvenir/incidental costs. Lodging, ground transportation, programming, and some meals will be covered for accepted Honors Program students by a generous contribution from the Honors College. If the cost of paying for airfare upfront is prohibitive for students, an installment plan can be developed upon acceptance.

How to Apply

Please email Cindy Schaarschmidt at for the application form. Applications are due Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Please submit application as an email attachment (