Minnesota Goes to Berlin

The Center for German & European Studies (CGES) is proud to offer the Minnesota Goes to Berlin Program annually each summer. The program places up to ten Minnesota undergraduate students as interns in English-language classrooms in Berlin's elementary and secondary schools. Fellows serve as language resource persons for three weeks. Students enrolled at Minnesota Morris, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Crookston, and Macalester College are also encouraged to apply.

Fellowship recipients will serve as native speaker resource assistants for three weeks in Berlin. Fellows will work with their mentors and permanent faculty during regular school hours each week. Fellowship recipients will also be encouraged to conduct their own research on a topic related to education. Fellows will be asked to submit a journal of their experience at the conclusion of the program, and will be asked to share their experience with CGES and the University of Minnesota after their return.

Minnesota Goes to Berlin is designed to benefit all partners, including the children at the host schools, the teacher-mentors, other Berlin partners, CGES, and fellowship awardees. All fellows will live with their teacher-mentors for the duration of the program.

The fellowship package includes room and board with your mentor-teacher’s host family for three weeks, international health insurance for one month, a public transportation pass for the duration of the fellowship period, and a $650 grant for airfare costs. Please note that airfare support will be reimbursed after the full completion of the program. CGES can only reimburse receipted expenses.

Application materials

To apply, please submit these items to CGES with “Minnesota Goes to Berlin Fellowship Program" as the attention line. Submit to where? Address? Email?

  • Application form-Where is this? -zh

  • Letter of interest that describes how this fellowship fits your course of study and benefits your career objectives; please include a statement on your level of German proficiency

  • One confidential letter of recommendation from a University of Minnesota or Macalester College faculty member

  • Proof of a valid US passport