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May Term

These undergraduate courses will be offered contingent on DAAD funding for 2017-18. More information will be available in late fall. 

May Term 2017

Contemporary Art in Germany and Europe

This seminar explores the politics and economics of major international art expositions that would take students to Kassel and Athens for Documenta 14, the renowned quinquennial art exposition that has been hosted in Kassel since 1955, Basel (ArtBasel 2017), and the Venice Biennale. Students will have the opportunity to meet with curatorial staff behind major exhibitions in all four locations and engage in comparative study of art shows in both northern and southern Europe (the theme of Documenta 14). They will also explore the economic and political function of art in the EU at a time when its integrity as a political and social entity is being challenged by economic and demographic factors.

May Term 2018

GLOS 3900:Global Migrations in Berlin

A Study Abroad Course in Berlin
June 11-28, 2018

Berlin has attracted the world's attention since 2015, when hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers arrived in Germany. Politicians, activists, and commentators around the world fiercely debate the country’s national identity, migration policy, and the future of its democracy. This course provides students with an opportunity to learn from Berliners themselves.

In this course you will:
-Learn about the experiences of migrants and Germans through site visits and activities in Berlin
-Examine migration’s complex effects on Germany’s culture, schools, politics, and economy
-Contextualize the current situation within EU politics and Germany’s long migration history
-Write your own policy briefings and recommendations

Program Dates

June 11-15: University of Minnesota on-campus classroom component, 9am - 11:30am daily
June 17-28:  Berlin study abroad component

The on-campus and Berlin components of the class are both required. 

Program Leaders

Dr. Elizabeth Venditto is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Immigration Studies. She formerly managed the Immigrant Stories Project at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center. She is currently an ACLS Public Fellow at the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.


The program includes daily explorations and visits to schools, social agencies, immigrant advocacy groups, local governments, neighborhood centers, etc. that are engaged in migration related work. A complete list will be posted as events are confirmed.

Housing and Meals

Students will share a room in a hotel in the center of Berlin. Housing and most meal expenses are covered..

Program Fee

The course is funded by a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant to the University's Center for German and European Studies. The grant will pay for students' housing, meals, and field trips in Berlin. Students will also receive approximately $1,000 towards their airfare (exact amount to be determined later). Students will pay a $50 application fee through the Learning Abroad Center's website when applying, as well as a $400 APAAC fee assessed by the Learning Abroad Center.  Any additional incidentals and non-program related travel are the responsibility of the student. 

Because grant funding is limited, this program will have a capacity of 10 students.  

More Information

For more information contact the program leader ( or Klaas van der Sanden ( in the Global Studies deparrtment.   

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