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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 3
Class/Credit Status: 01 Freshman Areas of Study: Communication, German, History, Philosophy
Program Model: JWU Term Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Program Manager
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
Expanding the Freshman Experience - General Studies in Germany
Germany Freshmen 1
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
March 1 Arrive Berlin
May 12 Depart Program

24 Students
Freshmen can study abroad their first year at JWU! Every fall, students from any major can apply for this Germany program because it offers general studies courses required in all 4-year degrees. Participants on this program are mixed with upperclassmen participating on the JWU Berlin - General Studies in Germany program.  Spring term, all selected students move to Berlin, live together as a group and study with CIEE.  Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past and an exciting future.  During the program, academic courses are delivered in English by local faculty who offer international perspectives and teaching styles. This is a wonderful opportunity to live in another country during your first year at JWU. On this program, you can  lean into the German culture around you one weekend and travel throughout Europe the next. The options are endless, and we hope to see you there!.  

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 13.5 credits minimum - you must take the 2 required courses and choose 1 optional course.
  • 18 credits maximum - you must take the 2 required courses and both optional courses.
The specific courses on this program are listed in the "Courses Offered" link above. Please be aware that this program offers courses from both the JWU and CIEE catalogs. Students schedule for the JWU courses following normal JWU course registration steps. However, since CIEE courses are not from the JWU catalog, students schedule at JWU for a generic "ABRD4180" placeholder course that is holding the space for the host course completed abroad. You will only be able to schedule for the placeholder course if you shared your final academic plan with SAS and official summary notes have been written in your JWU degree audit.

Upon completion of the program, the host will send an official transcript to JWU Study Abroad. The JWU courses will receive a regular letter grade.  The host courses will be applied to the JWU transcript as transfer credit. The typical timeline for your JWU transcript to be updated is 3-5 months.

Germany Freshmen 2Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.

JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:

Non-JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
Proof of completion of comparable courses must be presented through your application materials.

JWU Study Abroad staff, together with the CIEE resident staff in Berlin, coordinate pre-departure information. JWU staff does not travel with the students and program supervision is provided on site by CIEE faculty and staff.  All academic content is delivered in English by CIEE to provide an immersive international education environment.

JWU Study Abroad and CIEE will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group.  Please be aware that texbooks will need to be purchased prior to your US departure.

The program manager will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 16-20 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.
Elizabeth Allsworth

Germany Freshmen 2 SAMPLE EXCURSIONS
German History Museum
Berlin Wall/East Side Gallery
Full day excursion to Potsdam
Three-day, two-night excursion to Hamburg
Weekend homestay with a local German family
Community engagement activities including helping in a community garden and tutoring local high school students.

Learn in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Live with other CIEE students in a residence hall called G27.  Rooms are shared with 3-4 students and include private bathrooms.  The residence building features fully outfitted kitchens shared with other residents on the floor, laundry facilities, and comfortable lounges. The lower floors of the residence offer quiet study areas, a café, and more common space to do coursework and get to know your fellow students. Weekly room cleaning, bed linens and towels, laundry, 24-hour security and a help desk will be available.  Just steps away are peaceful inner courtyards, modern classrooms, and the Student Life Office, where you will get advice on local events and volunteer opportunities and can borrow recreational and sports equipment.

Breakfast is included daily with the program housing, along with a welcoming reception and farewell dinner. You are responsible for all other meals at your own expense.

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you, usually 4 months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.