Students will engage in coursework prior to and following a two week immersion experience in Osnabrück. The semester coursework will introduce students to the historical and contemporary aspects of German history and culture from an international context. The course will place emphasis on the differences between American and German culture. Students will synthesize their academic knowledge and immersion experience as a means to learn about the social, political, and economic situation in Germany. This course should appeal to students with a strong sense of adventure, a curiosity about our expanding global society and the desire to engage in an academic challenge.
Field experiences and guest lectures are mostly complete during the semester. In Germany, students will have an opportunity to experience what they have learned in the classroom. Student will also be paired with local students from the University of Osnabrück through program activates designed to enrich their knowledge of Germany people and culture. Dr. Kleine will also serve as a guest lecture.
As the conclusion to an exciting semester, students will voyage for two and a half weeks to historic Osnabrück, located in the green hills of northwest Germany. This centuries-old city is one of Germany’s most beautiful and culturally diverse places. Travel is required for the course and will occur between semesters from May 8-24th, 2017. In Osnabrück students will participate in programs to better connect with students from the Osnabrück University. The 16 day immersion experience will include a weekend excursion to Berlin, Koln, Weimar, and Dresden, as well as visits to various museums, historic sites, and areas of cultural interest.
Who Can Participate?
This program is only open to students in the Honors College; however, all majors are welcomed.
Course: IDH 3400 - Honors Arts and Humanities/GERMANY BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Dr. Funke and Mr. Lucien
The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. International travel will tell you who you are. How you deal with spontaneous changes, unexpected opportunities, and the inevitable glitches, is the best test of what you are made of.
The course prepares students for the Summer School at the University of Osnabrueck and subsequent travels of their own. Attendance is mandatory, reading and participation expected. In addition to the presentations listed below, there will be two quizzes on the books and one of the contents of this website: http://www.toytowngermany.com/
Students will be required to take 12 hours of basic German offered by the University of Osnabrück. These hours will not count for USF language credit.
Total Program Cost: $2,505.00
Pre-departure class sessions and instruction
Accommodations (shared occupancy)
Events on itinerary
USF-provided sickness/accident, emergency medical insurance
Course Tuition through Honors College
Passport/Visa fees (if applicable)
Meals which are not including in program
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application as early as possible. Please read the following carefully so that you understand how you can best secure for yourself a place in the program.
Applications will be processed as they are received and students who are accepted into the program will have a place reserved for them in the program until the enrollment limit is reached.
Students who are accepted into the program after the enrollment limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list. After the deposit deadline, any reserved spaces in the program that become available will be given to wait-listed students, who will be required to submit the deposit immediately in order to secure that space.
Read all of the information about the program posted on this website carefully: especially regarding courses and fees.
Contact the Program Coordinator or Program Director with any questions - contact details included at the bottom of this page.
How and When to Pay
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Health and Safety
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
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You may find it helpful to research obtaining an International Student Identification Card (ISIC card), which also includes a limited traveler's health insurance coverage. Further information is available at http://www.myisic.com/isic-card.html
Safety & Health
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: German authorities are vigilant in combating terrorism and other threats to security. They have uncovered specific threats and prosecuted suspects, though Germany itself has been largely free of terror incidents. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Germany’s open borders with its European neighbors limits its ability to track suspect individuals entering and exiting the country with anonymity.
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Hermann Ehlers Stiftung
Martinsburg 29 49078 Osnabrück Germany
Students are require to get to Osnabrueck on their own or as a group. The instructors will meet the group at the Osnabrueck main train station. Instructions will be given to students prior to travel on specific time for arrival.
Faculty and Contacts
• Peter Nikolaus Funke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Peter received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his "Vordiplom" from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Peter's research focuses on social movements, communication and globalizing capitalism. He has published in various peer reviewed journals and his work has been supported by the University of South Florida, the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence at Florida International University, the Social Science Research Council, the International Studies Association, and the University of Pennsylvania.
• Reggie Lucien is an Honors College Advisor who has lead international experience course in the Honors College for the past five years. Reggie has a passion for creating international experience programs and encouraging students to travel abroad.
Contacts for More Information
Mr. Reginald Lucien
Academic Advisor/Honors LLC Coordinator
Honors College, ALN241
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue