Students will spend the majority of the time studying and residing in Düsseldorf, but also visit Cologne and Aachen, Germany, as well as Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. In Düsseldorf, students will reside in a modern hostel, share a room with one other student in the program, and receive free breakfast in the hostel dining room. Lunch and dinner are also available in the hostel for a small fee. The hostel is located only minutes from the city center with excellent public transportation access.
The program will include several field trips to sites in Düsseldorf, i.e. a cruise down the river Rhine, a city site-seeing tour, a trip to the Neanderthal valley and museum, as well as excursions to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and Cologne and Aachen, in Germany. These excursions, included in the cost of the program, allow students to experience important cultural and historical sites, as well as understand the important past and present relationships Germany has with its European neighbors, i.e. the Netherlands. Students will also be able to experience variants of German dialects, e.g. Kölsch (spoken in Cologne), and related Germanic languages, i.e. Dutch.
: Düsseldorf is a beautiful city on the river Rhine and the capital city of the German state of Noth-Rhine-Westphalia. Its historic downtown is nicknamed “The Longest Bar in the World” in recognition of its thriving pub and beer culture. It is also sometimes called “Fashion City” in reference to its famous Königsallee luxury shopping street.Culturally, Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, e.g. Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, etc.), its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music (Kraftwerk) and its relatively large Japanese community (Little Tokyo). Düsseldorf is also a stronghold for Rhenish Carnival celebrations.
The group will also enjoy trips to Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands:
Students will visit the Cologne cathedral, the historic city center, and the Roman-Germanic Museum.
Students will tour the imperial Aachen cathedral, built by Emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century, as well as visit the historic city center and city hall.
Students will experience the myriads of canals, lending the city the nickname "Venice of the North," on a boat cruise, and visit the historic city center.