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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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Program Description:


Experience Germany – OLE2139 (3/12/2018 – 14/12/2018)
Humboldt University - Berlin, Germany

Location: Berlin, Germany
Program dates: 3/12/2018 – 14/12/2018
Application deadline: 1 September 2018
Duration: 12 Days
Coordinator: Dr Tristan Lay
Program Description
This OLE in-country unit (6 credit points) provides you with an introduction to contemporary German culture and society through immersion. Learn the basics of the language including the pronunciation system, the written system and basic conversation skills. You will have the unique opportunity to experience culture first-hand, use German in authentic contexts and extend your existing network. This unit consists of an online module that you complete before departure, and studies in Germany of 40 hours of face-to-face teaching and cultural activities of up to 15 hours. Studying in Berlin includes organised visits to museums, theatres, concerts, ceremonies, exposure to indigenous customs and rituals.

Experience Germany is best suited for beginners with no prior knowledge of the German language, although students with some knowledge of German can be accommodated.. If you have studied German, we strongly encourage you to check out our other OLE in-country units to expand your linguistic and cultural horizons.

About the Host Institution
Established in 1810, Humboldt University is the oldest of Berlin’s four universities. Today, around 33,000 students are enrolled across the HU’s nine faculties that include human, social and political, and natural sciences. The University’s main buildings are located in the central district of Berlin-Mitte. The Experience Germany program is taught by the University’s Language Center. Further information:

Useful Information 

Local Overview
Berlin is the capital city of Germany as well as one of its 16 constituent states. With a population of around 3.7 million, it is the largest German city, and undoubtedly the most vibrant. Located on Germany’s northeast plain on the banks of the rivers Spree and Havel, it is the centre of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which is home to 6 million people from over 180 different countries. Germany is a world city of culture, with a rich and complex history. The wall that divided the city during the Cold War also marked the dividing line between East and West. Nowhere ist he history of Germany, Europe, and the world more visible today than in the city of Berlin. Modern, multicultural Berlin is well-known for its international festivals, diverse nightlife, contemporary art scene and vibrant urban landscape. Yet it is also a very green city, with around one third of it made up of forests, parks, gardens, lakes, riverbanks, and canals. For more information on what to see and do while in Berlin, see:  
Accommodation Options
Twin-room accommodation in a student residence or similar will be arranged by the Partner at a cost of AUD$ 1050. 


Program Fee:  The program will be covered by your normal tuition fees, paid to the University of Sydney for enrolling in the OLE 6 CP unit, and a deposit. 
Deposit: you will need to pay a deposit of $200. This deposit will be refunded minus any extra costs for this program, after the relevant census date, to students who attend the course. Please note students who do not attend will not receive a refund.
Other costs:
  • Airfares
  • Transport ticket (AUD$ 150 for 2 weeks unlimited use on all underground and overground trains, trams, and buses)
  • Food
OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required. 

How to Apply

Applications for 2019 are not yet open. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Please note:

  • OLE In-Country Units are not managed by Sydney Abroad. Any questions you have about this application should be directed to the School of Languages and Cultures at
  • Places are limited, so we cannot guarantee that all students will be accepted. Please complete your application as soon as possible.
  • Students require an 'Acceptance Letter' from their Host University in Germany and a 'No-Objection Letter' from The University of Sydney for their Visa Applications.
  • As part of this application you will be requested to provide passport details and to pay a deposit of $200.
  • This course is suitable for students who are complete beginners in German, or have very little experience in the language and culture. If you studied German previously or are a native speaker we recommend you take one of our other OLE units listed here.
Enrolment closes 1 September 2018.
For futher queries, contact the unit coordinator Dr Tristan Lay.

**Please note that units may be cancelled where there are insufficient enrolment numbers.