DelVal to offer new study abroad program in Germany

Aug 17, 2011

The Liberal Arts department at DelVal is introducing a new  summer study abroad program that will take students to Berlin, Germany for 17 days in June 2012.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn firsthand about European history and culture” said Dr. Jack Schmidt.   ”They gain a much richer appreciation of the subject matter rather than learning from a book.”


Students can earn up to nine DelVal core curriculum credits by participating. They will meet for class on campus for two weeks beginning May 21, 2012 before departing for Europe on June 1.

While in Berlin, students will alternate classroom meetings with group excursions to key historic and cultural locations, with lots of time to explore this exciting city on their own.

They will be housed in the Industriepalast Hotel/Hostel located in the Friedrichshain section of Berlin.

Students will examine the region’s important political and cultural contributions, explore Germany’s key role in the development of modern Europe, and examine the relationship between the U.S. and Germany.

The courses will also expose students to art and music history, including key composers, artists and architects while providing a forum for exploring how history, politics, and culture intersect.

The program will be capped at 20 students. Participants will stay in dorm style housing at the hotel  in rooms accommodating up to eight students.

Dr. Jack Schmidt and Dr. David Snyder will lead the program. Students will pay $2,600 in addition to the standard tuition/fees.

The fee covers air transportation, airport transfers, housing, transportation within Germany, admission to concerts and historic sights, as well as travel insurance.

To participate a student must submit an application, a recommendation from a professor and current DelVal GPA by Nov. 15.

The Liberal Arts curriculum at the college exposes students to the richness, diversity and complexity of human history while promoting an increased self-awareness and concern for the role of the individual in society. Programs like the Berlin Summer Study Abroad program encourage students to develop a critical understanding of social, economic, political and cultural trends through immersion in a culture outside of the U.S.   

“Student groups travelling abroad often develop a sense of community and bring a new level of enthusiasm back to campus upon their return,” said Dr. Schmidt. “These students frequently express that the foreign travel experience inspired them to look at the world in a new and more-informed manner and they frequently express a desire to travel to other countries.”

To learn more or to apply contact: Dr. Schmidt at