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Footsteps in Berlin (spring intersession)
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Intersession
Budget Sheets Spring Intersession
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Intersession 2018 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2018 05/28/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Footsteps in Berlin 2018

2017 Brandenburg Gate

Let's geaux to Germany!

Footsteps in Berlin focuses on the relationships between architecture and urban structure.  Berlin provides a highly informative example of Neoclassical, 19th, 20th, and 21st century urban environments with excellent architectural examples throughout.

The urban and experimental results of a changing sequence of political ruling systems over the last 100 years make Berlin a richly textured field for exploration of the study of modernity, society, identity, and physical form at different scales.  Berlin's role in pioneering expressions of modernity in the 1920s along with the current levels of investment in architecture and urban infrastructure aimed at rebuilding a global capitol city and the increasing diversity of the city make Berlin a very unique and timely place for architectural, urban, and political education. 

Potsdamer SquareDuring a series of lectures and guided tours to different districts, you will have the chance to examine the historical record and material culture of such major institutions of the modern era as the nation-state, colonialism, imperialism, 20th century ideological conflict (Liberalism, Communism, and Nazism), racism, capitalism, the culture industry, the European Union, identity, and immigration.  Most of the teaching will occur onsite in different urban settings and museums around the cities.  

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be traveling with you to Berlin this summer?  Check out our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(undergraduate, 3 hours)
May 13 May 28 $1,400 instate: $1,207
out of state: $2,007

Program Fee Includes

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  • Breakfast daily
  • Some group meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance
Housing: you will live at the Circus Hostel Berlin.  The hostel offers breakfast, wifi, laundry service, bike hires, and has a courtyard and rooftop terrace.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay LSU tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare.  Do not purchase your airfare until your Program Director tells you to do so.  

Once you are given clearance to buy your ticket, you should fly out of the US on May 13, so that you land in Berlin on May 14.  Your return flight should be booked out of Berlin on May 28. 

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, such as meals not covered in the program fee and snacks.  You will also need spending money for outings with friends and souvenirs.


Berlin WallARCH 4221 (Architecture and Berlin) - this course is a lecture and fieldtrip excursion across the urban landscape of Berlin, with daily walks and talks on the sites of Berlin's history, monuments, and museums.

There will be morning summaries of the day's activities, followed by extensive walking tours.  Student sketching, photography, and note taking will be integral parts of the daily excursions.  

Grades are based on active daily participation and engagement, each student's ability to define and carry out an independent research topic based on research and reading assigned before departure, and class project papers turned in after the group returns from Berlin.
Course Description Prerequisites
ARCH 4221 Architecture and Berlin completed 60 hours



May 13 Depart the US
May 14 Arrive in Berlin; check in to Circus Hostel; afternoon walk and sunset visit to Museum Island and the Humboldt InfoBox; group dinner
May 15 Walking lecture tour of Marien Kirche in Alexanderplatz; Museum Island, including The Altes Museum, the Old National Gallery, and Neues Museum, and the Pergammon Museum
May 16 Walking lecture tour of Berlin's monumental core from Unter den Linden; Deutsches Historisches Museum; Karl Freiderich Schinkel's Neuel Wache and Schauspielhaus/Konzerthaus; Bebelplatz and Humboldt University; Gendarmarket and Bundestag exhibition
May 17 Walking tour of the Business District, Brandenburg Gate, and the Capitol; Kennedy Museum; British Embassy; US Embassy; Holocaust Memorial; Reichstag Visit
May 18 Walking tour of Galleries Lafayette; Nazi Air Ministry Building; Topography of Terror; Martin Gropius Haus; Checkpoint Charlie
May 19 free day
May 20 free day
May 21 Walking lecture tour Kulturforum: Berlin Philharmonic Opera House; Musical Instrument Museum; Potsdamer Platz; Panoramapunkt observation deck
May 22 Walking tour Kulturforum: New National Gallery; Decorative Arts and Gemaaedegalerie museums; Sony Center
May 23 Walking lecture tour of Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens; Gerggruen Museum for Modern Art; Broehan Museum for Art Nouveau; group dinner
May 24 Walking lecture tour through Kreuzberg to the Jewish Museum and Turkish areas, including Victoria Park; meet with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
May 25 free day
May 26 free day
May 27 free day
May 28 program ends; return home or continue to explore Europe on your own

Note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Program Director
School of Architecture Michael Desmond

Eligibility & Withdrawal

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

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    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your spring intersession fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in late April and are due in early May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

On-Site Orientation Comments
We saw so many really cool things absolutely loved Berlin and our instructors
     — Summer Semester, 2014 Participant