Clark Honors College in Berlin

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore standing or above
Location: Europe, Germany
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Berlin’s vibrant cultural life and history provide the setting for an immersive four-week exploration through this world capital and beyond.

In Berlin and the Urban Experience, students will compare communist, totalitarian East Berlin with the countercultural and multicultural West Berlin during the decades when the Berlin Wall divided them. We then turn to the city’s dramatic modernization since German reunification and its role as the capital of Europe’s largest and most powerful economy today.

Widening the lens, The Quality of Life in the European Union explores why Berlin and many other European cities are ranked among the world’s most livable, and boast some of the highest measures of human development, gender equality, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability found anywhere in the world, including the U.S.

All instruction is in English, and no German is required.

Scholarships: Applicants to this program have the option to apply for a program-specific scholarship. Award recipients are chosen based on academic merit, financial need, and overall quality of their essay.  Individual awards range from $500-$2500. To be considered, the Scholarship Essay must be completed by February 15. Please refer to the Scholarship Essay instructions in the program application or speak with your GEO advisor for more details.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2024 3/15/2024 7/21/24 8/17/24

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

CHC students will receive a total of 8 credits as follows:

  • HC 434H (4 credits): Berlin and the Urban Experience (approved for Art and Letters colloquium and Global Perspectives colloquium)
  • HC 434H (4 credits): The Quality of Life in the European Union (approved for Social Sciences colloquium and Global Perspectives colloqium)

Non-CHC students will receive a total of 8 credits for HIST 420 (approved for Global Perspectives) and HUM 354 (approved for Arts & Letters).

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements
Priority given to students in the Honors College.
Faculty and Staff

Professor Ian F. McNeely, a member of the Clark Honors College’s core faculty, has taught at UO for over twenty years. He has specialized in German and European history ever since he himself studied in Berlin as an undergraduate in the 1990s. He has written and taught on a wide array of subjects, from kindergarten to democracy and from medicine to the study of world languages. Professor McNeely will be joined in Berlin by his CHC colleague, Professor Lisa Wolverton, and one of their three daughters.

Housing Description
The accommodations are near Berliner Innesdat, and next two centralized transport stations for convenience. Students will be housed in single rooms equipped with beds, closets, and a desk, with an attached private bathroom. Shared, fully equipped kitchens are available on each floor, and co-working spaces are available to use in the building. Also included: Free WiFi, use of laundry facilities, weekly cleaning and change of linen and towels, bike rental, and use of on-site gym.