Berlin Summer School: European Migration, Culture and Citizenship

Berlin Summer School: European Migration, Culture and Citizenship

Interested in migration and cultural studies? Want to know more about the challenges of integrating people of diverse backgrounds to form a common political culture? What kinds of cultural responses are emerging in grassroots Europe? How do different kinds of histories and forms of remembering inform identity and citizenship?

This intensive Summer School will bring undergraduates to Berlin to learn about European immigration and integration challenges. Study topics include: Islam in Europe; multiculturalism; relationship between culture and citizenship; memorialisation versus community-based memory-making; refugee documentary; political change. The academic focus is enhanced by opportunities to engage with the first-hand experiences of European migrants, curators of cultural institutions, NGOs, and government officials.

Taught over six days by academic faculty from The Australian National University and Indiana University, the Summer School will also draw on academic expertise from German universities and cultural institutions. Application to the course is competitive and limited to only 25 students from these participating universities:

  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Canterbury
  • The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • The National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University

This Summer School is jointly run by the above universities as part of the Jean Monnet PPCEUMI network and will be taught in English. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the Summer School and associated assessment tasks.

How to apply

1) Write a 200-word statement explaining why you wish to undertake this Summer School and how it would further your studies.

2) Submit your 200-word statement with an electronic copy of your academic transcript and the details of two academic referees by email to

Note: Only open to second and later-year undergraduate students from participating universities. Only referees of shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


The Summer School will cover the cost of local accommodation, some meals, local transportation, and site visit entry fees. Students must cover all other costs, including travel to and from Berlin, any meals not covered by the School, health and travel insurance, and visas.

Draft program

(Subject to change)

Sunday 7 July – arrival and orientation

Monday 8 July – course overview; Berlin History lecture and tour; Jewish Museum site visit; welcome dinner

Tuesday 9 July – panel discussions with officials and NGOs on migration policies; film screening, resettlement facility

Wednesday 10 July – Sehitlik Mosque visit and discussion; culture and citizenship lecture; Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum lecture tour

Thursday 11 July – Lectures on art and activism; documentary and film analysis; group work

Friday 12 July – Key issues revisited, group work, group presentations, farewell dinner

Saturday 13 July – departure

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming soon

Date & time

Sun 07 Jul 2019, 4pm – Fri 12 Jul 2019, 10pm


Indiana University’s Europe Gateway campus, Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin, Germany


ANU Centre for European Studies
+61 2 6125 9896


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