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
  • Victoria University of Wellington

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

Do students pay for their flight?
Yes. Students must organise and pay for their travel to Berlin for the Summer School.

Do students pay for accommodation?
No. Local accommodation in Berlin for 6 nights will be covered by the Summer School: Check in Sunday 7 July, Check out Saturday 13 July.

Do students pay for tours (incl. transport to venues, tickets)?
No. Local transportation to Summer School venues and tickets for tours/site visits will be covered by the Summer School.

Do students need to book accommodation or tours themselves?
No. The Summer School will take care of accommodation and tours.

Is accommodation shared?
No. Each student will have a single room.

Are meals provided during the Summer School?
Some meals, but not all, will be provided during the Summer School at no cost. Breakfasts will be provided at the hotel. We’ll have a welcome dinner on Monday 8 July and farewell dinner on Friday 12 July paid by the Summer School. Students are expected to purchase their own dinners on the remaining days as well as lunches on every day of the course. Allow approximately Euro 15 for a budget dinner.

Are special dietary requirements catered for?
If you have any dietary requirements, please note this in your application email and the Summer School will endeavour to meet your requirements, should you be successful in securing a place.

Do students need to prepare anything?
A reading list and recommended film viewing list will be provided ahead of the School. Students are expected to complete the reading prior to commencing the Summer School.

Do students need to present anything?
There is a group presentation planned on Friday with time allocated for preparation during the week.

Is the course in English only?

What kind of clothing is recommended?
Smart-casual summer clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Please note that we will visit sites of cultural and religious significance, so appropriate dress is recommended.

How much free time will students have?
We will start our course each day at 9am and aim to finish all the activities by 6pm (on Tuesday and Wednesday) and 5pm (on Thursday and Friday).

Do students get a course credit for the Summer School?
No. This is a non-award education experience. A certificate will be provided by the JM PPCEUMI network for successful completion of the School.

When and how will I find out whether I am successful in securing a place in the Summer School?
Applications close on 1 April 2019. Applicants will be advised by email of the outcome of their applications by mid-April.

Do I need to tell my referees I am applying to participate in the Summer School/ get permission to name my referees in the application?
Yes, please let your referees know that you are applying. Referees do not have to write any references to accompany your application. They will only be contacted if your application is shortlisted.

Does the Summer School offer any scholarships or travel bursaries?
No. The Summer School does not offer scholarships or travel bursaries.

When am I expected to arrive in Berlin and meet other participants?
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Berlin and are expected to be on site at the appointed time and date ready to start.

Is the Summer School open to postgraduate and PhD students?
No. The Summer School is only open to second and later-year undergraduate students.

Can I do the Summer School even though I do not go to any of the participating universities listed above?
No. The Summer School is open only to students from the participating universities: Indiana University, Bloomington; The Australian National University; The University of Canterbury; The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; The National University of Singapore; and Nanyang Technological University.

Date & time

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


Indiana University Europe Gateway, Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin, Germany


ANU Centre for European Studies
+61 2 6125 9896


Updated:  9 April 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications