During their first semester (fall or spring) students enroll in the following for a minimum of 18 points:
German Discourse and Culture, 6 points
Taken during the orientation period prior to the start of the German semester, this mandatory six-week course combines extensive language study with an introduction to the discourse of German academic culture, both spoken and written, in preparation for successful study in the German university system. Special attention is paid to practical vocabulary for both academic and daily living applications. Satisfactory completion is required as a condition of enrollment in courses at the FU.
Selected topics in German studies, 4 points
The Academic Director determines the topic of this course every year, based on his or her own academic interests and background. The course takes advantage of Berlin and its resources to inform the coursework. Past topics have covered history, art history, literature, theater, and cinema. During the spring term, a course on German-American relations is offered by the Resident Administrative Director.
Supervised study in the German university system, minimum of 8 points
Direct enrollment into at least two courses in the German university system. Based on the results of a placement exam taken at the end of the practicum, BCGS staff assist students in finding appropriate courses for their language level and academic interests.
For a second semester in Berlin, students continuing from the fall enroll in the following:
Four courses for a total of 16 points, minimum of 3 Supervised study in the German university system courses (4 points each)
Please note: Your course schedule is subject to the approval of the BCGS Academic Director. The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.
German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)