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Summer: Rutgers- Berlin: Theater and Contemporary Innovation

Berlin, Germany

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
May 20, 2020
Jun 12, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Herzlich willkommen! Visit Berlin!

Study the influence of German theater and innovation on global drama in the heart of Europe on a three-week, three-credit program taught by Rutgers faculty. See plays and performances and participate in workshops with faculty and theater professionals to examine the theatrical profession in Berlin. Explore three distinct eras of German theater using the city of Berlin itself as your classroom.


Program Location

Berlin Theater



Once divided, Berlin is once again the center of German politics, arts, and cultural life and the gateway to Eastern Europe. It is an East-West metropolis with something for everyone.  Traverse the streets of Berlin and you will find the monumental Brandenburg Gate, the shops and bustling commerce on the Ku'damm and the hip Hackesche Hoefe district. In the Tiergarten the "House of World Cultures" presents a wealth of events and exhibitions featuring cultures from outside Europe.


Contemporary Berlin is the hyper-current mecca of contemporary Western arts and culture.  Creative and international, this city is where our 21st century future is being rehearsed.  This program is a unique and immersive exploration of one of the world’s important centers for the performing arts.  This is a three-credit, three-week program taught on-site by faculty from the Rutgers Theater Department. You will learn about the rich history of German theater and its influence on global drama.  We will look at three important periods of significant theatrical flowering — the late-eighteenth century and early-nineteenth century Romantic era of Goethe and Schiller; the pre-World War II years of Toller, Brecht, Reinhardt and Weill and current art and performance scene that is at the center of 21st century inventiveness.  Through our study of the history, literature, theaters and museums of Berlin, we will explore the influence of this important cultural metropolis. Attendance at performances, with faculty and theater professionals, will introduce German drama and aspects of the theatrical profession in Berlin to the students. The city (its theatres, museums and cafés) will be our classroom.

To view the program’s 2015 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Summer 2019

May 21, 2019

June 11, 2019

Housing and Meals

Students will be staying in two-person rooms at a local three-star hotel. Rooms each have private bathrooms and internet access. Laundry facilities are available on-site.  Some meals will be provided, such as a welcome reception and various lunches and dinners. Students will be responsible for all other meals.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $4,100 $4,390
Graduate $4,280 $4,560
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some Meals
•    Excursions and Performances
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Additional meals $250
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,650.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Student Spotlight

Erin is sitting on the grass in front of her theatre building.

"I attended the 'Theater and Contemporary Innovation in Berlin' study abroad program. I applied to this program because I am a theater arts major with a minor in German, so, naturally, a program involved with German theater seemed like my calling. However, I came into the program not really knowing what to expect. It wasn’t until two weeks before we left that I found out we would be seeing twenty shows in twenty-one days. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized how life-changing (cliché, I know) studying theater in another country could be. This program gave me an entirely new perspective on theater and on pursuing life as a theater artist."