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Germany 2015: Rhein-Mosel-Berlin


Trier, Berlin, Germany

Program Description

This is a 3 week program offering students to earn 3 JMU credits while immersing in German culture. Classes will be taught by JMU faculty.

Activities will include lectures and the exploration of different regions: Trier and Berlin. Guided trips to Koblenz, medieval castles and towns along the Rhine and Moselle valleys and various sites and museums in Trier. In Berlin, we will visit historic sites and museums.

Students will also have free time to explore on their own and participate in leisure activities like hiking, biking, and canoeing which are widely available.

Location Description

The Moselle and the Upper Middle-Rhine valleys, with their castles, ruins and vineyards, carry testimony to the rich history from Roman times to the present. It’s one of Germany’s most scenic regions.

Trier, the oldest German city, is located near the border with Luxembourg and France, within the important and picturesque Moselle wine region. Shaped by Constantine the Great as the capital of the Western Roman Empire, Trier is known for not only its well preserved Roman structures many of which have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage sites, but also for its rich medieval history.

The capital city of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014. In the past a city divided by the Cold War, is today one of the most visited cities in Europe.


Beate Warden | | German: Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Students will live and study in modern youth hostels and business meeting centers, located in the heart of each city. In Trier, the hostel is located at the bank of the river with a jogging and bike trail, beach volley ball, soccer, and ping-pong tables. Shopping and entertainment are within walking distance. In Berlin, the hostel is located within walking distance to the major tourist sites like Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. Public transportation is easily accessible, if necessary. Students will share quad-rooms with bath and laundry facilities are onsite. Breakfast and hot lunch will be provided.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: GER 231 for GER 232
Prerequisite: GER 300 for GER 447

Application Process

For this program, students need to complete the online application (a $25 fee required), which includes:

  • Short essay
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Interview with director
  • Official transcript required for first-semester transfer and non-JMU students.

Online Application Coming Soon

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GER 232: Intermediate German II (3 credits)

GER 447: Special Topics in German Civilization and Culture: History and Culture of the Rhine and Moselle Valleys (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.