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Frankfurt an der Oder & Berlin, Germany


Summer 2024: July 20 - July 31, 2024

Application Deadline

February 11, 2024

Program Description

If you've ever wanted to study abroad, but have been unable to fit it into your busy schedule, this opportunity is for you. This 11-day, fully-funded course is a component of the JMU Adult Degree Program (ADP), and provides students the opportunity to take their learning abroad to explore first-hand the issues and opportunites related to migration in eastern Germany and Poland. You'll also meet other like-minded individuals who are pursuing their degree through ADP.

This program takes an in-depth exploration of the history, culture, and support of refugees in the surrounding areas. Students will travel to Frankfurt an der Oder and take part in a program produced in partnership with the European University Viadrina. Participants will engage in guest lectures, site visits and excursions, and interact with local and international students. Through these activities, participants will experience/learn about the positive and negative implications of migration for Frankfurt an der Oder, the history and politics in east Germany, and how Frankfurt an der Oder is supporting refugees. Participants will also spend three nights in Berlin where they will tour the city and compare perspectives and inhabitant growth to Frankfurt an der Oder. 


UNST 190: The Exploration of Migration and Culture in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (3 credits)

Location Description

The majority of this program will take place in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany at the European University Viadrina. Viadrina is a university in the heart of Europe with a unique international and interdisciplinary character. Their students and lecturers come from 80 different countries. The international aspects of law, economics and social and cultural sciences play a particularly important role in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the three colleges.

The so-called “German gateway to the East”, Frankfurt an der Oder is relatively small, with a population of approximately 74,000. Neighboring Slubice, Poland -- with its 17,000 inhabitants -- is just a short walk across a nearby bridge. There is a wealth of scenic and historic attractions around Frankfurt an der Oder. Surroundings are of great scenic beauty with its green forested areas and clear lakes. 

The capital of Germany, Berlin, with all its theaters, bars and historic sites is only 60 km away. It is known as a world city of culture, politics, media and science but also a stroll in the famous quarters Neukölln and Kreuzberg is worth its while. 

The geographic position of Viadrina right on the border of Germany and Poland means that students cross borders on a daily basis in their academic and private lives, creating an international atmosphere. At the same time, the German capital Berlin is only one hour by train. Prague is about 5 hours away.


Daniel Robinson | | School of Professional and Continuing Education


Participants will be fully funded by scholarships available through the Online Virginia Network.


Participants will stay in hotels close to the university during their time in Frankfurt an der Oder and in hotels in Berlin.

Additional Items to Consider

Must have a valid passport. No visas needed to travel to Germany.

Participants will travel independently to Germany where they will meet the Program Directors. More details will be shared upon acceptance.

This program will run in conjunction with the New Dukes Abroad program. Some coursework and activities will inlude both Adult Degree Program students and traditional on-campus students. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must be a current student in JMU Adult Degree Program (ADP).

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director may be required

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

*Applicants must be currently enrolled in the JMU Adult Degree Program (ADP). 

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