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Berlin Program

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Program Abroad in Jena

For over a decade UVA has had an undergraduate exchange program with the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. The exchange program enables students at UVA to study for a semester or a year at the Friedrich Schiller University, and to transfer up to 12 credits taken there toward the German Major and up to 9 credits toward the German Minor. Students may transfer additional credits in German and other departments for college credit toward other degree programs (e.g. History, Sociology, Political Science, etc.). Click here to read more.

Students need to have completed four semesters of German (i.e. through 202) to be eligible. Beginning students of German seeking to prepare for studying at Jena may take an intensive second year German course in the fall semester -- German 205 (nicknamed "Jena Express"). German 205 covers the material of German 201 and 202 in one semester, so that students may study in Jena in the following spring semester.

We currently have five undergraduates ranging from first to fourth year students in Jena: Jillian Stafflinger (CLAS), Siggi Hindrichs (CLAS), Dan Hojnowski (CLAS), Rachel Nelson (SEAS), and Kristina Rowe (CLAS). For the 2007-08 academic year, we had $15,000 in scholarship funds through the Center of German Studies, supporting study in Jena. This included a $5,000 grant from UVA alumnus Alexis Ohanian and an additional $10,000 grant from an anonymous alumna. In accordance with the stipulations established by the donors, one student received the $5,000 Ohanian grant; four students received $2,500 from the $10,000 grant. Additionally, the University of Jena made a one-time offer of a 1,000 Euro travel stipend, which all five students received. The Center for German Studies will be able to provide the same funding opportunities in the 2008/09 academic year.

Global Ingenuity Program

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UVA in Austria and Poland! New Course Summer 2015--Jewish Vienna and Europe: Past and Present

Explore and experience Jewish history, culture, and everyday life in Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. UVa Jewish Studies Program faculty will accompany student participants on this three-week course, which will consist of introductory lectures, site visits, guest speakers, and personal encounters. Hosted by the University of Vienna, we will be holding classes on site, including field trips within Austria and a four-day visit to Warsaw and Treblinka. The objective of the course is to acquaint students in a deep way with the history, culture, and everyday lives of European Jews through immersion in their seminal texts, ideas, cultural artifacts, and practices in the past and present.

Taught by Asher Biemann and Gabriel Finder, as well as instructors from the University of Vienna and Warsaw University, this course will offer students broad and in-depth exposure to the Jewish experience in Europe. Through course work, site visits, and personal encounters, students will explore the challenges facing Jewish communities in a changing Europe after the Holocaust.

The Vienna and Warsaw program is especially designed by UVa Jewish Studies Program faculty to complement the university curriculum. The course is taught in English and does not have a language requirement. For students with knowledge in German, there will be ample opportunity to practice their language skills and work with original texts. Students completing the course assignments will receive UVa direct credit (3 credits). Grades are factored into the UVa GPA. The course may be applied toward Jewish Studies major and minor requirements. For major and minor credit in other departments and programs, students should consult their advisors.

For more information see the attached flyer or contact Asher Biemann <> or Gabriel Finder <>