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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Harvard Summer Program in Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria


Gain a critical overview of literature, music, and the arts from the 19th century to the present, while exploring the vibrant capitals of Austria and Germany.

Program Director:

John Hamilton and Lisa Parkes


(CANCELLED) GERM S-43 Study Abroad in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany: Advanced German Language and Arts

Lisa Parkes, PhD, Senior Lecturer on Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This course is designed to develop students’ spoken and written language skills at the advanced level. By exploring the cities of Vienna and Berlin and their rich cultural history, students learn the language of urban life, art and architecture, literature, theater, and music. In doing so, students broaden and refine their grammar, vocabulary, and idiom, as well as analyze the stylistic features of various written and spoken genres. In particular, students develop their ability to describe their urban environment with precision, and to respond critically to the cultural events, performances, and artwork. Last, but not least, guided explorations of Vienna and Berlin ensure immersion in the spoken language, and are reinforced by in-class discussions, oral reports, storytelling, debates, and interviews.

(CANCELLED) GERM S-100 Study Abroad in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany: Central European Cultural History

John T. Hamilton, PhD, William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Harvard University
4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

For centuries, Vienna and Berlin have been at the heart of European civilization and arts, thriving on a dynamic and frequently impassioned tension between the social conservatism of imperialism and the many cultural revolutions and violent upheavals that ultimately witnessed the decline of the aristocracy. This course offers a comprehensive examination of the cities’ key roles in major literary, musical, and artistic movements across the centuries, viewed in relation to broader considerations of Central European history up to the present day, when Vienna and Berlin persist as vital centers for the arts as an energetic and energizing source for fresh advances in human expression. The broad variety of museums, galleries, concert halls, and theaters, together with a vibrant tradition of cabaret, popular theater, and the famed cafes, is a testament to the cities’ commitment to fostering culture in all its kaleidoscopic wealth. Lectures are directly enriched by performances, field trips, excursions, and other special events.

Where You'll Live and Study

The program takes place in Vienna and Berlin, the two primary cultural capitals of Central Europe, with an extended stop-over in Prague.


In Vienna, you stay in apartments in the elegant art-nouveau Hotel Carlton Opera. The hotel is located in the heart of Vienna’s lively Fourth District—directly adjacent to the Naschmarkt, Vienna’s famous open market and just a brief walk to all of the city’s major sites and shopping promenades.

Apartments have air-conditioning, free wi-fi, and kitchens so that you are able to prepare some of your own meals. Breakfast is included, and there are many restaurants and coffee houses nearby.

While in Berlin, you reside with local families in a homestay.


The Berlin and Vienna program will not run in Summer 2022.

Cost & Expenses

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