Excursions | API Study Abroad
Excursions

Highlights

  • Courses in English and German
  • Program designed for international students
  • Tandem partner program
  • Special options for advanced German speakers
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP accreditation
  • International excursion in spring

Requirements

  •  3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to all levels of German speakers
  • Completed API Application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 27, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017
$14,980
SPRING 2018
Jan 28, 2018 - May 18, 2018
$15,380
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Aug 27, 2017 - May 18, 2018
$28,900
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Aug 26, 2018 - Dec 14, 20178
$15,380
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Aug 26, 2018 - Mid-May, 2019
$29,580

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mar 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2017
SPRING 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mar 1, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mar 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Mar 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018

EXCURSIONS

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Berlin programs. All excursions are subject to change.

BERLIN

Semester students at FU-BEST visit four sites in and around Berlin on selected Fridays as an integral and mandatory part of the overall academic program: the Reichstag building (including a session of the German parliament) and/or the Chancellor’s Office (Bundeskanzleramt), the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, the former prison complex in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen of East Germany’s state security police (Stasi), and the royal palace Sanssouci, as well as the 1945 allied conference site in nearby Potsdam.

Day Trips

Local field-trips to relevant areas of interest around Berlin comprise an integral component of many of the courses. Semester students also receive a pass for use in all museums associated with the Foundation for State Museums in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). Details vary per course and term.

Fall

MUNICH

Munich is well-known for Oktoberfest, but it has so much more to offer than those fun festivities. Students will get to see the City outside of the masses which are coming in the fall and experience the calmness and unique atmosphere of the biggest city in the south of Germany. Munich not only has many museums and castles to offer, but also many biergartens and open-air restaurants!

POTSDAM

Potsdam is undoubtedly one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. Nestled in a charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens, which have been on the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list since 1990, turn the capital of the Federal State of Brandenburg into a great travel destination, suiting all sorts of interests and demands.

The Sanssouci palace was the summer residence of Frederick the Great. Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff built it above the terraced vineyard from 1745 to 1747 following the King’s ideas and sketches. The palace is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany. Paintings by Watteau, Panini and Pesne are on exhibit in the picture gallery.

Week-Long Excursion

GERMAN CITY OR INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION

Fall semester students on the FU-BEST program will have the unique opportunity to visit an exciting German or other European city through the program on a week-long excursion. Possible locations may include Munich, Dresden, or Hamburg in Germany, or Budapest, Hungary, Copenhagen, Denmark, London, England, Paris or Strassbourg, France, Prague, Czech Republic, or Vienna, Austria. These week-long excursions change each term, so please check the API website and speak with your Program Manager for details on your semester of interest.

Spring

DRESDEN

Dresden is the capital city of the state of Saxony. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. The Dresden conurbation is part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area with 2.4 million inhabitants.

Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center.

A controversial Allied aerial bombing towards the end of World War II killed 25,000 civilians and destroyed the entire city center. The impact of the bombing and 40 years of urban development during the East German communist era have considerably changed the face of the city.

Some restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Opera and the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Since German reunification in 1990, Dresden has regained importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic centers of Germany and Europe.

LEIPZIG

Leipzig is the most populous city in the state of Saxony, Germany, and it is located about 160 kilometers (99 mi) southwest of Berlin. It has become known as one of the most trendy and up-in-coming cities in all of Germany – even rivaling Berlin! The historic central area of Leipzig features a renaissance style ensemble of buildings from the 16th century, including the old city hall in the marketplace. There are also several baroque period trading houses and former residences of rich merchants. The ‘it’ district, Plagwitz, is decked out in industrial chimneys and brick housing combined with rejuvenated, once derelict buildings.

POTSDAM

Potsdam is undoubtedly one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. Nestled in a charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens, which have been on the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list since 1990, turn the capital of the Federal State of Brandenburg into a great travel destination, suiting all sorts of interests and demands.

The Sanssouci palace was the summer residence of Frederick the Great. Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff built it above the terraced vineyard from 1745 to 1747 following the King’s ideas and sketches. The palace is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany. Paintings by Watteau, Panini and Pesne are on exhibit in the picture gallery.

Week-Long Excursion

GERMAN CITY OR INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION

Fall semester students on the FU-BEST program will have the unique opportunity to visit an exciting German or other European city through the program on a week-long excursion. Possible locations may include Munich, Dresden, or Hamburg in Germany, or Budapest, Hungary, Copenhagen, Denmark, London, England, Paris or Strassbourg, France, Prague, Czech Republic, or Vienna, Austria. These week-long excursions change each term, so please check the API website and speak with your Program Manager for details on your semester of interest.