Internships and Classes
The main orientation for all students takes place during the first few days the program. Orientation includes informational, cultural, and social activities to acquaint students with each other and with life and business culture in Germany. All aspects of the program are covered in detail during these meetings. Internships and classes begin after orientation.
(Unpaid, Academic Work-Placements)
Since the 1970s we have provided internship placements for our students initiating their professional life for a better future. All students work at their internships for at least 20 hours per week.
Berlin offers placements for political science and international relations majors with strong German language skills. EPA is proud to be one of the few organizations that can offer internships in the German Parliament, or Bundestag. Interns have worked for Members of Parliament and for governmental offices within the Bundestag as well.
Bonn and Cologne offer a wide range of internships with cultural and business organizations for students with strong German skills. We are always expanding our offerings, and we pride ourselves on our personalized approach.
Politics in Reunited Germany
This course is an introduction to German politics, with a special emphasis on the political parties and the party system and on the issues of German unity. Other topics include comparative politics with comparisons to the political systems of the United States and other countries.
Arts and Culture in its Historical Context
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the art of the period, relating it to the music and literature of the era. The course will provide an over-view of the most important examples of German literature; reading, analyzing and discussing the texts in German will be an essential part of this course, as are the field trips.
The program in Germany is the only one of EPA’s programs where the classes are not held at a local university. Participants cannot be directly enrolled at the local universities due to the fact that the academic calendar at German universities does not match that of the American semester system. However, all of the professors teaching the EPA courses hold teaching or research posts at German universities or equivalent institutions
EPA does not offer a summer session in Berlin. Students who desire to intern during the summer should consider Bonn/Cologne.