Berlin & Prague

History, Literature, Culture: European Cities as Sites of Collage

Trip Dates: June 6, 2016 - June 21, 2016

HIST-T190 / ENG-A399 

Prof. Lisa Zwicker, History
Prof. Kelcey Ervick, English

Spend two weeks exploring the interconnected histories of Prague and Berlin.


This study abroad course explores two fascinating European cities: Berlin and Prague. Three weeks of coursework at IU South Bend will focus on the history, literature, culture, and art of Berlin in Prague. Then in 15 days in Europe, students have a chance to visit these cites and experience the history first hand, for example to explore the Prague castle where Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II conducted scientific experiments or walk with the lines on the ground that marked the former Berlin wall. HIST-T190 will provide an overview of Berlin & Prague from the 1500s to the present, providing context for the tensions between the two cities in the 20th century. In ENG-A399 students study the literature of these two cities and create collages in course journals, in the process gaining a new understanding of Prague and Berlin as sites of collage with centuries of history marked by overlapping monuments, buildings, and ruins. The collage journal will include on-site research in an area of choice and will serve as a place to collect souvenirs, photos, and reflections. Upon return, students will learn how to arrange and publish select material into a book.

Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge
Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge


The total cost of the program will be $2,700 plus 6 credits tuition at IUSB and $28.90 for international insurance. This fee includes airfare, travel in Europe, museums and tours, housing, and daily breakfast. Fees may vary slightly as airfare is not yet purchased and accommodation fees vary slightly.


Applications are due Friday, February 5th. A deposit of $300 is due Friday February 19 with the balance paid in full (or by commitment from Financial Aid) by May 9. This program can accommodate 12 students. Preference will be given on a first come, first served basis. Reserve a spot with an early deposit.


This is a 6-week summer program, with travel in Prague and Berlin from Monday June 6-Monday June 27. The classes at IU South Bend meet from 9:00-12:15 Monday-Thursday. Instructional time in Europe includes daily museums, tours, and other guided ventures plus class discussions. Students will have free time for meals and individual exploration.

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall


Accommodations are in central areas. Students will share a room and bathroom with two or three other students in the program.


All IU loans, grants, and scholarships for which participants are eligible may apply toward the program.


This class is open to IU students from all programs and majors. Students will enroll in three credits of HIST-T190 Literary & Intellectual Traditions and three credits in ENG-A399 Art, Aesthics and Creativity.

These classes count toward degree requirements for History Majors and Creative Writing Minors, and toward General Education electives for all students.

All students must be registered IU students with a minimum of sophomore credit status in good standing with a minimum 2.75 GPA.


We will introduce you to basic phrases in German and Czech, but all courses will be taught in English by IUSB professors Lisa Zwicker and Kelcey Ervick.

Checkpoint Charlie Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin


Applications are available online and from the Office of International Programs. Any student desiring to participate in the program should contact:

Dr. Lisa Zwicker, History
DW 3263, 574-520-4231

Dr. Kelcey Ervick, English
DW 3167, 574-520-4503

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Prague Monument Zizka on Horse                  
Prague Monument, Zizka on Horse

All information is subject to change. This brochure is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract.  This is a physically as well as intellectually demanding program. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate some needs.