CANCELED: 2020 Summer Course: Berlin, Brussels, and Beyond

In light of the University's developing response to COVID-19, Nanovic Institute has canceled this 2020 group summer course.

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European History, Politics, and Society: Global and Regional Challenges
May 23 - June 13, 2020 (Undergraduate Seminar in Berlin)

  • Seminar taught in English

  • Excursions in Germany and Europe 

  • Cost is $4,900 per undergraduate student

  • Credits also satisfy the History Core Curriculum requirement

Within the past decade a host of chronic and acute problems have threatened to upset the institutions and norms which have structured European societies for a generation. Russia has used “hybrid warfare” to undermine European solidarity, destabilize governments, and disrupt security organizations like NATO, all in an effort to expand Moscow’s influence in Eastern Europe. Europe confronts this acute challenge in the shadow of global climate change.

This three-credit residential seminar, hosted in Berlin from 23 May – 13 June 2020, will analyze a selection of the most pressing challenges facing European governments and institutions today. 


German language ability is not required. Course activities will be in English. Through seminar meetings and readings, students will examine the history of each challenge in post-1945 Europe, the contemporary state of affairs, and potential strategies European states and institutions might use to address them. Excursions in Germany and Europe will allow students to engage with scholars, activists, and representatives of European institutions currently addressing these same issues.

This seminar counts toward the Global Affairs (suppl.) major in Transnational European Studies and for the Minor in European Studies through the College of Arts and Letters. 

Students from all majors and colleges are welcome. 

If you have questions about the course or the application process please contact Dr. Mark T. Kettler ( or Anna Dolezal (