Exploring migration and culture in Germany



Frankfurt an der Oder, Berlin, Germany

Description of the program

This program will focus on societal challenges with migration in Germany and Poland – exploring in depth the history, culture and support of refugees in the surrounding regions. Students will travel to Frankfurt an der Oder and participate in a program in collaboration with the European University Viadrina. Students will participate in guest lectures, site visits and field trips, and interact with local and international students. Through these activities, students will discover/experience the positive and negative implications of migration for Frankfurt (Oder), history and politics in the eastern part of Germany and how Frankfurt (Oder) supports refugees . Students will also spend 2-3 nights in Berlin where they will visit the city and compare the outlook and growth of residents in Frankfurt an der Oder.

Description of location

The majority of this program will take place in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany at the Viadrina European University. Viadrina is a university in the heart of Europe with a unique international and interdisciplinary character. Our students and lecturers come from 80 different countries. International aspects of law, economics, and social and cultural sciences feature particularly prominently in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the three faculties.

The so-called “German gateway to the East”, Frankfurt an der Oder, is relatively small, with a population of around 74,000. The nearby town of Slubice, with a population of 17,000, is just a short walk across the bridge, adding its own entertainment scene. There are a multitude of scenic and historical attractions around Frankfurt an der Oder. The surroundings are of great scenic beauty with its green wooded areas and clear lakes.

The capital of Germany, Berlin, with all its theatres, bars and historical sites is only 60 km away. It is known as a global city of culture, politics, media and science, but a walk through the famous districts of Neukölln and Kreuzberg is also worthwhile.

The geographical position of our university right on the border of Germany and Poland means that our students cross borders daily in their academic and private lives, creating an international atmosphere. At the same time, the German capital Berlin is only an hour away by train. Warsaw and Prague are about 5 hours away.


Katie Sensabaugh | [email protected] | Global Engagement Center


Students will stay in the Viadrina dormitories during their stay in Frankfurt an der Oder. The group will stay in a hotel/hostel for a few nights in Berlin.

Additional Things to Consider

Must have a valid passport. No visa is required to travel to Germany.

Round-trip airfare is NOT included in the program fee. Students will travel independently to Germany where they will meet with program directors. More details will be shared upon acceptance.

Application criteria

Applicants must be an INCOMING FIRST YEAR or NEW TRANSFER STUDENT to JMU for Fall 2022.

Application process

This list serves as an overview of the application. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Online Application to Study Abroad ($40 fee)
  • Short essay
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty

Further details and instructions on these application requirements will be available upon login.

This program is for incoming JMU freshmen and transfer students FILED for Fall 2022 only.


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