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Experience Germany

Course periodDec. 3, 2018 - Dec. 14, 2018 Session III
Category Language, Literature & Writing
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

15 students per language group

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 6 CP  if they attend regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline Oct. 12, 2018, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee0.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Detailed information about the application procedure can be obtained directly from the University of Sydney.


This course is desigend for USYD students who are primarily seeking instructions in the German language and culture. It places particular emphasis on understanding cultural differences in authentic contexts. Students will have practical language lessons and receive an introduction to German history, politics, culture and society. They will participate in cultural activities such as visits to museums, theatres and memorial sites.

Course Programm Download (PDF)
Course structure

The German language course comprises a total of 40 hours (53 class units). The language course is held from Monday through Friday in five 45 minutes lectures (units) per day.
Monday through Friday from 9.00 am -  1.10 pm

The subject classes comprise a total of 15 hours (20 class units). All subject classes take place on three days per week in the afternoon.


Language lessons

  • Language lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions
  • Components of the language lessons are:
    - Grammar
    - Conversation
    - Writing
    - Listening and reading comprehension
    - Pronunciation

Subject classes

  • Overview German History (5 Dec.)
  • Nazi Germany - Rise and Fall (6 Dec.)
  • The Cold War and the Berlin Wall (7 Dec.)
  • The Political and Party System of Germany (10 Dec.)
  • Experiencing Postdramatic Theater in Berlin I (12 Dec.)
  • Experiencing Postdramatic Theater in Berlin II (13 Dec.)

Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Daytrip to Potsdam, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Lunch

Student Profile

This course is desigend for USYD undergraduate students who are primarily seeking instructions in the German language and culture.

Students for whom English is not their first language should fulfil one the of the following requirements:
- IELTS score of 6.5
- TOEFL score of 550 points (paper-based), 80 points (internet-based), 213 points (computer-based)
- English Language qualifications as determined by USYD or HU

Students have to be at least 18 years old.

Dr. Susann Neuenfeldt

Dr. phil. Susann Neuenfeldt studied German, English and American Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She did her doctoral thesis „Schauspiele des Sehens: Die Figur der Flaneurin, Voyeurin und Stalkerin“  at the Institute for American Studies on the political relations between visuality and gender. Her postdoctoral studies – from the perspective of artistic research – develop a trauma history for the dental imaginary in the German context.

Dr. phil. Susann Neuenfeldt is currently working as a free lancing scholar of Cultural Studies and director of the Berlin Theatre Collective „Panzerkreuzer.Rotkäppchen“.

Dr. Jochen Hille

Dr. Jochen Hille, born 1972, is a political scientist. His main interests are welfare studies (mainly health and labor market policies), European Integration and the construction of national identity. His regional focus lies on Germany and Norway. He studied and carried out research at Freie Universität Berlin, Philipps University Marburg, Universities of Bergen and Oslo (Norway), ETH Zurich and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Beside the scientific work he is professionally working as a consultant for social policies and as a project manager/social worker in diverse governmental labor market programs. He gained a wide range of teaching skills in governmental programs, in civic education, public schools and by teaching high ranked governmental professionals.


In academia he regularly teaches political sciences and economics on the welfare state at „Berlin School of Economics“, the „University of Cooperative Education Plauen“ and the „University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management“ and occasionally at Best-Sabel University, HTW and Business School Berlin.


In the HUWISU program he has been teaching since 2013 the courses on:

The Berlin Wall
Nazi-Germany – Rise and Fall
German: Social Market Economy – a better Capitalism?

Ms. Renate Graßtat

Renate Graßtat, M. A., is currently teaching German as a Foreign Language, Academic and Creative Writing in several different programs at Humboldt University as well as at other universities. Further, she is working as an examiner at Goethe Institute.

She has been teaching German for many years on all levels. Building on her university degree in German Studies/ Comparative Literature, her qualification as Intercultural Trainer and on her experience as an author of radio programs on cultural issues and an interpreter of various texts, she is also specialized in the field of literature, films and writing in a foreign language.  She is particularly interested in the many possibilities of changing perspectives and the challenges of transferring from one language to another.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin