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Experience Germany

Course periodDec. 2, 2019 - Dec. 13, 2019 Session III
Category Language, Literature & Creative 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 Sept. 30, 2019, 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  class units. The language course is held from Monday through Friday in four 45 minutes lectures (units) per day.
Monday through Friday from 9.00 am -  12.30 pm

In addition to your German language class you will have to sign up for two subject classes. (Language of instruction: English). You will have to sign up for your subject classes via Moodle (e-Learning platform). The instructions on how to creat a Moodle account and sign up for the courses will be sent to you in a separate email.

Each subject class comprises a total of 8 class units. Subject classes take place 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

  • German Social Market Economy (3.12. and 5.12.)
  • Overview: German History (4.12. and 6.12.)
  • Overview: Political and Party System of Germany (10.12. and 12.12)
  • Experience Culture Through Museums (9.12. and 11.12.)

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

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. 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?

Dr. Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Victoria Bishop Kendzia teaches the course: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Her teaching method, although anthropologically inflected, is interdisciplinary in nature and is, therefore, not limited to the social sciences. It appeals to students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds from history to art, through to geography, theology, and politics. The focus of her work is on the urban landscape, especially, but not only, museums and memorials in and around Berlin.  In this context, locations are approached as field sites that can be read, explored, and critically analyzed as dynamic sites that project and reframe key aspects of history and culture, focusing on issues of interreligious significance.  The urban laboratory that is Berlin is particularly well-suited to this endeavor, given the historical and cultural upheavals it has witnessed during the 20th century.

She has a background in Museum Studies, having completed her master’s degree in this field from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts Honours at the same university in 1999.  She has been publishing scholarly articles in her field since 2009 and teaching at the university level since 2008.

In 2013, she obtained her doctoral degree at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Kaschuba and Prof. Sharon Macdonald, with an ethnographic dissertation on visitor experience in the context of political education at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Her book “Visitors to the House of Memory: Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin”, based on her empirical research, is now available:


The book’s introduction:


TBA - Qualified language teachers

The lecturers all have academic degrees and international teaching experience. In the varied teaching sessions they are highly committed to the learning progress of the students.

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