Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Germany North to South


Germany North to South: A Cultural & Historical Journey

Germany is a country rich in history and culture that stretches back thousands of years.  Go beyond the stereotypes to get a better understanding of modern Germany.  Explore history firsthand by visiting Berlin, Dresden, Meissen, Nuremberg and Rothenburg.   

Location(s)  Berlin, Dresden, and Nuremberg, Germany
Term   Spring 2020

Choice of:

  • ANTH 379, 3 sh
  • ANTH 679, 3 sh
  • HIST 379, 3 sh
  • HIST 679, 3 sh
Class Sessions In-person on the Macomb campus April 20 & 27, 2020.  Times/location TBA 
Travel Dates May 19-30, 2020
Housing   Hostel & hotels
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Judicial Good status
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   Yes
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Entry Requirements

Passport required--must be valid until November 30, 2020.

Visa required if not a US citizen.  It is your responsibility to check the  German Consulate General in Chicago's website for more information.  Visa costs not included in program cost.

Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you are on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect to walk 5-8 miles/day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage. 

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s/low 70s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection is strongly recommended. 

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into Germany.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessability and accommodation are very different than than found in the United States.  Please contact Disability Resources for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from DR; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Important Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,500-$3,900  based on previous offerings
Included in the program Roundtrip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, multi-bedded lodging, entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline November 10, 2019
Non-refundable Deposit $1,000 due December 6, 2019
Second payment $1,000 due January 31, 2020
Third Payment $1,000 due February 28, 2020
Final Payment $710 due March 31st, 2020

*Costs subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline:  January 31, 2020  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs. 

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2020



Credit offered

ANTH 379 - Can be used as a substitute for ANTH 201 or ANTH 305 or as a Directed elective for Anthropology majors/minors

ANTH 679 - Can count towards completion of a MA in Sociology

HIST 379 - Counts as an upper-division elective for History majors/minors

HIST 679 - Counts toward completion of a MA in History

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.


  • Gain a better understanding of how Germany's history influences contemporary German life
  • Use Anthropological methods and theories in a country and culture not your own
  • Understand the connection between history and culture
  • Explore the various regions of Germany, visiting sites of great historical and cultural significance


Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad or Dr. Ute Chamberlin.

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Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad
Faculty leader

Morgan Room 408



Dr. Ute Chamberlin
Faculty leader

Morgan Room 445


Information Sessions

September 23, 12 pm (noon), Morgan 322

October 9, 12 pm (noon), Morgan 322

October 31, 1 pm, Morgan 208