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Jacks Start Abroad - Germany

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Germany - Conflict, Division and Unity

Application Deadline: To Be Determined | Program Dates: March 4-13, 2021

Program Cost: To Be Determined

SDSU's Jacks Start Abroad is a unique academic opportunity for incoming students to earn college credit and learn about history, art, architecture, culture, law, politics, and sources of Germany pride. The students will benefit from the theme-focused itinerary that begins with a guided city tour.

A bike tour focused on the Third Reich and Nazi Germany will help students explore Berlin close up. The group will visit the German Resistance Memorial Center and the Wannsee Conference Center where the "final solution" to the Jewish question was discussed. The program will visit Sachsenhausen Museum and Memorial for a guided visit to learn about the harsh daily schedules of prisoners and the routines of the SS officers. Finally, we will visit Tempelhof Airport which as an expression of Nazi ideology and eventually became a gateway to freedom for many people.

The program will move to Potsdam and visit Sanssouci Palace, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Students will visit Cecilienhof Palace where the leaders of the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and United States made important decisions affecting the shape of post-World War II Europe and Asia.

The program will shift its focus from WWII to the Cold War. On a guided tour, students will learn about the death strip and the Berlin Wall, escape attempts from East Germany and the methods of the Stasi. Following the tour, we will visit the Stasi Museum. The program then explores subways and bunkers that were reactivated or newly built for a possible nuclear war.

Berlin is a unique city that has more canals than Venice. Students will have the opportunity to explore Berlin from the Spree River on a canoe tour. The program will explore the large variety of street art styles and create their own piece to bring back to the United States.

All experiences will give students a new picture of conflict within Germany, as well as help students identify their own conflict styles, how they will approach conflicts as freshmen, as well as numerous skills that will jumpstart strong success for the first year of college.