June 9 - August 22, 2008
The renowned Freie Universität Berlin (which was named in 2007 as of the nine "universities of excellence" in Germany) has developed a uniqueprogram to provide outstanding young journalism students – who may themselves come to have a significant influence on international opinion-shaping – with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the society, culture, values, and political attitudes in Germany. During this time of transition and change in transatlantic relations and the German-American relationship, this program will expose American students with a particular interest in Germany to the changing global political circumstances on location in Germany. Freie Universität Berlin (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html
The program consists of two complementary segments. The first six weeks will be spent at the Freie Universität Berlin, where participants will expand their academic understanding of the politics, society and culture of Germany, and the country's current social conditions and media scene. With these theoretical building blocks in place, participants will do a week of project work with journalism students from the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and subsequently embark on an intensive four-week internship with a German newspaper, magazine or radio station.