Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Berlin, Germany; Bonn, Germany; Riga, Latvia
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Ways of Seeing and Being: Culture, Photo, and Design, will critically consider how to view, understand, and participate in natural and built environments by comparing two cities –Berlin, Germany, and Riga, Latvia.
Explore how you can engage with people, practice, and place, and contribute to cultural and visual moments through photography, installation, and design. Investigate your presence and personal impact footprint in places and spaces, and develop a nuanced relationship with the cultural, visual, and designed context of your surroundings. A cross-disciplinary focus is an essential thrust of this program – dive into fundamentals spanning the domains of architecture and landscape architecture, graphic design, communications, history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, as well as visual and performance arts. This broad-based approach will fundamentally inform and expand your vision and sense of nuance in engaging life, work, and scholarship in the ever-increasingly global environment.
We will kick-off in Bonn, Germany, with a week of guest lectures, study tours, and preparations for ensuing intensive field studies. As home to the United Nations Campus, Bonn is a vibrant and accessible city in which to explore German and European culture, architecture and history, as well as engage with the first stages of course-related project work. Study tours in the larger Bonn/Cologne region and the Rhineland will create a foundation of important cultural, historic, architectural, design, and environmental topics.
At this program's core, you will spend three weeks immersed in the cities of Berlin, Germany, and Riga, Latvia, to engage in on-site intensive studies of cultural characteristics and their visual representations. Supported by enthusiastic experts in an array of fields, you will become familiarized with local culture, history, design, art, and other relevant aspects of the locale. Under the guidance of instructors and through the course projects, you will develop a nuanced and layered understanding of the ways in which culture, space, history, design, art, and myriad other factors combine to create the unique character of place. You will explore, document, and re-imagine ways of seeing and being.
After travels across Germany and Latvia, we will return to Bonn where you will synthesize your experiences and field research into a coherent and compelling visual product, to be presented to the class and exhibited publicly in Bonn.
Summer: May 11 - June 14, 2020
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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