Thursday, December 15, 2011

Summer Program in Berlin: Deadline for applications approaching fast

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies
Berlin, Humboldt University

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, is open to international applications for the 2012 summer session (July 5 to August 17). The application deadline is January 15, 2012 (with a grace period for applicants outside Germany).

LBSU is accredited through the ECTS system; upon full completion of the program a student is eligible for 12 credit points.

The demanding academic program is composed of three modules dealing with Jewish history in Germany up to and after the Holocaust, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Germany. Morning lectures are augmented by afternoon excursions as well as meetings with local Jewish leaders and guest speakers from the world of art, media, politics and religion. In addition, LBSU offers the opportunity for students to network, exchange ideas with peers and to learn about modern Germany's confrontation with the Holocaust. In 2011, the program had 24 students with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, coming from the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The cost for one student to attend the six-week program, including tuition, lodging and excursions, is 2,500 Euro (currently $3,378). We may have partial scholarships available; please ask.

Applicants must send the following as PDF files to by Jan. 15, 2012 (plus a grace period):

1) A brief curriculum vitae (name, age, citizenship, field of study, home university, description of previous experiences, internships, etc.)
2) A personal statement and letter of purpose
3) For non-native speakers of English, a statement from a professor or instructor attesting to your facility to read, speak and write in English
4) A letter of reference sent directly to LBSU by your academic advisor / professor as an attachment via e-mail

For more information, see our website: (we are updating it for 2012). And don't hesitate to contact our academic director, Toby Axelrod, with questions about the program and your application:

All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2012.

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