Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies


The Leo Baeck Summer University is a six-week summer school in Jewish studies, conducted in the English language, at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, under the umbrella of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Advanced undergraduate, beginning graduate students or doctoral students from the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Turkey, and South America are encouraged to apply for this unique program.

LBSU focuses on Jewish life in Germany from the 19th to 21st century and its relationship to other Jewish communities worldwide.

The first module, Modern German-Jewish history and the Holocaust, post-war years, reunification and current migration issues, covers the history of German Jewry from the 18th to the early 20th century and from the Nazi to the post-war period. We are adding a special emphasis in 2016, looking at how Germany’s Jewish community has been affected by both the post-Soviet Jewish immigration over the last 25 years, and today’s massive influx of Muslim refugees.

Our second module also has new focus in 2016: The South American Dream: European Jews in Latin America. This module intends to integrate Latin America into the greater picture of modern Jewish history. Throughout the program, students will be introduced to current issues in Jewish life in Germany today.

Advanced undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are encouraged to apply. Upon successful completion of the program students are granted 12 ECTS credits, transferable to home institutions.

Students in the advanced program are enrolled in a daily, three-hour morning academic seminar for the first five weeks, and carry out intensive project work during the final week. Throughout the six-week program, they attend professionally led excursions, workshops and lectures in the afternoon. Required assignments include readings, writing, short paper or exam; each module is graded. The modules are taught in seminar style and foster discussion and interaction. Upon successful completion of the program students are granted 12 ECT credits.

The LBSU was launched in 2007 with funding from the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany via the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Among its present and past supporters are the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Germany and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). We invite you to learn more about LBSU.

The cost of the program is estimated at 2,000 Euros, which includes housing, tuition, health insurance, excursions and Berlin city transportation. This fee does not include food and travel to/from Berlin.

Thanks to grants by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, LBSU will be able to support students with financial aid. Applicants should submit a letter from their academic institution affirming their ongoing need for assistance.

LBSU is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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