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Program Type: Short-term Recommended GPA: 2.75
Living Arrangements: Hostel, Hotel Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Study Abroad Contact: Dominique Brown
Program Description:
Berlin at Sunset

Berlin in Cinema is a ten-day trip to Berlin with side trips to Potsdam and Sachenhausen Concentration Camp. Berlin has a rich history of filmmaking and as a city has been photographed through the many tumultuous changes the city has endured. Students will have the opportunity to observe the filmmaking industry in action and we will also visit many iconic Berlin locations that have been immortalized on film. Pre, post and during the trip, students will compare their assumptions and learned experiences of German cinema and culture to American cinema and culture.

Students will visit sites of cultural significance including museums, galleries and historic venues. Additionally, they will explore the similarities and differences in the architecture and urban planning between Berlin and Chicago, both homes to many Bauhaus buildings.

In terms of film, we will be visiting the following: Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen and production and post-production studios like Studio Babelsberg, UFA Studios and Hansa Studios.


Robert Steel Robert Steel is a composer for cinema, theatre and other media. Credits include the films Hominidae (VR short. World premiere at Sundance.), Oh Baby! , Junk Girl, Edge of Alchemy, Speed Dating and Sleepy Steve, He is an Associate Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University where he runs the DePaul Cinema and Interactive Media Sound Design program and the CDM Sound Studios. He is a recipient of After Dark awards, the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award, a University Research Council Grant, a Global Learning Experience Grant and awards from ASCAP and the Illinois Arts Council.

Savvas Paritsis is a filmmaker, Editor, VFX artist, colorist and Post Production specialist. Savvas has an MFA in Film & TV (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU). He has a background in Architecture (School of the Arts, Berlin) and International Journalism ((The City University, London). He has worked at various times as a storyboarder (including VFX storyboards), cartoonist, comic-book artist, photographer, videographer, script reader, and so on.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course FILM 393/493: Topics in Study Abroad
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Liberal Studies Domain EL (Experiential Learning)
Taught by Robert Steel and Savvas Paritsis
Course description FILM 393/493 Topics in Study Abroad, Berlin in Cinema will cover the history of Berlin as evidenced through cinema and film production. Topics will also include the similarities in architecture and design between Chicago and Berlin.
Class meeting times TBD, approx. 3 course meetings
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

We will be staying in either a hostel or an Ibis branded budget hotel.
  • Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen and production and post-production studios like Studio Babelsberg, UFA Studios and Hansa Studios.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your travel dates. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Germany program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change.  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/01/2020 12/01/2020 03/18/2021 03/28/2021