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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies

Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies


Welcome To LBSU!


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 or beginning graduate students from the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Turkey, and South America are encouraged to apply for this unique program. As a transatlantic bridge and international meeting point for education and exchange, the LBSU examines Jewish life in Germany before and after the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the postwar, post-Holocaust and contemporary experience in relation both to the broader and ever more diverse German society and to other Jewish communities in Israel, the United States and worldwide.

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. The first two modules are taught by a different faculty member. Required assignments include readings, writing, short paper or exam; each module is graded, as is the final project. The modules are taught in seminar style and foster discussion and interaction.

Upon successful completion of the program students are granted 12 ECT credits.


Applications for LBSU 2015 are closed.

The application period for LBSU 2016 will be open in September 2015.


Thanks to a generous grant by the DAAD, LBSU will be able to support students with financial aid. Applicants should submit a letter from their academic instituion affirming their ongoing need for assistance.

The 2015 LBSU summer program runs from July 2 to August 14.

Find out how to apply here.

Download the LBSU 2015 flyer here.


The cost of the program is estimated at 2000 euros, which includes housing, tuition, health insurance, excursions and Berlin city transportation. This fee does not include food, other travel and Internet use.

The LBSU was launched 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 and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

We invite you to learn more about LBSU. Please contact us for more information.


Toby Axelrod, Academic Director

Johanna Wolter, Executive Director




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




Supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation