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 University, 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 four weeks, and carry out intensive project work during the final two weeks. 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. 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 application process for LBSU 2014 is open (Deadline: March 1, 2014)
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.
The LBSU summer program runs from July 3 to August 16, 2014.
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 of Germany 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
Michelle Piccirillo, Executive Director (currently on leave)