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 ECTS credits/6 US credits.
Applications for LBSU 2017 are open.
Thanks to a generous grant by the DAAD
, LBSU may be able to support students with financial aid. Applicants should submit a letter from their academic institution affirming their ongoing need for assistance.