The program is held in Berlin, Germany's vibrant political and cultural capital. Upon arriving in Berlin, participants will begin a four-week intensive German course at the CDC language school. An introductory seminar on German politics will be held in the first week, and participants will begin site visits to government buildings and policy institutions, while enjoying some of Berlin's finest cultural offerings.
Following the completion of language instruction, participants travel to a Landtag (regional parliament) outside of Berlin to gain exposure to regional government in Germany. In the final week of the program, participants will keep a busy schedule of site visits and discussions, gaining insights into the inner workings of a wide variety of institutions, such as governing bodies, think-tanks, advocacy groups, and political parties. Discussions and meetings highlight current "hot topics" in Germany's political arena such as environmental policy, immigration issues, and European integration.
The program is based in Radolfzell am Bodensee, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Constance in Baden-Wuerttemburg, and offers excursions throughout the region, one of Germany's leading areas in the production and implementation of renewable energy techniques. Upon arriving in Germany, participants begin a four-week-long intensive German course at the CDC Radolfzell language school.
The language courses are augmented by 2-3 weekly excursions and events designed to provide an overview of Germany's renewable energy practices. These excursions will approach the renewable energy question from a variety of angles, covering multiple energy sources (including solar, wood, and refuse) and addressing environmental and energy policy as well as practical implementations of alternative energy sources.
Candidates for the language programs must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted via email by Sunday, April 1, 2012.