July 29 – August 6, 2024
Current Programs

An Open Program for Young Professionals in Affiliation with Classrooms Without Borders

Travel to Berlin and Munich on this ten day program to Germany and learn about how the past is remembered and commemorated in contemporary Germany.


Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up –  North American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-North American students and young professionals in their twenties and thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally. A generous government scholarship (a part of the ERP Special Assets of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of US$990 per person. At the same time, Germany Close Up is an independent body regarding the organization and content of its programs. The purpose of the program is to allow participants to gain their own perspective on Germany through individual experience.

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Meet young Jewish and non-Jewish Germans whilst learning about Germany's past and present first hand in Berlin and Munich.

The trips are designed to expose participants to a range of aspects that make up modern Germany, with both the past and present in focus. Every Germany Close Up trip includes a number of activities, tours, and meetings. All trips cover issues related to Germany’s reflection on its past and its efforts to deal with the memory of the Holocaust and the Nazi horror up to this very day. They also consider Germany’s transformation over the last decades into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union with a growing Jewish community. Observing Shabbat and keeping a kosher diet are both possible on all Germany Close Up trips. 

The nine day program between July 29 and August 6 (arrival in Germany is possible from July 28) will expose participants to Berlin’s multicultural life, allow them to visit sites such as a former concentration camp, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and to experience other key historical sites and cultural venues. They will meet with German opinion-makers from the academic and political spheres, representatives of grass roots movements and the Jewish community, as well as German contemporaries. The role of Jewish voices in transatlantic relations will be explored as participants actively contribute to transatlantic dialogue.


The program will focus on the following topics:

  • Berlin and united Germany
  • The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (incl. a visit to a former Concentration Camp)
  • Transatlantic Relations (incl. a meeting with an official of the German Federal Foreign Office)
  • Current German Politics
  • Jewish life in Berlin, past and present
  • German-Israeli relations
  • A visit to Nuremberg and Munich




This fee includes airfare, hotel accommodation in double rooms (3 star), most meals, and ground expenses. The scholarship does not include tipping. Please keep in mind that you will need to pay around 100€ (roughly US$110) for tips.


Participants pay their participation fee indirectly to Germany Close Up by purchasing a multi-city airline ticket. After being accepted to the program, participants are expected to book a multi-city airline ticket arriving into Munich and departing from Berlin with economy class and to provide proof of purchase to Germany Close Up. In most cases, a participant's airline ticket purchase will cover the US$990 fee, and nothing more is owed to Germany Close Up.

Flight reimbursement

If your air fare is lower than US$990, the remainder is due to Germany Close Up in cash in EUROS while you are in Berlin. If your air fare is more than US$990, you may be eligible for a flight reimbursement from Germany Close Up for some of your costs above this amount. Please note that this amount is capped and depends on your point of departure in the United States or Canada. For participants departing from the New York or Washington D.C. greater metropolitan areas the maximum reimbursement available is US$110. (max. flight costs for full reimbursement: US$1.100) For participants departing from elsewhere in the United States or Canada the maximum reimbursement is US$310 (max. flight costs for full reimbursement: US$1.300). Only flight costs above the US$990 participation fee are considered for reimbursement.


For example:

For flight costs from New York of US$1.100, you will be reimbursed US$110.
For flight costs from Pittsburgh of US$1.300, you will be reimbursed US$310.
For flight costs from Los Angeles of US$1.400, you will be reimbursed US$310.


Reimbursement will take place after the program’s conclusion and will be coordinated by Classrooms without Borders. Please note that the reimbursement process can take up to three months.


Please note that miles, credit card points or trip insurances cannot be used for reimbursement purposes.


9 days. July 29 – August 6, 2024

Further information

Application documents

The documents we require to complete your application are:

• An online application form
• A cover letter • A resume
• A 500 word statement of interest
• One letter of recommendation (Classrooms without Borders external)

Application close

March 17, 2024. 

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