March 07-15, 2020
Current Programs

An Open Student Program in Affiliation with University of Miami Hillel

For the first time, Germany Close Up and University of Miami Hillel will offer a joint program for students. Join us for our first program in 2020 from March 7 - 15!


Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – 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 Economics and Technology) covers more than two thirds of participation costs, which leaves a participation fee of $999 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.

Explore contemporary Germany in Berlin and one other German city whilst learning about the German past, present society, and its current Jewish community.

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 9-day program between March 07 and 15 (start in the US will be March 06) 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 German-American 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/German-American relations (incl. a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)
  • Current German Politics
  • Jewish Life in Berlin, past and present
  • German-Israeli relations
  • A visit to a city outside Berlin




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 50€ (roughly US$55) for tips.

Participants pay their participation fee indirectly to Germany Close Up by purchasing their round-trip airline ticket. After being accepted to the program, participants are expected to book their roundtrip airline ticket to Berlin with economy class and to provide proof of purchase to Germany Close Up.
*Please note: UM Hillel will be booking all participants' flights on their behalf.*

In most cases, a participant's airline ticket purchase will cover the US$999 fee, and nothing more is owed to Germany Close Up.

Flight reimbursement

If your air fare is lower than $999, the remainder is due to Germany Close Up following the program’s conclusion. If your air fare is more than $999, 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 $10. For participants departing from Miami or elsewhere in Florida/the US the maximum reimbursement is $30 (max. flight costs for reimbursement $1010 / $1100). Only flight costs above the $999 participation fee are considered for reimbursement. 

For example:

For flight costs from the New York of $1100, you will be reimbursed $11.

For flight costs from Miami / FL of $1100, you will be reimbursed $31.

For flight costs from Miami / FL of $1200, you will be reimbursed $31.

Reimbursement will take place several weeks after the program’s conclusion and will be coordinated by UM Hillel. Please note that the reimbursement process can take up to three months.


Nine days. March 07 - 15, 2020

Further information

Application documents

Cover letter


Statement of interest (500 words)

One letter of recommendation (Hillel external)

Application close

Application closes on November 11

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