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					GLBT History & Activism in
Amsterdam & Berlin
                                 ON-SITE GUIDE
May 2011

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Important Names &                                                 Know Before You Go
Addresses                                                         Before you leave the country, make sure that you have read
                                                                  and understood the information in your Confirmation
                                                                  Checklist, the Health & Safety Online Orientation (available
To assist you with your study abroad planning, the Learning       in your orientation checklist), and the Learning Abroad
Abroad Center provides a full range of services from              Center’s policies (www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/
preliminary program advising to assistance with re-entry. As      policiesacademicstravel.php). These materials will guide you
you read through this handbook, do not hesitate to contact        on a safe and successful learning abroad experience.
the Learning Abroad Center with any questions.

In the United States                                              Friends and Family Resources
Learning Abroad Center                                            Valuable resources for your friends and family members can
University of Minnesota                                           be found at www.UMabroad.umn.edu/parents. Topics such
230 Heller Hall                                                   as health and safety, program prices, logistics, and travel are
271 19th Avenue South                                             discussed.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0430
Tel: 612.626.6712
Toll Free: 1.888.700.UOFM
Fax: 612.626.8009
Email: tschi066@umn.edu
www.UMabroad@umn.edu
Sarah Tschida, Associate Program Director*
Christine Anderson, Program Director
*Sarah is the primary student contact person, and participants
who have questions should contact her. Her email and
telephone number are listed above.
In case of emergency, you or your friends and family members
should feel free to contact the Learning Abroad Center at
612.626.9000. After business hours, there will be a recording
giving a pager number to call for emergencies. The Learning
Abroad Center has someone on-call 24 hours per day to deal
with emergencies. This person will contact the on-site staff as
needed.
Anne Phibbs, Program Leader
Director of GLBTA Programs Office
Phone: 612.625.8519
Email: phib0001@umn.edu
We encourage you to make a copy of this page to give to your
friends and family members.




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Table of Contents
About This Guide ................................................4
About Global Seminars .......................................4
Preparation and Planning ..................................4
   Documents...............................................................................4
   Money ......................................................................................4
   Considerations During Planning ..............................................5

Health and Safety ...............................................5
   Health Insurance .....................................................................5
   Immunizations and Vaccinations.............................................6
   Safety Precautions...................................................................6

Arrival Logistics ..................................................6
Practical and Program Information ...................6
   Group Dynamics ......................................................................6
   FERPA ......................................................................................6

On-Site Support ..................................................6
   Housing and Meals ..................................................................6
   Communications......................................................................7

Academics ..........................................................7
   Program Leader ......................................................................7
   Program Structure ..................................................................7
   Course .....................................................................................7
   Books and Materials ................................................................7

Life in Amsterdam ..............................................7
   Climate ....................................................................................7
   Government ............................................................................7
   The Arts ...................................................................................8
   Language .................................................................................8

Life in Berlin .......................................................8
   Climate ....................................................................................8
   Berlin Today .............................................................................8
   Zero Intolerance ......................................................................8
   Language .................................................................................9
   Solutions for Common Communication Difficulties ................9
   Entertainment..........................................................................9
   Food and Meals .....................................................................10
   Electricity ...............................................................................10
   Cultural Adjustment ..............................................................10

Coming Home ...................................................10
Cultural Adjustment .........................................12
Appendix...........................................................13

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About This Guide                                                   Preparation and
This handbook provides information about the academ¬ics
                                                                   Planning
and housing of your Global Seminar. It also begins to
familiarize you with some cultural specifics of your host          Documents
country. The information is intended to begin preparing            You will need a valid passport, valid for at least 6 months past
you for your upcoming experience. It offers an overview on         your intended return date.
certain topics, but not comprehensive information. You are
encouraged to read other sources of information about your         For information on obtaining a passport, visit:
destination city and country in preparation for your stay. You     www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/
will find a resource list at the end of this handbook. You may     policiesacademicstravel/travel/documents.php.
also want to check online and your local library for additional    You may also want to purchase an Interna¬tional Student
resources. The better prepared you are prior to your departure,    Identity Card (ISIC), which can get you ad¬ditional
the more quickly you will adjust and be able to function           discounts if you plan to travel independently after the
effectively in your host country.                                  program. Applications are available online. You can find more
As you read through this handbook, do not hesitate to contact      information at http://www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/
the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota          policiesacademicƒstravel/travel.php
with any questions.                                                If you are not a US citizen, it is your responsibility to check
                                                                   with your own consulate and the host country’s consulate or
                                                                   embassy for special travel document requirements (re-entry
About Global Seminars                                              permits, etc.). This process may also take time to complete, so
                                                                   it is very important to take care of this immediately.
                                                                   Your passport and other vital travel documents should be
Global Seminars are an amazing way to learn about a subject        kept safe. If your passport is lost or stolen, you should contact
in another country. You not only learn in the classroom and        the local police and the American Consulate or Em¬bassy
from a professor, but also from the culture and people around      immediately.
you. All of your senses will be stimulated and this experience
can feel overwhelming at times.                                    Keep copies of all of the following documents and phone
                                                                   numbers to report them if they are lost or stolen. Store these
Your classmates, program leader, and on-site partner can all be    in a safe place, such as in your carry-on luggage.
a source of support as you adjust to your new environment.
However, the ultimate success of this unique opportunity             •	 Passport
depends on your ability and commitment to make the most of           •	 Airline ticket
the experience and to adjust effectively to the changes you will     •	 Insurance policy
encounter.                                                           •	 ATM card and credit card with emergency number
                                                                     •	 Phone numbers at home in case of an emergency
Global Seminars are an academic experience. As is expected           •	 Driver’s license
when you are on campus, on the Global Seminar you
are expected to attend classes and fulfill all of the course
require¬ments. Remember, since this is a three-week                Money
condensed course, missing one day of class can mean missing        Personal spending habits vary too greatly to state exactly how
a lot of material. You are also encouraged to take advantage of    much it will cost to live abroad. The amount depends on
being in such a unique location by experiencing the culture        your personal spending habits, the amount of traveling you
you are visiting. Be prepared to manage your time so you can       plan to do, and the value of the dollar. Please take these into
achieve both academic success and cultural exploration. It is      consideration when planning. You may want to refer to the
best to plan most independent travel after the program.            budget estimate for this program, which can be found at:
                                                                   http://www.UMabroad.umn.edu/programs/europe/gs-
                                                                   netherlandsgermany/fees.php

                                                                   Currency
                                                                   Both the Netherlands and Germany use the Euro. You can
                                                                   check the current exchange rate at www.xe.net/ucc. Be certain
                                                                   to do so before you travel since the value fluctuates daily.


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Debit Card                                                          Students of Color
One of the easiest and least expensive means of obtaining           You may wish to consult the resources available at the
money is at an ATM. Using a debit card is very convenient           Learning Abroad Center on issues related to students of
because you don’t have to worry about bank hours or pay             color and learning abroad. Also, program-specific material
the commission for converting your money, and ATMs are              may include information more specific to the host culture. If
readily available in Europe. The drawback is that if you have a     you have questions about the country in which you will be
problem with your magnetic strip or your card is lost, you will     studying, do not hesitate to contact a Learning Abroad Center
have to wait for another card to be sent to you. This problem       staff member.
can be avoided by having a back-up method.
                                                                    For additional resources, you can contact the Office for Equity
                                                                    and Diversity at www.academic.umn.edu/equity.
Credit Card
In Amsterdam, all the major international cards are                 Students With Disabilities
recognized, and most hotels, restaurants and major stores
accept them—but always check first to avoid disappointment.         Many of the disability accommodations or services that are
Germany is still a largely cash-based society. Although major       provided at US universities may be different or unavailable
credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in central           overseas. Being in a new environment can also be stressful,
Berlin, it’s best not to assume that you’ll be able to use one.     and accommodations that you may not have needed at home
With that said, a credit card is a good resource for emergency      may become necessary in an unfamiliar setting. Participants
                                                                    with any kind of diability, whether hidden or visible, should
situations.
                                                                    contact the Learning Abroad Center in advance to discuss their
                                                                    particular needs.
Lost or Stolen Debit/Credit Cards
Carry phone numbers of the debit/credit card company with
you on your Global Seminar (make sure you have numbers
that can be accessed from abroad), and keep them separate           Health and Safety
from your cards. This way you can report the missing cards
without delay.
                                                                    Refer to these sites for health and travel information:
Safeguarding Your Money and Documents                               Consular Information Sheet
Be careful with your money. Pickpockets do exist and                www.travel.state.gov
generally strike when you are in a crowd. Another common
                                                                    Health Information for Travelers to the Netherlands and
place to lose money to thieves is on trains when traveling at
                                                                    Germany
night. A money belt is a good idea to have when traveling. If
                                                                    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/netherlands.aspx
your money is lost or stolen, your international insurance can
assist you in obtaining emergency cash.                             http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/Germany.
                                                                    aspx

Considerations During Planning                                      AIDS/HIV Prevention
                                                                    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2010/chapter-5/hiv-
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues                        aids.aspx
Attitudes towards sexuality vary greatly from country to            Food & Water Precautions
country. Some cultures are open about homosexuality, and            http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/safe-food-water.aspx
strong gay communities exist in many cities. However,
some cultures and peoples are intolerant of different sexual
preferences, and strict taboos or laws against such relationships   Health Insurance
may exist. We encourage you to find out how different sexual
                                                                    Every student will be provided with CISI international health
preferences are viewed overseas and where your support
                                                                    insurance while participating on a Global Seminar. Be sure to
may exist, so that your time overseas can be as enriching as
                                                                    pay attention to the Online Health & Safety orientation to get
possible. Consult your program guide or program sponsor for
                                                                    more information about your insurance coverage and health
more information on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
                                                                    and safety issues.
issues in your country of choice.
                                                                    You will receive an email from enrollments@culturalinsurance.
For additional resources, you can contact the Office for Equity
                                                                    com prior to your departure. This email will provide
and Diversity at www.academic.umn.edu/equity.
                                                                    information about your insurance plan as well as a card that
                                                                    you can print out and carry with you.


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Immunizations and Vaccinations                                     respectful to your fellow classmates.

We recommend that you consult with a travel physician or           Another characteristic of a successful group can be seen in
travel nurse prior to departure to discuss your travel plans and   the interaction of its members. Finding the strength in each
what immunizations or vaccinations may be required.                person and letting them do what they are good at is useful to
                                                                   the group. Likewise, supporting each other in moments that
                                                                   are difficult is also important. In this way the group can use
Safety Precautions                                                 the different skills of each member to surpass any challenge.

It is important to consider safety issues and use common sense
while traveling. No students should travel alone at night, and     FERPA
you should always keep your personal belongings hidden. Use
caution when giving out your address or phone number.              It is important to be aware that the Learning Abroad
                                                                   Center and the Office of Student Finance, in compliance
You should consult the US State Department Travel advisories       with the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy
for up-to-date information on travel precautions for the           Act of 1974 (FERPA) and Regents policy, cannot share
country where you will be studying. Travel advisories are          financial information with a third party (including
available for reference in the Learning Abroad Center or at        parents, spouse, guardians, etc.) without your written
www.travel.state.gov.                                              permission. You can download a Student Information
                                                                   Release Authorization at onestop.umn.edu. Complete the
                                                                   form and send it to OneStop Student Services, 200 Fraser

Arrival Logistics                                                  Hall, 106 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. The
                                                                   Learning Abroad Center must receive a copy of a notarized
                                                                   Power of Attorney form in order to share any program-
                                                                   specific information.
Check the Village Travel website for your flight information:
http://www.villageinc.com/Global%20Seminar%20
AmsterdamBerlin%202011.htm.
When you arrive in Amsterdam, you will be met by IES staff         On-Site Support
and transferred from the airport to your housing.
                                                                   IES Abroad will provide the on-site support for this course.
                                                                   You can learn more about IES Abroad by visiting their
Practical and Program                                              website: https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/home.html.

Information                                                        Housing and Meals
                                                                   You will live in hostel housing in both Amsterdam and Berlin.
                                                                   A welcome and farewell meal is provided. In Amsterdam,
Group Dynamics                                                     breakfast is provided every morning along with a few dinners.
Global Seminars are unique within study abroad programs            Breakfast in Berlin is also provided. Other meals can be eaten
because of the strong emphasis on the group. Studying abroad       at the countless cafes and restaurants around Amsterdam and
in a group can be a very rewarding experience. It is common        Berlin.
to form strong bonds with people and make life long friends.
Working together and relying on each other has led to positive
and successful study abroad experiences. Many Global
Seminar groups organize reunions long after the program has
ended.
In order to make the most of the group experience it is
impor¬tant to maintain some basic principles of living
and studying together. Respect for each other’s differences
is intrinsic to living and studying in a group successfully.
Some differ¬ences can be obvious such as gender, religion,
disabilities, or national origin, while others are less obvious
such as learning disabilities or social class. As you are
preparing to be open-minded and respectful to the differences
of another culture, also prepare to be open-minded and

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Communications                                                          Course
                                                                        Students who successfully complete the program will receive
Telephone                                                               3 credits for GLBT 3610. The course has been approved for
(Amsterdam) For public telephones, cards are available at post          the following Liberal Education requirements: Historical
offices, train station counters, VVV and GWK offices and                Perspective and Global Perspectives.
tobacco shops. KPN’s card is the most common but there are
many competitors.                                                       Grades will be posted in the summer, three to four weeks after
                                                                        returning from the program. You will register yourself for the
(Berlin) Most public pat phones only work with Deutsche                 placeholder credits. The Learning Abroad Center will provide
Telecom (DT) phonecards, which are available at post                    registration instructions via email.
offices, newsagents, and tourist offices. For long distance
or international calls, prepaid calling cards issued by other           See the course syllabus for further details about program’s
companies tend to offer better rates than DT’s.                         structure and coursework.

Mail
Post offices in both Amsterdam and Berlin are ubiquitous and
                                                                        Books and Materials
it costs about 1 Euro to send a postcard outside of Europe.             You will be required to purchase textbooks before your
                                                                        departure, unless otherwise indicated by your program leader.
Internet Access                                                         You will need a notebook and pens/pencils during class. These
                                                                        can be brought from home or purchased abroad, although
Internet cafes abound and all hostels and many hotels offer
                                                                        they are often more expensive than U.S. products.
internet terminals for their guests. High-speed access is
increasingly common as is wireless service, and not only
in hotels courting a business clientele. Many cafes and
restaurants also offer wi-fi, usually at not charge with a
purchase.
                                                                        Life in Amsterdam
                                                                        From the Lonely Planet Guidebook

Academics
                                                                        Climate
Program Leader                                                          Try as you will, there’s not really a bad time to visit
Anne Phibbs, Director of the GLBTA Programs Office will                 Amsterdam. In any given month the festivals and celebrations
be your program leader. As the program leader, she will be in           will keep you going non-stop, and in a rare lull there are
regular communication with IES Abroad administrative staff              plenty of museums and exhibitions to hold your interest.
and should be your first contact for academic matters. For              When the weather warms up, Amsterdammers rejoice by
emergencies and logistical concerns while in the Netherlands            flocking into the streets, canals and parks, and cafes happily
and Germany please contact IES Abroad staff.                            move their seating outdoors.
                                                                        Amsterdam has a temperate maritime climate with cool
                                                                        winters and mild summers. The best time to go is May (when
Program Structure                                                       the tulips are out) to August, when the weather is most
Classes will be held at the IES Abroad center. Instruction will         reliable.
consist of a combination of classroom discussion and group
projects as well as field trips to significant sites. Excursions will
take place throughout the program. You will also have some              Government
free time for your own travel and exploration.                          Amsterdam is the capital city, and it certainly looks and
The program is designed to be academically rigorous, but it is          feels like one. But due to a quirk of history, the functions of
up to each individual student to maintain good study habits             state are actually 60km away in The Hague. The national
and complete assignments on time. It is also mandatory to be            government is presided over by the Prime Minister, currently
on time for group excursions.                                           Mark Rutte.

If you have a personal emergency that requires you to return            The national government has made some conciliatory noises
from the program early, you must speak with the program                 on immigration recently, for example for granting an amnesty
leader in advance to discuss the possibility of an incomplete.          in 2007 to 30,000 immigrants without papers to give them
                                                                        a chance to be registered legally. Still, the admission of
                                                                        immigrants is now restricted to a few narrow categories, such

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                                                                      Life in Berlin
as people whose skills serves the ‘national interest.’
Other key issues include a new smoking ban in restaurants,
bars and cafes, as well as the ongoing containment of
coffeeshops. The city of Rotterdam is closing over one-               From the Lonely Planet Guidebook
third of its coffeeshops, saying they are too close to schools;
Amsterdam, with 200 coffeeshops of its own, has decided not
to follow suit—for now.                                               Climate
                                                                      Berlin has a moderately cool and humid climate and is
The Arts                                                              generally comfortable to visit any time of year. The weather
                                                                      is most pleasant in summer, which is rarely suffocatingly
Strange how some of the world’s best known artists get by on          hot (usually around 25 C), the occasional heat wave not
just one name, like Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Even without              withstanding. Spring is beautiful but can be slow to arrive,
this duo, the Netherlands have contributed more than their            even if jackets are sometimes stripped off as early as April.
fair share of famous painters to the world’s pantheon of art.
The influence of these masters runs like a red thread through
Dutch history and along the way, fostered a huge respect for          Berlin Today
artistic expression—music, the performing arts, graphics,
photography, and multimedia, for starters.                            Variety is not just the spice of life in Berlin—it’s the main
                                                                      ingredient, the heart of everything that drives and defines
In Amsterdam it comes as little surprise to find the fine-            one of Europe’s most unpredictable capitals. The city is very
arts scene is second to none, with an astounding 40,000               much a product of its time, scarred but never destroyed by its
performances and events every year. This is a creative center         traumatic history, and much of the unique atmosphere here
rather than just a caretaker of past traditions, and the              stems from constantly having to adapt to new circumstances
enthusiasm shows on a daily basis.                                    and upheavals.
In other cities, streets are named for political leaders or           From division to reunification, multiculturalism to
wealthy landowners, but Amsterdam has an entire section               internationalism, Berlin has been at the forefront of
of town with streets named for artists and musicians. You             everything big in Germany ever since it was first made the
only need to see the crowds at the concert halls, arts festivals,     capital, and everyone living here knows that they’re part of
theaters and museums to gauge how much the arts matter to             something special. Where else can you find Islamic gardens
the everyday resident.                                                alongside Holocaust memorials, World Cup football alongside
                                                                      elephant races, or rooftop cabaret alongside basement sex
                                                                      clubs? And where else could a gay mayor hint at a taste for
Language                                                              leather just weeks before an election? Nothing here is average,
                                                                      and even the norms are twisted as far as they’ll go.
When you come from a tiny country with a long history of
trade, you learn to adapt or wither. Amsterdam has always             In recent years Berlin has weathered social problems,
looked outward, and as a result most people you encounter in          corruption and bankruptcy, and now finds itself somewhat
the city speak English very well.                                     reluctantly in the hands of center-right conservative and first
                                                                      female chancellor Angela Merkel. Throughout it all, though,
Part of the reason for this outward focus may be that the
                                                                      the bright young things of the city’s overwhelmingly work-
Dutch language is confounding. Many linguists believe that
                                                                      age population throw themselves wholeheartedly into all the
Dutch is a close relative to English, but it won’t be apparent
                                                                      activities that make up its cultural kaleidoscope, and while
to the uninitiated. If you’ve studied German, Dutch will make
                                                                      they may have plenty to say on all the issues, nothing gets
sense grammatically, and once you get past some spelling
                                                                      in the crucial way of the crucial pursuit of lifestyle in all its
differences you’ll probably get the gist of it, especially written.
                                                                      forms.


                                                                      Zero Intolerance
                                                                      Berlin’s diversity extends further than its ethnic mix. It’s
                                                                      estimated that 500,000 gays and lesbians currently call the
                                                                      city home, and they’re by no means a silent minority. With
                                                                      an active scene and a real sense of community, it’s widely
                                                                      considered second only to Amsterdam as Europe’s gay capital.




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Just to reinforce the point, popular SPD minister Klaus
Wowereit (affectionately dubbed ‘Wowi’) was elected as
governing mayor, making Berlin the second European city
ever to be led by an openly gay politician.
And the famously accepting atmosphere doesn’t stop there.
Sex and sexuality are entirely everyday matters to the
unshockable city folk, and there are very few itches that
can’t be openly and legally scratched here—the brand new
Olympiastadion mega-brothel (built for the 2006 World Cup)
and the active sex club scene are the very tip of the iceberg.
To crown off this reputation, Berlin was voted Most Fetish-
Friendly City in the international World’s Sexiest Cities poll
2005—quite an accolade!
                                                                     Charlottenburg and Tiergarten are best known for their chic
                                                                     bars and theaters, while Wilmersdorf and Schoneberg are
Language                                                             slightly less refined, but have a denser concentration of venues,
You can hear and decipher language better in context. If you         including the city’s main gay area
know the subject matter, you will better anticipate what you         On the eastern side of the city, Mitte has reclaimed its status
will hear: For example, if you ask how much something costs,         as the city’s true center, and is rapidly becoming a two-tier
you will hear numbers. If you ask where the supermarket is,          district. South of Oranienburger Tor you’ll find the really
you will hear directions and distances.                              exclusive haunts and cultural bastions, such as the Deutsches
                                                                     Theater, attracting more tourists, celebrities and better-healed
                                                                     folk than even Tiergarten. Further north are the less elitist
Solutions for Common Communication                                   but equally fashionable haunts of the Berlin scene, as well as
Difficulties                                                         plenty of more down-to-earth venues extending up into lively,
                                                                     experimental Prenzlauer Berg.
You can hear and decipher language better in context. If you
know the subject matter, you will better anticipate what you         At the moment, however, it’s Kreuzberg that dominates
will hear: For example, if you ask how much something costs,         Berlin’s entertainment scene, responding to Friedrichshain’s
you will hear numbers. If you ask where the supermarket is,          growing popularity with a sudden surge of new, cool venues.
you will hear directions and distances.                              Despite rising levels of fashionable sophistication, parts of
                                                                     the district defiantly retain the punky, alternative feel that
  •	 Carry a small German-English dictionary or phrase book,
                                                                     made it famous in the 1960s, and you’ll find some of the city’s
     such as the “Berlitz German Phrase Book and Diction-
                                                                     rowdiest bars and clubs centered on Oranienstrasse.
     ary.”
  •	 Practice German pronunciation. When you learn a new             (Amsterdam) Amsterdam’s entertainment scene is wonderfully
     phrase or expression, use it as frequently as possible, to      easy-going and remarkably diverse for a city of its size. It may
     reinforce it in your memory.                                    not be as sophisticated as some European cities—minimalist
  •	 Carry a small notepad and pen with you. If you are hav-         interiors are still a fairly new concept—but the soft entry to
     ing trouble hearing names, prices, addresses, etc., ask the     most venues, apart from a few nightclubs, is refreshing. Dress
     person to write them down for you.                              is for the most part casual, and people won’t blink if you
                                                                     wear jeans to the opera. This place always feels familiar, like a
                                                                     cosmopolitan village where everyone knows one another.
Entertainment
(Berlin) Being entertained is what Berliners do best—even the        There are loads of big concert halls, theaters, cinemas and
most steadfast workaholic will have a life outside the office,       other performance venues. Generous subsidies help support a
and you can bet they won’t be spending their evenings in             flourishing art scene with world-renowned orchestras, as well
front of the TV. The city’s cultural and leisure activities span     as ballet and opera. The city really comes alive when there’s
an almost impossibly broad range of tastes and interests, all at     open-air entertainment in the parks and streets, and along the
the highest level you’ll find in Germany, and there’s often little   canals.
distinction between weekdays and weekends in terms of the
quality of events.
Like most things in Berlin, the nature of the entertainment
on offer varies from district to district. Since reunification,
the western side of town has increasingly come to be seen
like a backwater, catering for an older, more affluent public;

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Museums                                                            two-round-pin variety. If you need an adapter, get it before
                                                                   you leave home because most of the ones available in the
Both Amsterdam and Berlin are full of world-class museums,
                                                                   Netherlands and Germany are for locals going abroad.
ranging from masterpieces to erotica. The following websites
will give you more information on the specific museums these
cities have to offer. (Amsterdam) http://www.amsterdam.
info/museums/ (Berlin) http://www.berlin.de/international/
                                                                   Cultural Adjustment
museums/index.en.php                                               Global Seminars are group oriented in nature. The group
                                                                   aspect and the length of the program together provide some
                                                                   interesting challenges to cultural integration. While you will
Food and Meals                                                     be forming bonds with people in the Global Seminar group it
                                                                   is important to take advantage of the opportunities offered by
(Amsterdam) Traditional Dutch cuisine revolves around meat,
                                                                   the program and by being in another country to interact with
potato, and vegetables. That said, contemporary chefs have
                                                                   the host people and culture.
made some great strides, and what’s now called ‘Dutch’ often
has echoes of far-off, mystical lands.                             Here is a list of some ways that you could take advantage of
                                                                   these opportunities:
Some typical dishes include stamppot (mashed pot)—potatoes
mashed with vegetables and served with smoked sausage or             •	 Frequent places like markets, local restaurants, or a bak-
strips of pork. Hutspot, similar to stamppot but with carrots,          ery.
onions and braised meat, is a popular winter dish. Erwtensoep        •	 Do what the locals do. Don’t spend a lot of time in tour-
is a thick pea soup with smoked sausage and bacon.                      isty hangouts.
                                                                     •	 Ask your hotel concierge about his/her favorite restau-
Year-round favorites include broodjes (filled sandwiches).
                                                                        rant/shop/activity
Quality broodjeswinkels (sandwich shops) are like elaborate
                                                                     •	 Participate in activities your program may offer that
delis. Pile hot or cold ingredients onto a choice of breads and
                                                                        includes host country nationals.
rolls, from roast beef or fish salads to cheeses and osseworst
                                                                     •	 Spark up conversations when possible with host-country
(raw beef sausage, a Dutch delicacy).
                                                                        nationals (such as with your restaurant server, shop
Kroketten (croquettes) are a Dutch classic: a ragout with meat,         owner)
sometimes even fish or shrimp, that’s crumbed and deep-fried.        •	 Venture out in smaller groups to make it easier to meet
They are also served as small balls called bitterballen, with           people.
mustard.                                                             •	 Make an effort to speak the language.
                                                                   You can minimize the stress involved in adjusting to life in
                                                                   your host community and get maximum benefit from your
(Berlin) As in any cosmopolitan city, sophisticated Berliners      experience abroad by preparing adequately. The cultural
will often opt for Thai or another of the many international       differences you encounter can enrich your life by presenting
options on offer, but traditional Berlin cuisine still exists      you with a different worldview and new approaches to solving
and forms the basis of the menu at most ordinary Kneipen.          problems.
Overall, it tends to be high-calorie, hearty and heavy on the
meat; pork is a staple, prepared in umpteen ways, including
Kasseler Rippen (smoked pork chops) and Eisbein (knuckle).
Minced meat often comes in the form of a Boulette, a cross         Coming Home
between a meatball and a hamburger. Other regulars are roast
chicken, schnitzel and Sauerbraten (beef marinated in              By the time you return home from Australia, you will have
vinegar and spices), usually with sauerkraut and potatoes on       grown and changed significantly. You will probably find
the side.                                                          yourself experiencing reverse culture shock. Many students
The true Berlin classic, however, is Currywurst—a spicy            find that returning home is harder than leaving was. It is very
sausage in tangy curried ketchup, typically served with fries—     normal to experience these feelings and you aren’t alone. You
and stalls all over town sell them in the millions. Thanks to      are encouraged to tap into the resources available in order to
the large Turkish population, doner kababs are also a fast food    make the transition home easier.
highlight here, served in thick crusty bread and far superior to
limp imitations elsewhere.


Electricity
The standard voltage throughout the Netherlands and
Germany is 220v, 50Hz. Plugs are of the Continental

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To stay connected to your study abroad experience, you may
want to:
  •	 Become a Global Ambassador Intern:
     www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/process/reentry/
     internships.php
  •	 Become a classroom visit intern
  •	 Serve as a past participant at pre-departure orientations
  •	 Stay in contact with friends from your program
These are just a few ways to stay connected. More information
can be found at: www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/
process/reentry.php.
Stop by the Learning Abroad Center office any time. Staff
enjoy talking to students who have returned from study
abroad, and would love to see your pictures and hear your
stories.




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  Cultural Adjustment
                                                                                              A sense of isolation sets in. Boredom and a lack of motivation
                                                                                              often follow. Unresolved personal issues often surface during
                                                                                              this stage.
  The On-Site Experience                                                                      Integration/Acceptance: After continued effort you find
  What happens when you suddenly lose clues and symbols that                                  yourself more at ease with language, friends, professional, and
  orient you to situations in everyday life? What happens when                                academic interests. The culture you are living in is more easily
  facial expressions, gestures, and words are unfamiliar? The                                 examined. Differences between yourself and the society you
  psychological discomfort and adjustment period in a foreign                                 live in become understandable and you come to accept both
  country is commonly known as culture shock or cultural                                      the situation and yourself in it, allowing you to relax and feel
  adjustment.                                                                                 at home.

  You will almost certainly experience some form of culture                                   Return Anxiety: Just when you feel at home in the new
  shock. It might hit you after two days, two weeks or two                                    country it’s time to go. Thoughts of leaving new friends raise
  months—timing varies widely for different people. Six                                       anxiety similar to those felt before departure. You sense that
  common phases of cultural adjustment are listed below. These                                you’ve changed as a person and apprehension grows when you
  may be out of order for you, one phase may last longer than                                 think about people at home that may not understand your
  another or you may skip a step entirely.                                                    new feelings and insights, yet you may feel guilty for wanting
                                                                                              to stay.
  Initial Fascination: On arrival your surroundings seem
  glamorous and exotic, you feel like the focus of attention and                              When in any of the above phases you may experience: changes
  activity.                                                                                   in sleeping habits, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness,
                                                                                              loneliness, depression, unexplainable crying, placing blame
  Initial Culture Shock: The initial fascination and euphoria                                 for difficulties on the program or host culture, homesickness,
  fade as you settle in and you enter an emotional decline.                                   getting angry easily, increase in physical ailments or pain,
                                                                                              compulsive eating or lack of appetite.
  Surface Adjustment: After the initial “down” (a few days to a
  few weeks for most), you begin to truly adjust and settle into                              Other symptoms may manifest themselves as well. It is
  your surroundings. Language skills begin to improve, and                                    important to understand these are part of a normal process
  you’ll feel less fatigued. Often you’ll be forming a small group                            of adjustment, however, if uncomfortable feelings persist for
  of friends at this stage as well.                                                           extended periods or seem unbearable, seek assistance from
                                                                                              your programs onsite support staff.
  Feelings of Isolation: Difficulties in your new culture seem to
  stubbornly remain and you grow frustrated with the process.



                                                    Departure                                                             Return
Low Comfort and Satisfaction High




                                                          Initial            Surface                   Integration/
                                                        Fascination         Adjustment                 Acceptance
                                                                                                                                         Re-entry
                                                                                                                                        Adjustment
                                                                                                                      Return
                                     Anticipating                                                                     Anxiety
                                      Departure
                                                                    Initial
                                                                Culture Shock
                                                                                         Feelings of
                                                                                          Isolation



                                    Home Culture                                Host Culture                                    Home Culture

                                                          Cultural Adjustment Curve
  Adjusted from Oberg (1960) and Gallahorn (1963)


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Appendix
                                                                    Other necessary items may include: toothpaste, toothbrush,
                                                                    shaving kit, deodorant, comb, washcloth and towel, a
                                                                    temporary supply of soap, shampoo (in unbreakable
                                                                    container), small packet of detergent, aspirin, supply of
Packing                                                             necessary prescription medicine, extra pair of eyeglasses or
It is extremely important that you pack light, as you will be       contact lenses, safety pins, and small flashlight. Most of the
carrying your luggage yourself during the program, often for        above personal items can be found abroad; however you may
long stretches in airports, bus, and train stations. Take only as   want to bring enough of your favorite brands to last you
much as you can carry easily by yourself. One way to measure        during your stay.
what is “easily carried” is to pack everything you would like to
take, pick it all up, and walk around the block. If you are not
comfortable doing so, you may want to re-evaluate what you          Resource List
have packed.
                                                                    Centers for Disease Control travel information
Important: Take clothing that needs a minimal amount                www.cdc.gov/travel
of care. This is especially important if you plan to do any
                                                                    US State Department Travel Advisories and Consular
independent traveling. Rolling your garments reduces
                                                                    Information
wrinkling and saves space. You might also want to pack
                                                                    http://travel.state.gov/
your clothing in plastic bags inside your suitcase to prevent
rainwater from leaking into your clothing.                          Travel/study abroad information for GLBT students
                                                                    www.indiana.edu/~overseas/lesbigay/
The following is a suggested, basic packing list. Remember to
bring only what you think you will really need.                     Amsterdam and Berlin Travel
                                                                    http://wikitravel.org/en/Amsterdam

Packing List                                                        http://wikitravel.org/en/Berlin

You should adjust according to your own personal tastes and         Amsterdam and Berlin News Sources
style!                                                              http://www.dutchnews.nl/

❐   1 sweater or jacket for chilly days                             http://www.abyznewslinks.com/germabl.htm

❐   2 pair jeans or pants                                           Guidebooks
❐   1 skirt                                                         It is recommended that you purchase a travel guidebook
                                                                    before you leave. Guidebooks explore regions, countries,
❐   1 nice outfit (for an evening out)                              and cities and offer invaluable information such as maps,
❐   3-4 shirts                                                      recommendations, background information, and travel tips.
                                                                    Some of the more popular guidebooks that are geared towards
❐   2 t-shirts                                                      students include Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, Footprints, and
❐   2 pair shorts or capris                                         Rough Guides. You can browse through guides in the travel
                                                                    library at the Learning Abroad Center in 230 Heller Hall.
❐   1 pair nice shoes                                               Lonely Planet Guides can be purchased there as well.
❐   comfortable walking shoes/sturdy sandals
❐   1 pair pajamas
❐   1 swimsuit
❐   raincoat or umbrella
❐   7 or more sets underwear
❐   7 or more pair socks
❐   course materials, textbooks, this student handbook
❐   photocopies of your passport




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