The Excellence Center in Europe invites you to join our tour in Germany where you can discover, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the German culture. Trip to Germany is an ideal program for those who want to engage in German daily life, as well as meet locals, refugees, and internationals. As you may know, Germany has hosted a large number of refugees in recent years. During your stay in country, you will be able to better understand the life of refugees who resettle in Germany, as well as see how refugees are integrating into society.
Trip to Germany is designed to show participants the uniqueness of the country by visiting numerous historical sites and landmarks. This program includes opportunities to engage in social and community activities that are organized by the Center too. The Excellence Center coordinates cultural and musical evenings that will give participants a glimpse into the diversity of life found in Germany.
In addition, since people from all over the world reside in Germany, participants will get the chance to taste a wide variety of foods. Within the country you can find, for example, Indian food, Arabic food, Asian food, Pakistani food, Turkish food, and, of course, German food. In total, the Trip to Germany program includes a full, in-depth look into German culture and the cultures of individuals who reside in the country. If you have the desire to travel to Germany and want to do so in a unique way that grants you the opportunity to engage with locals, refugees, and cultural activities, then consider participating in this program.
How long is the trip?
The trip is intended to be concise, yet still very informative and enjoyable. Thus, the trip is designed to be only one week long. During that week, participants will get the chance to visit four cities in Germany, including Halle (Saale), Leipzig, Berlin, and Dresden.
Why these four cities?
Since the trip is only one week long, it has to be diverse enough to give you an idea of life in Germany. We choose these four cities for a reason:
- Halle city is where the Excellence Center is located. It is the arrival destination for trip participants. In addition, this is the city where the events, activities, and cultural and musical evenings will take place. Since Halle has hosted a large number of refugees, the city is worth visiting for this reason. If you want to know more about the living situation of refugees in Germany and learn how they are integrating into the German culture, then coming to Halle is necessary.
- Leipzig is a city rich with history. Apart from Frankfurt, Leipzig has been the center for book printing throughout history. The city also houses one of the oldest German universities with about 30,000 students. In 2010, Leipzig was classified as one of the 70 most liveable cities in the world. The New York Times classified the city as one of the 10 most visited cities as well.
- Berlin is the city of pleasure and diversity. It is also the capital of Germany. Following London, Berlin is the largest city in Europe in terms of size. Though, indisputably, Berlin is number one is cultural diversity. With plenty of linguistic, religious, and ethnic diversity in the city, a trip to Berlin is essential to any trip to Germany. The history and culture found in the city is too great to not experience. Visiting Berlin will also provide participants with a chance to visit the Berlin Wall, which is one of the most important places of tourism in Berlin and the world at large.
- Dresden is located in eastern Germany. It is the capital of the state of Saxony and has a population of roughly half a million. The city was destroyed by allied forces in World War II and has been the scene of many historical events. It has long been both the “pearl of German cities” and, at other times, one of the “most destructive cities in Germany”. In addition to the history, the city is famed for its art scene. Many artists, musicians, and writers from all over the world showcase their work in the city.
What does the trip to Germany include?
The Trip to Germany will provide you with opportunities to:
- Visit four cities in Germany and see various historical sites.
- Three hours of German language lessons and information about the German culture.
- Participate in the Excellence Center’s activities, including cultural and musical evenings.
- Meet locals and refugees and get to know them by listening to their stores.
- Have a daily breakfast during the trip duration.
- Be informed about the refugee situation in Germany, as well as see how they are adapting to life in a new country.
Tentative Daily Schedule for Trip to Germany 2018 (subject to minor change):
Day 1: Arrival and orientation. Meet with a representative of the Excellence Center and get to know the program of the trip.
Day 2: City tour of Halle. Visit historical sites with a guide who will provide in-depth information regarding the city.
Day 3: Travel to Leipzig. Visit the landmarks of the city and have a good time there.
Day 4: Travel to Berlin. Visit the most important places in the city. Spend the night in a hostel in Berlin.
Day 5: Stay in Berlin. Continue our visits to various places in the city.
Day 6: Travel to Dresden. Visit the most important places in the city and get to know the history of the city. Travel back to Halle in the evening.
Day 7: Stay in Halle. Meet with locals and refugees. Have dinner all together and share in a beautiful musical evening.
Day 8: Departure home.
Eligibility and the deadline of the Trip
Trip to Germany is open to all who are above 18 years old. The trip deadline is the first of July 2018. Please be aware that space is limited on this trip. The sooner you apply, the better.
Trip to Germany dates
Trip to Germany takes place from August 17, 2018 to August 24, 2018. The trip duration is one week. Day 8 is the departure.
What if I want to participate, but cannot participate during the allotted time?
That is completely okay. You can join this trip with one or two of your friends at any point during the year. The trip will be organized in coordination with your schedule and availability. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The participation fees
The cost for the Trip to Germany is 700 Euros. However, a discounted rate may be given to groups of three or more persons. The program fee covers the accommodation, food, and traveling costs within Germany. Participants are responsible for covering their travel to Germany.
Fly to Germany
The easiest way to get to the Excellence Center in Germany is to fly to Leipzig/Halle Airport. It takes about 25 minutes to get from the airport to the Excellence Center via train.
If you are coming from one of the Berlin airports, then you have two ways to get the Excellence Center. First is to come by bus. You can take a bus operated by companies such as FlixBus or Meinfernbus. The bus ride takes about two hours. The second choice is to come by train from the Berlin-Central Station. The train ride takes around an hour and a half.
Visa to Germany
If you are coming from a European country that has signed the Schengen agreement, then you do not need a visa to enter Germany. For those who come from countries that are a part of this program, you are permitted to stay in Germany for up to three months.
All other travelers will need to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Germany. This visa will allow you to enter and stay in Germany for a maximum period of 3 months (90 days). It is important to note that this visa prohibits visa-holders from getting a job (even as a freelance) during their stay.
How to get the program’s application?
If you want to join this trip, please send us an email at: email@example.com, trip to Germany as the subject line. We will then send you the application form to fill out and return via email.
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Thank you very much. We would be happy to have you in Germany!