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Germany: Cross-Cultural Counseling

Graduate Study Abroad

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

This course is designed to provide graduate students in the helping and allied professions with an introduction to multicultural and cross-cultural counseling. We will explore how behavior and experiences are shaped by cultural influences and society in Berlin, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city of historic significance as well as a destination for refugees from many conflict zones around the globe. In the first half of the semester, students will learn the fundamental concepts in cross-cultural and multicultural counseling through readings, online lectures, and online coursework; we will also meet weekly in an online classroom to discuss the materials and to prepare for the one-week, immersive study abroad experience.

During our one-week stay in Berlin, students will gain experiential knowledge of contemporary German culture, its cultural diversity and social justice challenges, and local models of wellness and post-traumatic growth through guest lectures and field visits with local educators, mental health professionals, and other service providers. After the spring break travel abroad, we will convene one or two more times to reflect on our experiences and connect them to principles of cross-cultural counseling. The course will offer an in-depth examination of what it means – and what it takes – for counselors, educators, and other helping professionals to develop cultural competence and cultural humility in a globalizing context.

Sumie Okazaki

Professor of Applied Psychology

Online class meetings with spring break travel to Berlin, Germany.

Program Dates:

Class Meetings (Online via Zoom): 

  • Pre-Travel Meetings: Mondays 5:00PM - 6:30PM (ET) on Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 28, & Mar 7, 2022.

  • Post-Travel Meeting: Monday 5:00PM - 6:30PM (ET) on April 11, 2022

Travel Dates: March 12 -19, 2022.

Participation is required on all dates as scheduled above.

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: November 1, 2021*

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can participate
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduates who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by the program travel dates
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution.
Related Areas of Study:
  • Applied Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Program participants are required to self-register for one of the following spring course numbers listed below for a total of 3 points:

  • APSY-GE 2682, Section 095, Class# 20954 - Cross-Cultural Counseling (3 credits)
  • APSY-GE 2300, Section 095, Class# TBA -  Independent Study (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Applied Psychology.

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus


Sumie Okazaki, Professor of Applied Psychology, Department of Applied Psychology

  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $5,826 
  • Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees - $674
  • Housing Fee - $400
  • Activity Fee - $400
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $7,300

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Spring 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are also responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip, to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy rooms arranged by Global Affairs.
Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.
Group accommodation dates correspond with the Berlin, Germany program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, Visa Information

Global Affairs will provide information to participants on pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. Vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Berlin typically depart New York a day in advance.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Germany of less than 90 days in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: U.S. Department of State, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide.

Weather: In Berlin, temperatures tend to range between range from 8°C (48°F) to 1°C (34°F) in March. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Germany.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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