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Germany: Cross-Cultural Counseling

Graduate Study Abroad

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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.


Berlin, Germany

Program Dates:

Travel component: to be announced

Required virtual class meetings: to be announced

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

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 course numbers listed below for a total of 3 credits:

  • APSY-GE 2682, Section 095 (Class # TBC) - Cross-Cultural Counseling (3 credits)
  • APSY-GE 2300, Section 095 (Class # TBC) -  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 Course Syllabus


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - TBC
  • Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees - TBC
  • Housing Fee - TBC
  • Activity Fee - TBC
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - TBC

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees are set for the academic year.

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

Learn about graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving in Berlin typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

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 their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

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

Weather: In March, temperatures in Berlin typically range from 34°F to 48°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Germany.

Pre-Departure 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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