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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring, Spring Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 11/01/2019 01/22/2020 05/14/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Credits: Up to 16 Class Standing Restrictions: Must have completed Undergraduate 2nd year
Click here for a definition of this term Enrollment Restrictions: Available to all BFA in Writing students, Available to Crit Viz students minoring in Creative Writing, Available to HMS minors Required GPA: 3.0
Field of Study: Writing
Program Description:
Berlin, Germany 

A spring semester abroad program for the BFA in Writing, starting spring 2020!
This new study abroad program gives BFA in Writing majors in their sophomore or junior year a chance to spend their spring semester in one of Europe's most vibrant artistic and literary cities: Berlin Germany. You can take a full 16 credits of core classes and electives with BFA in Writing faculty while living and learning in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin's most central and exciting neighborhoods. A semester abroad allows students to broaden their cultural, intellectual, and creative horizons, and Berlin is an ideal city for such study and growth. It has a deep, complex, and rich history, and it is, like other major global cities, a dynamic and changing city, one that offers profound opportunities for students to have an in-depth cultural experience. The program is housed in a newly renovated button factory, offering new dorms, classrooms, a cafe, community spaces, communal kitchens, and 24 hour security--all this in the heart of Berlin, one of the art and cultural capitals of the world.

Contact Professor Christian Hawkey
A full 16 credits of classes are offered, allow BFA in Writing Sophomore and Juniors to complete their core required classes while studying abroad:
  • Writing Studio (mixed genres)
  • 2 WR 320 seminar electives
  • 2 HMS electives, including Introduction to German language. 
Pratt BERLIN is housed in CIEE's new Berlin Global Institute, a newly renovated button factory in the Kreuzberg.
  • Residence hall with café and courtyard, large common kitchens, en suite bathrooms, laundry facilities, study and common areas
  • German language residential area to help you improve your language skills
  • Hi-tech classrooms
  • Nearby subway station and bike paths
  • On-site Pratt faculty for your classes, and to support you in your day-to-day life in Berlin and to give you the inside scoop on local events, festivals, literary readings, day trips, and more. 
The cost of attendance is the same your basic Pratt tuition and fees. Students are only responsible for the flight to and from Berlin. 
Professor Christian Hawkey, Department of Writing
Professor Christian Hawkey is a tenured professor in the Writing Department. He has taught full-time at Pratt for over 15 years, including elective courses for HMS and core courses and electives for the BFA in Writing. He is also a core faculty member in the new MFA in Writing. Professor Hawkey has a long and close personal relationship to Berlin.

As an internationally renowned poet, with his books and poems translated into over a dozen languages, he first came to Berlin after being awarded a prestigious DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellowship (2008). He was subsequently invited to be a guest professor at the University of Leipzig in 2010. He is also a German translator, who has translated into English numerous contemporary German language poets, as well as the prose fiction of Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger (Bad Words: Selected Short Prose, Seagull Books, 2017).

He has written two full-length poetry collections (The Book of Funnels, Wave Books, 2005 and Citizen Of, Wave, 2007), four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (2010, Ugly Duckling Presse). Sonne from Ort, a collaborative bi-lingual erasure made with the German poet Uljana Wolf, appeared in 2013 (kookbooks verlag, Berlin). In 2006 he received a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award.
Visiting Professor Uljana Wolf, Department of Writing and HMS
Uljana Wolf is a German poet and translator based in Brooklyn and Berlin. She has published four books of poetry in German, and three chapbooks in English, translated by Nathaniel Otting (Nor By Press), Susan Bernofsky (UDP) and Monika Zobel (Belladonna*). Her newest book is Subsisters: Selected Poems, translated by Sophie Seita (Belladonna*, 2018). Wolf translates numerous English-language poets into German, among them Matthea Harvey, Erín Moure, John Ashbery, Yoko Ono, and Cole Swensen. Her own work has been translated into more than 13 languages. She teaches translation and German language at Pratt, and also teaches German at NYU.