Invitation: Join us at the End-of-Semester Festivities on Friday, May 20, and Celebrate a Successful Spring 2016 Semester!

Lasst uns feiern!
Join us on Friday, May 20, for a the presentations of student projects at the Academic Center and at Frannz Club, followed by a festive dinner at Frannz Restaurant. We look forward to celebrating with you an exciting and successful semester.


May 20, 2016  – End-of-Semester Dinner & Festivities

4:00pm: No Stone Unturned” – Presentation of Student Projects in Photography & Reception at the Academic Center

5:00pm: “… and beyond!” – Presentation of Student Projects in Actor Training at Frannz Club

6:15pm: Celebration of our Graduating Seniors
6:30pm: Festive Dinner at Frannz Restaurant

Kino an frischer Luft – Open Air Cinema in Berlin!

In the midst of studying for finals this weekend, take a break and enjoy one of the delights of warm spring and summer evenings in Berlin: the Freiluftkinos, or open-air cinemas. There are Freiluftkinos dotted in parks around the city, with one in almost every district. Two of the most popular ones on our side of town are the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg at the Kunstquartier Bethanien and the Freiluftkino Friedrichshain in Volkspark Friedrichshain. Both Freiluftkinos will be beginning with nightly screenings this week.

 Check here for the program for the cinema in Kreuzberg and here for the cinema in Friedrichshain. Tickets cost 7 EUR. And don’t forget to check if the screening is in English (this will often be noted in the program as “engl.m.dt.Ut” or “OmU”, or in German as “dt.m.engl.Ut”!

Visit the Gardens of the World / Besuchen Sie die Gärten der Welt!

Are you feeling up for a trip around the world before the end of the semester? Then take a break from cramming for exams and head over to the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World). In this extensive park, you can stroll through an oriental garden, chill in a Korean garden, or get even lost in a labyrinth. Enjoy the sun and relax!


Entrance at Eisenacher Straße 99: Take the S7 to Marzahn and then take bus 195 to Gärten der Welt.

Admission: 5€

May 15-16: Pentecost – An Overview of Protestant and Catholic Services held in English

Pentecost is coming up and for all those of you who would like to go to service, some churches in Berlin also hold it in English.

Find below a list of different churches in proximity to or easily reachable from the Student Residence:

Protestant service in English

American Church Berlin
Bülowstrasse at Dennewitzplatz, 10783 Berlin
Sunday, May 15
Worship 11am
Praise Worship 1:30pm

Catholic service in English

St. Thomas von Aquin
Hannoversche Straße 5, 10115 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 10.30am

Protestant service in German

Zossener Staße 65,10961 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 2pm

Catholic service in German

St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale
Bebelplatz, 10117 Berlin
Sunday, May 15, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 6pm
Monday, May 16, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 6pm

Furthermore, the night from Sunday to Monday is the “night of open churches.” You can find more information here (only in German):

Please note that Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16 are public holidays and the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei and St. Agnes will be closed.

Invitation to Shabbat at Synagogue Rykestrasse this Friday, May 13, at 7pm

rz-hillel-ryke_01Every first Friday of the month, Hillel Germany organizes a Shabbat at the Synagogue in Rykestrasse 53 and you are kindly invited to join this Friday, May 13, at 7:00pm.

The Rykestrasse Shabbat is Hillel Germany’s flagship Shabbat activity. In Germany’s largest and arguably most beautiful Synagogue, the Hillel Hub Berlin comes together for a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service and Kiddush. Hillel Germany and the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund maintain a cooperation with the Synagogue, which was built in 1904.  The Synagogue Rykestrasse is located in Prenzlauer Berg, about 10 minutes walking distance from the Academic Center.

At the Hillel-Shabbat you will have the opportunity to meet people of very different backgrounds and with different traditions. You don’t need to have any previous synagogue! Just show up, have a good time with interesting people, and enjoy the food.

The Kiddush will be led by the students and ELES scholarship holders Max and Yan.

Contact Jonas Fegert, our NYU Bronfman Global Coordinator for Europe (, if you have any specific questions.

What: Shabbat organized by Hillel Germany, ELES, and NYU Bronfman Global
When: Friday, May 13, at 7:00pm
Where: Rykestrasse 53; 10405 Berlin
Who: Everyone who is interested

NYU Berlin Podcast #2: Ich bin ein Berliner – NYU Berlin Unplugged I by Georgina Hahn-Griffith & Laura Waltje

Ever wonder what kind of talents lay hidden at NYU Berlin? At the NYU Berlin Open Mic Night a few weeks ago members of the community shared some of their amazing talents. Listen to Terry and Georgie as they share some of the evening’s highlights and tell you what they love about the openness and intimacy of the NYU Berlin community. Enjoy/ Viel Spaß!

May 13-15: Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre presents the 31st Black International Cinema Berlin Festival

From May 13 –15, Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre will be presenting the 31st Black International Cinema Berlin festival. This annual transdisciplinary and transcultural film and video festival introduces artistic, cultural, and political perspectives from Africa, the African Diaspora, and a larger community of people with an interest in transcultural communication and learning as well as the sharing  of educational, social, artistic, and economic resources. Among this year’s contributions are short films about the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, a documentary about a girl from Uganda visiting Germany, and a portrait of Ralph Bunche, the first Black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

For more information and a detailed program, click here.

Dates:        May 13-15

Venue:        Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte

Greifswalder Straße 4
10405 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berlin

 Free admission

“Karneval der Kulturen”: Kreuzberg invites You to yet another Street Festival

On the weekend of Pentecost every year, Kreuzberg comes out in full color with the “Karneval der Kulturen” celebration. Since the mid-1960s, Berlin’s growing multiculturalism has been celebrated through these four days of open-air music, dancing, and parading. The main parade, with 73 national groups participating, will take place on Sunday, starting from Hermannplatz at 12:30pm, and then heading in the direction of Yorckstrasse.

For the celebration closest to the residence—the Eurasian stage—head to Blücherplatz. For the full program, see here.

Please note that due to the size of the event, festival organizers advise against riding bicycles into the central areas of the festival. It is also likely that U-Bahn stations on the U7 and U8 will be closed during peak hours to avoid overcrowding.

Join the Transitions Workshop with Sara and Linn on Tuesday, May 10, 1:45pm-3:00pm, and explore how you feel about your very special journey of the last fourth months!

Join Linn and Sara for a lunchtime workshop on Transitions and a conversation about the best ways to say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Berlin! How are you feeling about your departure, reunion with your family and friends, your plans for the summer break, and about finding your place in a familiar, changed, or completely new place? What are you looking forward to? What do you imagine are your resources (academic and emotional) at your next destination?

Explore how you feel about your very special journey of the last fourth months and reflect upon what you have acquired and accomplished during your time in Berlin. We will also talk about assorted challenges you might experience as part of your cultural, academic, and emotional transitions and practice strategies for self-care, reflection, and mindfulness. We will meet in room “Prenzlauer Berg” on Tuesday, May 10, at 1:45pm. A light lunch will be served to all participants. Bis bald, wir freuen uns auf Sie! 

Course & Program Evaluations: Please Share your Feedback on your Semester in Berlin!

As your semester in Berlin slowly comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the program in general as well as on each course that you took. That’s why e-mails with links to evaluations of your courses and the entire program are arriving in your inboxes. Evaluations are an opportunity for providing constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement, but also to thank people who made this semester rewarding and enriching for you. Not only will your feedback guide programming and curriculum related decisions, it is also essential in helping our professors improve their courses and in giving the entire NYU Berlin team valuable feedback to design the future of the program.

Your evaluations are confidential and anonymous. Please let Roland, Denise or Dominik know right away if you are experiencing any technical difficulties when filling in the evaluations. Dankeschön!