The Berlin Consortium for German Studies is an academic year or spring semester program dedicated to helping students improve their German language skills by providing intensive language training, encouraging them to function independently in the German university system, and offering a program that allows them to fully experience German life, customs, and culture.
As part of this year's program, the Berlin Consortium traveled to Turkey to explore Turkey-Germany relations. 12 students received lectures from experts working on migration issues with a particular focus on the Turkey-Germany case. They examined the political, economic and social impact of immigration in Turkey's relations with Germany and the EU. Other lectures at the Global Center and Studio-X Istanbul focused on the situation of Syrian refugees and the history of urbanization in Istanbul. They also learned first-hand about the transformation of the Istanbul cityscape through multiple waves of migration across the centuries, via a tour of the Beyoglu district, the cultural heart of the city.