Spring 2022: Berlin, Germany

Join the Viterbi Berlin WRIT 340 Maymester Program!

Viterbi students participating in this program can make progress towards their engineering degree by taking WRIT 340 in the Spring 2022 semester with the last two weeks of the course abroad in Berlin, Germany. Through the abroad experience and the course students will examine the Grand Challenges and gain a global perspective on engineering.  

Program abroad dates: May 16, 2022-May 30, 2022

Spring 2022: Berlin, Germany

Spend two weeks at the of the the spring semester taking WRIT 340 while living in Germany’s capital, Berlin.

Make progress toward your engineering degree while also exploring Germany and its rich culture

Activities include: City Walking Tour, Company Site Visit, BMW Motorcycle Factory Tour and so much more

Evaluate and compare a variety of engineering concepts to those in the US

Take WRIT 340 taught by a Viterbi faculty 


  • Applications Open: September 1, 2021
  • Previous Information Session Recording
  • Fall 2021 Viterbi Study Abroad Information Session: September 2, 2021@12 pm PST ( https://usc.zoom.us/j/94495285384?pwd=SWJjS1kxNEFvL2pzbjRUem5yVVhFdz09)

  • Application Due: Sunday, October 3, 2021 (11:59pm PST)
  • Decisions Sent: October 15, 2021
  • Acceptance Confirmation Due: October 19, 2021
  • Enrollment Deposit Due: October 20, 2021
  • Mandatory Online Orientation: Spring 2022
  • Program Fee Due: Expected April 2022 
  • Mandatory Arrival and Orientation in Berlin: May 16, 2022
  • Mandatory Check Out of Berlin Housing: May 30, 2022


Application Opening on September 1, 2021

Apply Here

Eligible Applicants

  • Current sophomore and junior level students are eligible to apply for the Maymester program. Current freshman, sophomore and junior level students are eligible to apply for the Fall Lead program. 
  • Viterbi students in good academic standing
  • All Viterbi majors are welcome to apply
  • Active passport that does not expire before 11/30/2022 (6 months after program re-entry)

2022 Program Information

WRIT 340

This special version of WRIT 340, Advanced Communication for Engineers, will examine the Grand Challenges of Engineering from a global perspective and explore the multi-faceted relationships between Cities, Citizens, and Engineering.  

This course has two parts: a two week Maymester will be taught in Berlin in May 2022 with the beginning of the course taught at USC during the Spring 2022 semester.  Although the Grand Challenges of Engineering were developed by the (American) National Academy of Engineering, engineers worldwide agree with their urgency.  To that end, Global Grand Challenges Summits have been held not only in the United States, but also in China and the United Kingdom.  Spending the initial introductory portion of the semester abroad underscores the international cooperation needed to successfully meet these Challenges.

The USC WRIT 340 course will be taught abroad and on campus by Dr. Harly Ramsey. The WRIT 340 course will be taken as a letter grade and will be taken for credit towards your degree.

*Please note: The majority of the class will be taught on campus at USC in Spring 2022 and will be scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30p-4:50p.

Course Syllabus

Group Excursions & Activities

The program aims to explore Berlin through engineering-related group activities and cultural experiences all included in the program cost. All activities are subject to change.  

  • City Walking Tour – explore Berlin’s city center and establish a foundation for future excursions 
  • Company Site Visit – visit a local company that tackles one of the 14 engineering challenges 
  • BMW Motorcycle Factory Tour 
  • Futurium Tour – explore the ‘House of Futures’ and examine different perspectives on tackling major world problems. Exhibit includes interactive examples of artificial intelligence, ecological architecture, and advanced robots 
  • University Visit – visit one of Berlin’s prized universities and explore their science and engineering campus 
  • Berliner Unterwelten WWII Bunker Tour – dive deep into German engineering from WWII 
  • Berlin Airport Tour/Workshop – examine one of Berlin’s three airports 
  • Deutsche Bahn (German Trains) – opportunity to examine the German approach to train transportation by touring the Berlin Main Train Station, the digitalization start-up hub, OR the company that produces modern trains 
  • Berlin Wall Memorial Tour – visit the site of the Berlin Wall and examine the impressive, yet dark engineering marvel 


Students will take courses at CIEE Berlin for the two-week program. Student’s accommodations will be in the CIEE Berlin residence halls or similar accommodations nearby.

Housing & Travel Arrangements

You will be responsible for booking your own flight to and from Berlin. You will need to be in the host city at the specific check-in day in order to check-in to the arranged housing.

Housing for the Berlin program will be in a Berlin residence hall. Accommodations include refrigerators and communal kitchens with pay-per-use onsite washing and drying machines. 

Expected Costs

This program will be run in the fall semester as a Fall Lead and in the spring semester as a Maymester. For the Fall Lead and Maymester programs the unit cost of the WRIT 340 course will be part of the student’s fall or spring semester. Additional students’ costs include: 

  • $2,350 program cost (includes housing, and included activities) 
  • Student round trip airline ticket
  • A welcome dinner and farewell dinner will be provided. Students will be responsible for meals on most days.  

A $200 deposit will be required for accepted students. This deposit will go towards the total program cost.