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Summer Abroad Germany - Courses

Mathematics and Culture in Berlin

On this Summer Abroad program, you can

  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.

Note to Non-UC Davis Students:

  • Students from other campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 
  • Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid can get an additional unit to meet unit minimums for financial aid eligibility. Please contact Summer Abroad for additional information.


Berlin –Mathematics 141 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

The above syllabus is representative of this program. The instructor provides a term-specific program syllabus to enrolled students. The program syllabus and schedule—including the daily itinerary and planned activities—are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Class Format

Your classroom experience is a combination of traditional classroom sessions in the mornings with guest lectures, and field trips around Berlin in the afternoons. The class covers 1.5-2 lectures from the syllabus per day Monday- Thursday; this leaves Fridays and the weekends free. The program instructor will provide more details with the syllabus.

Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.


You will enroll in the course set below. Auditing is not an option. UC Davis programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.

  • Mathematics (MAT) 141. Euclidean Geometry (4 units)
  • Axiomatic and analytic examination of Euclidean geometry from an advanced point of view. In particular, a discussion of its relation to other geometries. Designed to serve as preparation for the more rigorous upper division courses.
  • Mathematics (MAT) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)
  • Discovering mathematicians and mathematical themes in the museums of Berlin. This course involves weekly preparatory meetings, mathematically themed guided tours to museums, and a final presentation on a subject of choice. 


Along with the general eligibility requirements, Study Abroad will be enforcing the completion of the following prerequisites. For non-UC Davis students, the equivalent at your campus:

Summer Abroad will be enforcing the completion of  MAT 021B with a C- or better—Calculus (4). Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 

Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of instructor—please contact the instructor if you wish to discuss this option. Please note that you will be required to submit proof of prerequisites waived when submitting your enrollment. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites prior to program departure can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly.