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© Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Herzog & de Meuron*

The Hamburg program incorporates a wide range of activities, from guided trips to historic and cultural locations, to group events like Coffee Hours and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner with program staff and faculty. Students also join activities at the University, including music, theater and sports, and enjoy the restaurants, clubs and cafés in Hamburg, a modern European city.


Boat tour of the harbor; day trips to medieval Lübeck or Lüneburg; several nights in Berlin during Orientation.

Cultural Activities

Architectural tour of the city, concerts in the Laeisz Hall, theater and opera performances, and visits to museums.


Soccer matches, annual marathons, canoe tours on canals or the Alster, bicycle tours to the Alte Land during cherry blossom time.

*A statement to Hamburg's preeminence as a cultural center, the world-class new concert hall Elbphilharmonie is due to be finished in 2014. Designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm, Herzog & deMueron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize, the new Elbphilharmonie is part of the urban renaissance of the warehouse and docks district of Hamburg. Hamburg's vast network of canals opening the city to the Elbe River and North Sea connect this vital industrial area to a transformed urban neighborhood of shops, apartments, offices and cultural activity. In the architects' words: "The Elbphilharmonie will become a landmark visible from afar, lending an entirely new accent to the horizontally conceived city of Hamburg—as an expression of reaching out into new territory, into the harbor area along the shores of the River Elbe."

Source: https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/