Potsdam’s History Academy | PHiA 2021

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Modern German History through the lens of Potsdam

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Potsdam's History Academy (PHiA) covers the major events and themes of modern German history through the lens of one city: Potsdam – the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg.

The city of Potsdam, located close to Berlin, has hosted the Prussian court since the 18th century, when Prussia became one of the European Great Powers, and was the residential city of the German Kaiser from 1871 to 1918. Its role might be compared to that of Versailles in France.

Potsdam’s historical trajectory offers the unique possibility of simultaneously reflecting on macro-levels of German history and gaining insight knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of a micro-level perspective - all while being on the scene.

Program Dates

  • 26.07.2021 | Orientation Meeting, First Day of Class, Welcome Get-together
  • 27.07.2021 | Potsdam City Tour
  • 31.07.2021 | Berlin City Tour 
  • 04.08.2021 | Academy Day (joint program for all summer school participants)
  • 06.08.2021 | Last Day of Class and Farewell Meeting
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Registration is open.

We offer scholarships for our EDUC partner universities (earlier application deadline!). Please look below under "scholarships".

Thank you for your interest in Potsdam’s History Academy!

We are currently planning to deliver the program on site in Potsdam with in-person classes. To ensure a safe instruction mode, we will closely monitor the situation as summer approaches . If the pandemic does not allow for an on-site program, we will shift to online classes as an alternative. We will contact all registered students by May at the latest to inform them about the final delivery mode. If, eventually, the program is offered online, students will receive a discount on the course fee or have the chance to cancel altogether according to our conditions of participation.

Further information


Learning Objectives

Supporting & Cultural Program




Program Fee & Housing

Registration & Requirements

Local Partners



ISCO | International Summer Campus Office

International Office


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10, D-14469 Potsdam
House 9, Room 0.18