Education Beyond Borders

Immigration in Contexts: Examination of Germany

In the global community, policies made at home can affect millions around the world. Topics with global implications necessitate leaders to think interdisciplinarily and develop a nuanced understanding of complex and multifaceted issues.

Immigration in Contexts: Examination of Germany is an intensive three-month course bringing together students and faculty from five colleges and universities, and across diverse disciplines—including law, psychology, human development, counseling and physical health—to cultivate a deeper understanding of the ways immigration affects individuals, communities, countries, and the world at large.

As a group, you will seek to understand the psychological, social, educational, legal, health care, and intercultural perspectives of individuals, families, communities, and providers directly impacted by immigration.

An exceptional chance to add international exposure to your résumé.


  • Online course Oct.-Dec. 2016
  • Berlin, DE Dec. 11-21, 2016
  • Deadline Aug. 8, 2016

Participating Universities:

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law
  • Pacific Oaks College
  • Dallas Nursing Institute
  • Saybrook University

The course culminates in a 10-day immersive educational experience in Berlin, Germany. There, you’ll explore the global immigration crisis based on a real-world example. Focusing on migrant and refugee communities, you will strive to uncover the differing perceptions, challenges, and approaches that exist in this complex and ever-changing human landscape.


Faculty Profiles

Kent Becker, Ed.D.

Dean, College of Social Sciences, Saybrook University

20+ years in the study of counseling. Specialist in areas including couples and family counseling, program development and the use of photovoice as a research and advocacy tool toward social change.


Nancy Bothne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, a national farmworker organization, and for Amnesty International USA as the Midwest Regional Director. Most of her work uses policy and advocacy strategies to change the systems that perpetuate human rights abuses and marginalize people.


Gwen Gaston, MSN, RN

Director of Nursing, Associate Degree of Nursing programs, Dallas Nursing Institute 20+ years in the field of nursing and has extensive experience in leading nursing education teams. A significant portion of her work is focused on diversity issues within the field of nursing, specifically addressing issues of cross-cultural communication within nursing.


Michael W. Hanley, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Evidence, Criminal Defense Practice and Deportation Defense,

The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law

10+ years as a Senior Public Defender for Santa Barbara practicing immigration law and deportation defense.


Rebecca Sylvia Rojas, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, School of Cultural and Family Psychology, Pacific Oaks College

Licensed Psychologist for nearly 20 years.

Specialist on immigration and acculturation.


Immigration In Contexts Blog Series

Meet the Faculty

Why Berlin? A look at the Germany Migration Crisis



This program is made available through collaboration with TCS Education System.