Since 2013, Cultural Vistas has provided Spelman and Morehouse College students and faculty members with the opportunity to learn firsthand of the global nature and prospective careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the STEM Learning and Understanding New Career Horizons (LAUNCH) tour of Germany, made possible through the generous support of The Halle Foundation.

The program aims to encourage and inspire students from Georgia-based historically black colleges & universities (HBCUs) to add an international context to their educational and career paths through a two-week professional and cultural tour of Berlin and Munich following the end of their spring semesters.

For the fourth-consecutive spring, Cultural Vistas has organized a diverse and well-rounded tour for spring 2016, which includes visits and meetings with a wide range of public and private institutions.

Cultural activities complement the group’s experience of living, learning and experiencing Germany for the first time, and include visits to the U.S. Embassy and the German Bundestag, as well as excursions to museums and several historical sites, including Neuschwanstein Castle, the Reichstag building, Berlin Wall Memorial, and the KW Center for Contemporary Art.

The STEM LAUNCH program kicks off in April with four weeks of virtual learning designed to prepare students for their trip and facilitate relevant discussion about STEM research and career pathways, and how to internationalize them.

The majority of the program costs, including airfare, accommodations, travel within Germany, activities, and logistical support prior to departure and upon reentry are covered through a generous grant from The Halle Foundation.

By taking the next generation of U.S. innovators to Berlin and Munich, STEM LAUNCH fulfills the foundation’s mission of promoting understanding, knowledge, and friendship between Germany and the United States.

Host Institutions

Cultural Vistas would like to extend a special thanks to the companies that have hosted our groups since 2013.

Bausch & Lomb
Bayer Pharma
Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) at Technical University Berlin
Biogas Eggertshofen
Charite Teaching Hospital
DFG Research Center MATHEON
Ecologic Institute
European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS / Airbus)
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
Fraunhofer Berlin Center for Medical Mechatronics (BZMM)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Goethe Institute
Helmholtz Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC)
Innovation and Founding Center Biotechnology (IZB)
International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Republic of Germany
Leibniz Institut for Freshwater Ecology
LMU Biocenter including the Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM) and the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN)
Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry
Ottobock Science Center
TUM Medical Graduate Center at the Technical University Munich
TUM Department of Zoology at the Center for Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW)
U.S. Embassy in Berlin