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For more information on study abroad programs for German majors, please contact:

Richard Page, Director of the Program in Lingusitics, Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures | 403 Burrowes Building, University Park, PA 16802 | brp3@psu.edu


MAJORS:

German


EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAMS RECOMMENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT:

University of Freiburg Exchange

This is a program for highly independent, self-motivated students with strong German language skills. The program is a direct-enrollment program; on-site support is provided by the Office of International Studies at Freiburg.  Qualified students can apply for the Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship, which includes a stipend of 500 Euro per month for room and board.  Academic Year students are also eligible to receive a full fee waiver for a four week intensive language course in September, that would serve as a conversational fluency course before the fall semester begins in October. Beyond that, students may enroll in any courses they wish at the University of Freiburg. Students will enroll in 12 credits, the equivalent of 24 ECTS.

This program has three parts and runs from early to January to late May. Students take one six-credit intensive German language course for six weeks. After a one-week break, students then take another six-credit intensive language for six weeks followed by a three-credit German literature and reading course. The program also includes a four-day trip to Berlin and two other excursions. All instruction is in German. This is an excellent option for students who already know some German and are considering a German major or minor but do not yet have strong German skills. Students who already have strong German skills should explore other programs recommended by the department. Participants in the Intensive German Studies Program are able to travel for free as a Marburg university student on public transportation throughout the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsbund, which includes Frankfurt, Heidelberg and many other popular destinations in western Germany.

Marburg: Philipps University - Exchange

In this program, students are fully matriculated students at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg, one of Germany's oldest universities. Students may go for the academic year or for one semester. Marburg is a scenic, student-friendly city located only one hour away from Frankfurt. Participants in the program are able to travel for free as a Marburg university student on public transportation throughout the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsbund, which includes Frankfurt, Heidelberg and many other popular destinations in western Germany.

IES: Freiburg, Language & Area Studies

This program offers exclusively courses in German and is ideal for German majors and minors. Freiburg is a picturesque city near the Black Forest and close to the Swiss and French borders. IES Freiburg offers semester (fall, spring) and academic year options. IES Freiburg also offers the opportunity to do an internship.

IES: Berlin, Language & Area Studies
This program offers exclusively courses in German and is ideal for German majors and minors. Berlin is the capital of German and a cultural center in Europe. IES Berlin offers semester (fall, spring) and academic year options. IES Berlin also offers the opportunity to do an internship.


ACADEMIC NOTES:

German majors must take at least six credits of German at the 400-level at the University Park campus.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Students should consult with their major adviser or the departmental contact for education abroad if they have any questions about using courses from an education abroad program toward the German major or minor.

For more information on global experiences and enrichment funding in the College of the Liberal Arts, please contact the Career Enrichment Network staff at lanetwork@psu.edu or 814-865-1070.

 

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