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GERMAN STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS AND INTERNSHIPS IN GERMANY

Die größte Sehenswürdigkeit, die es gibt, ist die Welt — sieh sie dir an. —Kurt Tucholsky

Michigan State University sponsors four distinctive study abroad programs for undergraduates who have completed four or five semesters of college-level German (or the equivalent). Highlights of each program are listed below; visit the indicated program links and click each program's headline for further details. Which one is right for you?

ACADEMIC YEAR IN FREIBURG (FULL YEAR)

This program for American students at the Universität Freiburg combines advanced language instruction, specially tailored program courses, and regular University of Freiburg courses. Students can complete most of the coursework for the German major in this year by taking 12-15 credits per semester.

Prerequisite: four semesters (GRM 202 or equivalent) of college German.
Click here for the Academic Year in Freiburg's official site

 

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN MAYEN (SUMMER)

This program is a six-week summer course led by an MSU faculty member. The focus on language training and cultural immersion; students will live with families. Local excursions as well as week-long trip including a stay in Berlin are planned. Students will take 6-9 credits.

Prerequisite: four semesters (GRM 202 or the equivalent) of college German
Student Stories:
Shannon Chesney, Summer '13
Kilian Glish, Summer '13
Shelby Clark, Summer '12
John Biegen, Summer '12
Kaitlyn Montgomery, Summer '11
Rebecca Kiefer, Summer '11

 

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER UNIVERSITY IN JENA (SPRING)

This program at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität is for students interested in German language, literature, and culture. Students take a combination of regular university courses and courses geared specifically toward international students. On-site mentors assist students with housing and academic matters. Students take 12-15 credits.

Prerequisite: five semesters (GRM 301 or the equivalent) of college German.
Click here for University of Jena website

 

ADVANCED BUSINESS GERMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES IN KONSTANZ (SPRING)

This program at the Fachhochschule Konstanz is designed for students studying international business. There is an option to complete a paid internship at a German company following the semester. Students will take 12-18 credits.

Prerequisite: one semester of Business German (GRM 311 or equivalent)
Click here for Fachhochschule Konstanz website

 

TEACHING INTERNSHIPS IN GERMANY (SUMMER)

This program is a three-week teaching internship in secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg with a focus on language teaching and cultural immersion; students live with families. Students collaborate with German mentor teachers, observe grade levels 5-13 and teach modules. Students will take 2-4 credits of GRM 493 (International Internship.)

Prerequisite: six semesters (GRM 302 or the equivalent) of college German.
Lugwig-Uhland-Gymnasium in Kircheim website
Max-Planck-Gymnasium (Nürtingen) website
Robert-Bosch-Gymnasium website

 

INTERNSHIPS IN GERMANY THROUGH CULTURAL VISTAS (SUMMER)

We also offer three-month internships in Germany for students with advanced language skills. Students with intermediate language skills will take a one-month intensive German course in Berlin followed by two-month internships. Opportunities are available in the arts, business, communications, film, health and human services, journalism, law, marketing, non-governmental organizations, and politics. Accommodations in Germany are arranged through Cultural Vistas. Arts & Letters students will enroll in 8-12 credits of AL 493B (GRM 493 and AL 493B.)

Prerequisite: four semesters (GRM 202 or equivalent) of college German.
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