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Germany - Spring Term
Berlin, Germany; Freiburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Union applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Prerequisites: See below
Curricular Focus: Builds Experience in a Major, Intensive Language Learning and Cultural Education
Program Description:
Few cities have been shaped to such an extent by history and undergone as much major transformation as Berlin. Once the capital of East Germany and an international symbol of division during the Cold War, Berlin now celebrates its diverse and multicultural flavor, exemplified by the enriching influence of the Turkish community and the dynamic presence of the growing Jewish community. An exciting city of contrasts, Berlin is forever evolving and can be explored in its countless variety of historical and modern attractions, museums, palaces, theaters, cafes, clubs, and street art. One of Europe’s most vibrant, exciting and colorful capitals, Berlin is characterized by its dazzling modernity, breathtaking architecture, and pulsating, round-the-clock culture.

Freiburg, in the southwest corner of Germany, and in close proximity to France and Switzerland, was founded in the early 12th century and rapidly developed into a cosmopolitan center. At the edge of the enchanting Black Forest, it is among the country's sunniest, warmest and most 'green' cities -- a place where tradition and modernity blend harmoniously with nature and culture. Its scenic old town, filled with charming streets and elegant facades, and little streams ("Bächle") attract tourists and students all year round. Freiburg is also known for its ancient university and medieval cathedral, as well as for its outstanding quality of life and advanced environmental practices.

Course of Study

Track I

Basic German I and II (GER 100 and 101)
An intensive study of German language, with emphasis on developing basic speaking, listening writing and reading skills.

German Civilization: Culture, Art, and Architecture in Translation (GER 238T)
An introduction to the cultural history of German-speaking Europe. Course discussion and assignments in English, and offers WAC credit.

Track II

Basic German III, Intermediate or Advanced German (two courses of language credit)
Development and mastery of the spoken and written language with an emphasis on the finer points of grammar, style and colloquial expression. Placement and level based on the amount of German taken in advance.

German Civilization: Culture, Art, and Architecture (GER 300T)
An introduction to the cultural history of German-speaking Europe. Course discussion and assignments partly in German and partly in English, and offers WAC credit.


Track I

Track II
GER 101 or higher, or equivalent, before the term abroad

Language Instruction

English and German


In conjunction with the German Civilization course set, our several excursion sites include the following: medieval Freiburg, the Black Forest lake region, Alsatian cuisine and visit to Colmar (FR), German spa/baths, the Baden wine region, Lake Constance, Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich, Salzburg’s (AU) fortress and Mirabel Gardens, Bavarian brewery tour, Dachau-KZ Memorial Site, Dresden’s Old Town and Frauenkirche, a soccer game, the Berlin Wall, Jewish history tour in Berlin, visit to a Stasi interrogation center, Berlin Turkish quarter tour, and a tour of the Reichstag.


In Freiburg, students live in a dormitory; in Berlin students have the option of a home stay or an apartment/dormitory.


(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
  • September: Application deadline is the third Friday of fall term.
  • October: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
  • Winter term: Orientation meetings
  • Late March: Program begins
  • Early June: Program ends

For More Information

Students may email Professor Michele Ricci Bell or contact her at 518-388-8057.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.