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German Area Studies

Study Abroad Program Options in Germany

Berlin

University of Bremen

  • Targeted Students: Program can accommodate advanced German language students and others at all levels of German language proficiency seeking coursework in English in a variety of disciplines.
  • Courses Offered: Full curriculum offered in German; courses available in English in a range of fields including physics, biology, computer science, law, economics, history, geography, political science, IR, philosophy, media and society, English, creative writing, literature, American studies, European studies
  • Advantages of Program: Sizable (population 600,000) but very livable city; standard German spoken; broad range of offerings in English; northern German culture
  • Traditional German academic calendar (semesters run October-January and April-July)
  • About Bremen

University of Leipzig

  • Targeted Students: Program can accommodate advanced German language students and others at all levels of German language proficiency seeking coursework in English in American Studies and physics.
  • Courses Offered: Full curriculum offered in German; courses available in English in American Studies and physics
  • Advantages of Program: Sizable (population 500,000) city noted for its parks, close to other cities of interest; vibrant cultural scene with a rich musical tradition; reunification efforts still present and transition can still be observed
  • Traditional German academic calendar (semesters run October-January and April-July)
  • About Leipzig
  • CGE Leipzig webpage

University of Tuebingen

  • Targeted Students: Program can accommodate advanced German language students and others at all levels of German language proficiency seeking coursework in English in a variety of disciplines.
  • Courses Offered: Full curriculum offered in German; courses available in English in a range of fields including religious studies, economics, philosophy, political science, literature, IR, history, media and society, European Studies, and American Studies.
  • Advantages of Program: True immersion program in historic university town; southern German culture; small city of about 90,000
  • Traditional German academic calendar (semesters run October-January and April-July), though students complete pre-semester language immersion program
  • About Tuebingen
  • CGE Tuebingen webpage

Berlin IES

  • Targeted Students: Advanced German language students (for language immersion track) and others with varying levels of German language proficiency in a range of disciplines, particularly the social sciences and Urban Studies
  • Courses Offered: Three program tracks offered: German Language and Area Studies, with all coursework in German (advanced students have the opportunity to take courses directly at local universities), Metropolitan Studies, with courses in English along with German language courses, and Security Studies and International Affairs, with courses in English along with German language courses
  • Advantages of program: Capital city with unique history and vibrant culture; opportunities for language immersion for advanced students and a wide array of coursework in English
  • Berlin Overview
  • Fall semester runs from late August through mid-December (students in German Language and Area Studies taking courses at local universities and participating in certain internships remain until February). Spring semester runs from mid-February through late May for Metropolitan Studies and Security Studies and International Affairs and from early February through late May for German Language and Area Studies (students taking university courses and participating in internships remain until mid-July)
  • About Berlin
  • CGE Berlin IES webpage

Freiburg IES

  • Targeted Students: Advanced German language students (for language immersion track) and others with varying levels of German language proficiency in a range of disciplines, particularly Environmental Studies, International Relations, and the social sciences
  • Courses Offered: Three program tracks offered: German Language and Area Studies, with all coursework in German (advanced students have the opportunity to take courses directly at a local university), Environmental Studies and Sustainability, with courses in English along with German language courses, and European Union, with courses in English along with German language courses
  • Advantages of program: Moderate-sized city noted for emphasis on sustainability and progressive environmental policies; located near French and Swiss borders, on the edge of the Black Forest with wide range of outdoor activities
  • Freiburg Overview
  • Fall semester runs from late August through mid-December (students taking courses at local universities and participating in certain internships must stay until February). Spring semester dates vary by track: The European Union track runs from mid-January through mid-May (students completing an internship must stay until late June; The German Language and Area Studies track runs from late February through late June (students taking university courses or completing an internship must stay until late July); The Environmental Studies and Sustainability track runs from late February through late June (students completing research assistantships must stay until late July)
  • About Freiburg
  • CGE Freiburg webpage

Berlin – CityLab Berlin (Norwich Univ)

  • Targeted Students: Architectural Studies and Studio Art
  • Courses Offered: Curricular tracks in Architectural Studies and Visual Art offered in English along with German language courses
  • Advantages of Program: Capital city with unique history and vibrant culture; widely recognized for rich architectural heritage and arts scene with world-class museums
  • CityLab: Berlin Overview
  • US-style academic calendar (Fall semester September-December, Spring semester January-May)
  • About Berlin
  • CGE Berlin (Norwich Univ) webpage