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Study Abroad

The Department highly recommends study in a German-speaking country for its majors and minors. Penn State offers a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. Follow the links below to explore the possibilities! Additional programs may be found by visiting the Office of Global Programs.

Freiburg 

  • Exchange program for spring or the academic year: On this program students enroll directly in courses at the University of Freiburg. Students must have reached junior standing and completed at least 5 semesters of German prior to the start of the program as all university courses will be taught in German (with the additional completion of GER 310 or GER 344 recommended, but not required). This is an ideal program for students majoring or minoring in German who want to take regular university courses with other German students in Freiburg.
  • IES Language and Area Studies program for fall, spring, full-year: On this program students enroll in courses with other American students offered by IES. Depending on schedule and availability, students may also be able to take courses at the University of Freiburg. Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of German prior to the start of the program. The advantage of this program over the Freiburg Exchange program is that it is designed to match the American academic calendar.

 Marburg

  • Exchange program for spring or academic year: On this program students enroll directly in courses at Phillips Universität Marburg. Students must have completed at least 5 semesters of German prior to the start of the program as all university courses will be taught in German (with the additional completion of GER 310 or GER 344 recommended, but not required). This is an ideal program for students majoring or minoring in German who want to take regular university courses with other German students in Marburg.
  • International Undergraduate Study Program for fall, spring, full-year: On this program students enroll in courses offered by the IUS Program (not Phillips Universität), including an intensive language program at the beginning of the time abroad. Students interested in counting courses toward the German major or minor should make sure to take courses taught in German. The primary advantage of this program is that it is designed to match the American academic calendar.
  • Intensive German Studies Program for spring: This program is designed for students who have only 1-2 semesters of German prior to the start of the program. Students enroll in a series of intensive German language courses and one German literature/culture course.

 Berlin

  • IES Language and Area Studies program for fall, spring, full-year: On this program students enroll in courses with other American students offered by IES. Depending on schedule and availability, students may also be able to take courses at one of the universities in Berlin. Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of German prior to the start of the program. This program is designed to match the American academic calendar.
  • IES Berlin Internship Program (Summer): This program offers unpaid summer internships in Berlin in a wide variety of areas (placements have included internships in arts and arts administration, business, cooking and catering, cultural institutions, education, environmental organizations, marketing, media and communications, museums and galleries, political organizations, social organizations, and tourism). This is an internship-focused program that allows students to earn 3, 6, or 9 credits.

  • IES Berlin Language and Culture (Summer): Students on the IES Language and Culture program take one German language course taught by a German faculty member at the IES center.  Students also enroll in one or two supporting courses of their choosing, instructed in either German or English.  Students do not need prior language experience to study on this program, and the summer program is open to students as early as after the first year of university study. This program offers a wide variety of courses in art history,  cinema, history, literature, Jewish studies, and political science.  Students can enroll in 6 or 9 credits at the IES Berlin Center.

  Pforzheim

  • Pforzheim Summer Internship Program (Summer): This program is designed for students who are looking for an internship experience in Germany where they will be immersed in the German language. Students will have a three-week language course beginning in May at the Hochshule Pforzheim University followed by an eight-week internship with a German company in the area of southwestern Germany that includes Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart. The internships will be arranged for the students based on their skills and background. The internships will also have an academic component at the Hochschule Pforzheim University in which students learn about Germany's place in the European and global communities in terms of business, culture, and politics. Students will receive 3 credits of GER 399 for the language course and 6 credits of GER 495 for the internship.

 

All students interested in studying abroad should contact the Office of Global Programs (all students) and the Career Enrichment Network (College of Liberal Arts students only) for more information about financial assistance related to study abroad.

 

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