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Study Abroad

The Department highly recommends study in a German-speaking country. 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.

Dresden

  • GER 201 embedded course: This course includes 2 weeks of intensive language instruction at University Park followed by 2 weeks of intensive language instruction at the Goethe Institut in Dresden, Germany. See the following video for more information (and PSU students Jordan Kuhns and Mallory Bubar): http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/ort/dre/enindex.htm. This course is offered in Maymester. For further information contact

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.

 

Non-Penn State Programs

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