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WU Summer German Language Program in Gottingen
Göttingen, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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Summer 2019 01/25/2019
Rolling Admission 06/04/2019 07/25/2019

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Adviser:
Matt Erlin
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Scholarship Opportunities:
Cecilia Hospes Scholarship
Program Description:
Program Description:
Washington University Summer Program
at the Goethe Institute, Göttingen
  The Washington University German Department offers all students interested in studying German in Germany, regardless of their major, the opportunity to earn up to 8 (eight) Washington University credits in German on all levels by spending eight weeks at the Goethe Institute in Göttingen, Germany. If received at the 300 and 400 level, these credits may count toward the German major or minor. Each September, there is an information session (Göttingen-Tübingen Day) to answer any questions you might have. Please contact Matt Erlin for more information.
Eligibility: All students in good standing at Washington University may apply to the summer program. A minimum of one semester of German or the equivalent is required.

Program Dates:
Term Dates Application Deadline

Summer 2019

June 4 - July 25

January 25, 2019

Contact: Professor Matt Erlin
  There will be approximately eighteen hours of language instruction a week, every weekday morning or afternoon, depending on course placement; there is a media resource center for independent study during off hours. Weekends are free. Placement in courses is determined by a brief interview and exam conducted with students upon arrival. All instruction is in German and class size is capped at a maximum of 16 students. The composition of classes will vary and fellow students will very likely not be speakers of English.

You receive 8 units of academic credit at Washington University for your successful completion of the 8-week program (comprised of two 4-week sessions). Credit is awarded based on your performance and attendance in class. These credits can be used to fulfill part of your Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Requirement. However, you cannot complete the LCD sequence at the Goethe Institut. Rather, you must take your final required LCD course of the sequence at Washington University.

  Göttingen, Germany
Göttingen is a picturesque north German university town near the Harz mountains, located on a major north-south train line. Major cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, and Hannover are within easy reach. The University of Göttingen was founded in 1734 and many houses in Göttingen are adorned with plaques bearing the names of famous German figures who once lived and studied in Göttingen. The town has many fine examples of half-timber houses preserved in its charming pedestrian zone. It is a city of parks, some of which follow the old town wall surrounding the inner part of the city. There are two theaters in Göttingen and six cinemas, which show high-quality films, both contemporary and from the film repertoire. Concerts and other guest performances are regularly scheduled in the town hall. In June, Göttingen hosts a Handel festival, and at the end of July, the Göttingen fair takes place (Schützenfest). There are innumerable restaurants, cafés, and pubs, which cater to students. The German spoken by the natives of Göttingen, unlike that spoken in many areas of Germany, is the High German which students are taught.
  Housing: The Goethe Institute is housed in a Wilhelminian mansion, which has been completely renovated. The grandeur and romance of the house have been maintained while adding all the modern conveniences. Each room has a sink. There are toilets and showers on every floor, two kitchens, refrigerators with private compartments which lock with keys, a TV-room, game room, film room, three pianos, a library, a reading room where daily newspapers are available, washing machines, and dryers. Most students live in double rooms. Their roommates may not speak English and students are expected to speak German at all times. Some students may be housed in private rooms near the Goethe Institute. Breakfast and a large midday meal (optional) are served in the Institute. There is a meatless as well as a pork-less menu for those with dietary restrictions.

The Institute is a fifteen to twenty-minute walk from the center of town and, although the Institute is removed from the downtown area, errands are easily accomplished. Across from the Institute is a huge park, which extends to the city boundary.

Cultural Opportunities: In addition to instruction, the Goethe Institute provides cultural opportunities for students. Feature films are shown. Music groups and contemporary authors are invited. Students have the option of participating in one or two three-day trips for an extremely low price. In the past, these trips have been to cities like Berlin, Cologne, and Bremen. A number of German students also live in the Institute. They are paid to look after the students' needs, to speak German with them, and to help arrange the aforementioned outings. 

On-Site Support: A Washington University staff member is in residence in Göttingen to serve as a resource person, to encourage students to speak German at all times, to supervise the students' academic progress, and to arrange some activities for the students. Students are expected to meet with the supervisor once a week.

  Estimated Program Price
The fee of approximately $4,800 includes a $250 Washington University administrative fee, tuition, books, and lodging. The exact cost varies slightly from year to year depending on fluctuations in the exchange rate. Please note that the Goethe Institute has strict policies concerning reimbursement of fees in case of illness, etc. These are listed in the Goethe Institute brochure. 

For more information, please contact Matt Erlin or Cecily Stewart Hawksworth.
  • Five scholarships of $1,000 each for qualified freshman and sophomore applicants
  • The Cecilia Hospes Scholarship (for one junior or senior German major) 
Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to the Program Director, Matt Erlin. Students interested in additional financial support are encouraged to explore other funding options through the Office of Overseas Programs or by contacting the university's Financial Aid office.

Deposit (non-refundable) and Cancellation Policies:
A $250 deposit will be due the last week of February. This deposit is not refundable. Students who withdraw from the program also may incur penalties from the Goethe Institute. Please refer to the website of the Goethe Institute for details of their cancellation policy:

Final payment: The remaining charge of approximately $4,800 will be billed to students by the University by the end of May 2018. Upon remittance of final payment, the regulations of the Goethe Institute apply regarding refunds for illness or no-shows.

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