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.
Göttingen-Tübingen Day (information session)
Each September, there is an information session (Göttingen-Tübingen Day) to answer any questions you might have concerning the study abroad program. For a copy of the handouts, or to ask additional questions, please contact Caroline Kita.
The Göttingen Program
- Program dates: June 6 - July 28, 2017
- Application deadline: January 27, 2017
- Five scholarships of $1,000 each for qualified freshman and sophomore applicants
- Up to 8 credits toward the major or minor
Application and Deadlines
Application deadline for Summer 2017: Friday January 27, 2017.
The Göttingen application is moving online! As of November 2016 you will be able to access the application through the website of the Office of Overseas Programs.
Deposit (non-refundable) and Cancellation Policies: A $250 deposit will be due the last week of February 2017. 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: http://www.goethe.de/ins/de/srv/uuv/enindex.htm.
Final payment: The remaining charge of approximately $4,800 will be billed to students by the University by the end of May 2017. Upon remittance of final payment the regulations of the Goethe Institute apply regarding refunds for illness or no shows.
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.
Instruction and Credits
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. Class size is capped at a maximum of 16 students. 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.
Credit will be awarded at the following levels, based upon the most recent level of German completed prior to attending the Göttingen Program:
Fall Course (recommended)
|German 100/101||100 (4) 200 (4)||German 210|
|German 102||200 (8)||German 301/340/341|
|German 210/290||200 (4) 300 (4)||German 302/340/341|
|German 301||300 (8)||German 340/341/4xx*|
|German 302||300 (5) 400 (3)||German 340/341/4xx*|
* Please be advised that all 400-level courses except 402/404/408 require that you have completed or are concurrently enrolled in German 340/341. Completion of 340/341 is also required for the German major and minor.
Students will be housed in single-occupancy apartments in the Bartolomäusbogen, near the train station. It is about a 25-30 minute walk, or a 15-20 minute bus ride, to the Goethe Institut where all classes will be held. The rooms have a safe, a private shower and toilet, as well as a “pantry kitchen” (mini-refrigerator, hot plate for cooking, cooking utensils). There are also shared kitchens on each floor. There is wifi access in all rooms. Bed linens and towels are provided and are changed weekly. Washing machines and dryers are available in the building for a charge
Göttingen is a picturesque north German university town near the Harz mountains. It is 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.
Cultural Activities Arranged by the Institute
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.
A Washington University staff member is in residence in Göttingen to serve as 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.
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 further information, please contact the Göttingen Program Supervisor. The Cecilia Hospes Scholarship and five $1,000 scholarships are available for qualifying students; inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to the Program Director, Caroline Kita. 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.