The Department of German and Russian offers a wide variety of study abroad opportunities to meet student needs. Options include semester- or year-long study at two German universities, our own 6-week Summer Berlin Programs and independent study at intensive language institutes in Germany or Austria. Your financial aid will transfer for study during the academic year and ample funding is available to to support undergraduates pursuing language courses, internships, research projects, or service projects in the German-speaking countries.
This 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led intensive program is an opportunity to spend part of the summer in Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural center. You will learn about Germany’s history as well as Germany today. Content courses taught in English or in German in ECON, POLS, HIST, Fine Arts and Literature. No prior knowledge of German necessary. Full range of German language courses available. Academic excursions and on-sight classes enrich the learning experience and introduce you to this amazing city. All applicants automatically considered for grant funding up to $3,000.
International Economics Abroad
This 6-week, 6-credit faculty-led, European-centered program based in Berlin concentrates on the economics of competition policy from a transnational perspective. The two complementary courses, Competition Policy in the European Union (ECON 34582) and European History, Politics, and Society (GE 34241), bring together the areas of economics, history, politics, and culture. Both courses are taught in English. Excursions to various European economic research institutes, policy centers, and museums complement and enrich the coursework. All applicants automatically considered for grant funding up to $3,000.
German Engineering Program
This Berlin-based 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led program connects Notre Dame engineering students with Germany’s multifaceted engineering landscape. You will take one engineering elective course and European History, Society, and Politics (GE 34241), both taught in English. In addition to classes and field trips in Berlin, students will go on academic excursions to other German cities, where they will interact with engineering experts from different fields. All applicants automatically considered for grant funding up to $3,000.
The SLA Grant, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, provides funding for individual summer foreign language study abroad at an intensive language institute such as the Goethe Institut or a Carl Duisberg Centre. With prior approval, you can move through our language curriculum and be ready faster for further study abroad or in our upper-division courses.
Academic Semester/Year Programs
Through the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, students enroll at the Freie Universität Berlin, where they experience cultural immersion and elite academic training in one of the world's most exciting, breathtaking cities. Highlights of the program include:
- Students live with a host family for the first month, to enhance language and cultural competency outside of the classroom.
- Cultural field trips within Berlin, as well as 3- to 4-day excursions to nearby cities such as Dresden, Hamburg, and Weimar.
- Support with volunteer and service opportunities.
- Courses include specific study abroad topics, like German Discourse and Culture, as well as university courses alongside German students in areas as varied as art history, economics, philosophy, and music.
- 24/7 on-site support with Resident Director and staff.
The first time I visited Berlin in 2015 it seemed gray upon arrival, and it was somewhat disorienting. Well, that's the thing: Berlin is not love at first sight, but reveals countless charms once you give it some time. Now a resident of the city for three years, I have enjoyed the rich startup scene and the vast professional network, the first-hand exposure to European politics, and the young, multi-cultural & cosmopolitan environment Berlin offers.
The Heidelberg University American Junior Year program offers students the chance to grow as German speakers and young academics at the Universität Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and consistently ranked among the top two German academic institutions. Highlights of the program include:
- AJY’s Study Center (computer room with free printing, student lounge, and small kitchen), located in the heart of the city.
- Internship placement support.
- German Rail Pass for use during Fall or Spring break (Interrail Pass for second semester Full Year students).
- Study trips and excursions
- Culture coupons for concerts, museums, sporting events, etc.
- 24/7 on-site support with resident director and staff.
“Spending an entire year in Heidelberg not only improved my German in an academic context, but also in a practical, social way; you never realize how much you don’t know in a language until you’re trying to use it all the time. Being surrounded by native speakers in a variety of contexts taught me how to use German in different situations, whether that’s writing an essay, speaking casually to friends, or asking for help finding something at the grocery store. I was able to have some of the most interesting and most everyday experiences in German while living abroad and being able to have both is something I am incredibly grateful for.”
For questions about study abroad programs, please contact Denise M. Della Rossa, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.