Study Abroad


Opportunities for Study Abroad 

Students at Notre Dame can enrich their academic and cultural development with a summer, semester, or full year in Germany.  The University offers semester and full year programs in Berlin and Heidelberg, as well as ample funding to support undergraduates pursuing language courses, internships,  research projects, or service projects in the German-speaking countries.

Semester and Full Year Programs

Notre Dame International offers students the opportunity to study in Berlin, Germany, for a semester or a year as part of a facilitated program through the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) of Columbia University. Alternatively, students have the option to participate for a semester or a year in the Heidelberg University AJY program in the picturesque city of Heidelberg, Germany.



Through the BCGS, students enroll at the Freie Universität Berlin, where they experience both cultural immersion and elite academic training in one of the world's most exciting, breathtaking metropoleis.  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
  • The program organizes cultural field trips within Berlin, as well as 3- to 4-day trips to nearby cities including Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, and Weimar
  • Courses include specific study abroad topics, like "German Discourse and Culture", as well as regular university courses alongside German students, in areas as varied as art history, economics, philosophy, and physics 

You can also get a feel for what it's like to study in Berlin through the BCGS Newsletters, published each semester with information on student activities and experiences in the program.


The  Heidelberg University AJY program offers students the chance to grow as German speakers and young academics at the Universität Heidelberg, Germany's oldest and arguably most presitigious academic institution.

For more information about Berlin or Heidelberg, please contact Hannelore Weber at:
(574) 631-7751, or

Watch the video to receive an impression of the Universitätsstadt Heidelberg:

Summer Programs

Berlin Summer Program


This six-week, six-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. 


GE 34141 Berlin Since the War: A Cultural History (fulfills history requirement; political science and German credit; taught in English)
GE 34142 Economics of a Green Germany (economics, political science, German, sustainability minor, energy studies minor credit; taught in English)
GE 34143 Berlin Theater (fulfills fine arts and literature requirement; German credit; taught in German)
GE 34144 Architecture and Design (fulfills fine arts requirement; German credit; taught in English)
German Language Courses (all levels; fulfills language requirement)

Program Dates: May 26th, 2017 – July 8th, 2017


Program Calendar
May 26, 2017:   Student Arrival in Berlin
May 27-28, 2017:  Orientation Weekend
May 29, 2017:    First day of classes
June 3-4, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Hamburg
June 15–18, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Nuremberg 
June 24, 2017:  Day trip to Potsdam 
July 1–2, 2017:  Weekend City Excursion to Dresden
July 7, 2017:  Last Day of Classes; Farewell Celebration
July 8, 2017:  Student Departure

All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students are also eligible.

Housing and Meals
Students are placed in one of two program housing complexes. They either reside in 1) modern apartments in the center of Berlin. Three students per apartment in two bedrooms, one with two beds, shared bath, living, and kitchen, or 2) in a modern unique, contemporary and comfortable youth hostel in the center of Berlin. Three students per 4 bedroom suite, shared bath and living, free WiFi. 200 m to Alexanderplatz. Both locations are ideally located near underground and suburban rail stations. Within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions. The program fee does not include meals or personal spending.

Program Fee includes

  • 6 Notre Dame credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transport to and from airport
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • ​HTH international health and emergency evacuation insurance

Program Fee does not include

  • Airfare (approx. $1,200) • Meals (approx. $1,200)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money 

Learn more/Apply now

Program Contacts
QUESTIONS - please email:
Brigitta E. Richmond
William Collins Donahue
Denise Della Rossa
Steffen Kaupp

Summer Grants

The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies all offer funding to support Notre Dame students who wish to advance their language skills or engage in other meaningful summer activities abroad.

The competition for departmental grants is announced each year in January. For more information, please contact Denise M. Della Rossa at 574-631-2216 or

For information on summer language grants please visit: SLA Grants

For information on research, internships, and service-project grants please visit: Nanovic Grants and Fellowships