There is no better way to improve language skills than studying abroad. Spending a year or a semester abroad is highly recommended for students interested in majoring in German. Besides being able to speak German every day, students can experience the German culture first hand. Since Germany is in the center of Western Europe, students studying abroad in Germany can easily plan weekend trips to bordering countries such as France, Austria, Poland, Denmark and many more. Your German experience can become an international one.
The MU International Center, the Missouri School of Journalism Study Abroad program, and the Department of German and Russian Studies offer a variety of programs for students to study abroad. What follows is a list of programs MU offers, along with requirements you would need to meet.
Check out the insider's guide to the Leipzig cooperative Study Abroad program developed by MU students!
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I. Germany in the Summer for all language levels
(Without previous knowledge of German up to advanced knowledge)
The University of Leipzig was founded in 1409. It is the second oldest university in Germany and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Students can explore this fascinating history by visiting its internationally recognized library which was established in 1543 and houses over five million books and 7,700 periodicals. Leipzig is internationally renowned for its strong history of academic excellence and maintains affiliations with similarly recognized universities throughout the world. This tradition of excellence is demonstrated through notable alumni of the university which includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and no fewer than three Nobel Prize recipients.
Students participating in this summer program will take University of Missouri classes hosted at the University of Leipzig. Students will complete six credit hours of coursework that will apply toward a Journalism or German degree or Humanities credit. This program includes excursions to media and cultural sites throughout the area. Students will better their German language skills while experiencing the culture and system of journalism in Germany. In addition to the journalism curriculum, students will complete a German language and culture class.
The DAAD New York has announced a significant increase in the number of University Summer Course Grants available to US and Canadian students for the summer of 2012.
These scholarships are available for a broad range of three- to four- week summer courses taught in German at various German universities, which focus mainly on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive advanced language learning as well as extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. For a full list of courses please visit our university summer course search engine at the DAAD website.
For Leipzig application information: http://www.mujournalismabroad.com/leipzig.html
Check out the insider's guide to the Leipzig cooperative Study Abroad program developed by MU students!
Founded in 1527, the University in Marburg is the oldest Protestant university in Germany. With 16 different faculties, Marburg offers a wide variety of research possibilities. With a castle and a large part of the historic city, Marburg offers a romantic atmosphere in the heart of the federal state Hessen.
The summer university program is perfect for students with different language skills. For beginners with no previous knowledge, Marburg offers a beginners class. Students who arrive in Marburg with language skills take a language test to be placed in the right class. Besides the everyday language class, students are offered regular credit classes on European issues from the fields of politics, literature, culture, media and economics. The students can choose from courses taught in English, German or Russian. These courses generally will count towards MU’s General Education requirements or for the major or minor in German.
For application deadlines and costs, please check the International Center’s website and search for Marburg under Program search.
General website: http://www.uni-marburg.de/
International Summer University: http://www.uni-marburg.de/isu
Freie Universität Berlin - FUBiS
FUBiS is the International Summer and Winter University of the Freie Universität Berlin. It is an intensive academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter.
The program offers intensive and semi-intensive German language classes on up to five different proficiency levels. In addition, FUBiS offers subject classes on various topics, which meet two to four days a week. These classes are held mostly in English by distinguished German or international faculty.
FUBiS classes make use of the vast historic, cultural, and political institutions and resources Berlin offers. Study and field trips to museums, memorials as well as political and cultural institutions are integral parts of the curriculum.
The Term dates for 2016 are as follows:
Term I: January 5-January 28 (three weeks, registration open until December 8, 2015)
Term II: June 4-July 16, 2016 (six weeks, registration will be open end of November 2015)
Term III: July 23-August 20, 2016 (four weeks, registration will be open end of November 2015)
II. Germany for a Semester or up to a Year
(For students with advanced language skills)
MU offers 3 different programs for students who want to study abroad for a semester or up to a year. MU students can study in Tübingen, Saarbrücken or Bonn in the spring semester or for a whole year.
A semester up to a year is especially tempting for students who want to improve their German on an academic level, too. Besides intensive language training, students can experience German classroom culture, seminars and lectures. They will live and study in a German environment and, as this option is a step above a summer program, students will learn and practice German on an everyday basis. Students with excellent academic performance who consider studying in Germany for a semester of a full academic year should apply for scholarships through the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CDS), Fulbright, or others (see the MU International Center).
For application deadlines and costs, please check the International Center's website and search for Bonn under Program search:
Madeline Sommerfeld, who went to Bonn previously, was interviewed by MU's Study Abroad - read a bit about her experience here!
For application deadlines and costs, please check the International Center's website and search for Saarbrücken under Program search:
For application deadlines and costs, please check the International Center's website and search for Tübingen under Program search:
For General information about study abroad opportunities in Germany: http://study-in.de/en/
III. Studying in Austria or Switzerland
MU has agreements with several consortia with whom you are able to study in various cities of Austria or Switzerland. Check them out!
Study Abroad Programs http://academic.studyabroad.com/
IV. Deutsche Sommerschulen in USA
An excellent way to be totally immersed into the language and culture is participation in one of the several summer institutes in the US. Usually that involves a commitment of not speaking English for 4-6 weeks while living with a group of students and faculty and taking classes for credit.
Overview of the various programs: http://www.aatg.org/german-summer-school-usa
V. Funding for Study Abroad: Information and Advice
New Scholarship opportunities for majors in the College of Arts & Science!
Scholarships are available for all MU-sponsored study abroad summer, semester, and yearlong programs.
* Students enrolled in semester or yearlong programs are eligible for up to $6,500 award.
*Students enrolled in 4+-credit summer programs are eligible for up to $4,500 award.
*Students enrolled in 1-3-credit summer or intersession programs are eligible for up to $3,500 award.
DAAD: The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a wide variety of stipends and scholarships that target students of engineering, music, business, and the sciences in particular. If you are an Arts & Science major you should apply for the undergraduate stipend.
MU is connected to the DAAD and Jim Scott in the International Center is the person to talk to and consult about what steps to take before sending off your application.ATTENTION: deadlines vary each year. Usually the summer stipend deadline is in themiddle of December for the following summer, and the semester or year-long study stipend deadline is in the middle of January for the following Fall/Spring semesters.
Other Advice: Ask one of their "young ambassadors" (past stipend recipients) for help and information, website. For 2014-15, Andrew Allee, a biochemistry major here at MU, was appointed as a DAAD Young Ambassador. He is available to assist students with their scholarship applications. Andrew was a recipient of a RISE internship in 2013. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Fellowship Office.
Pay close attention to the instructions. When you need recommendations, make sure you give people enough time and follow-up on whetherthey sent them off. Have several people look over your project proposal, which is probably the most important part of the application.
Other funding sources
CBYX Congress Bundestag Stipend - The MU liaison is Rebecca Triatik in the International center.
National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Funding for undergraduates to participate in research projects funded by the National Science Foundation. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering - Summer internships for undergraduate students from the US, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE summer placements take place with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany.
Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program - Eight to ten-week summer internships in the sciences, social sciences or humanities. The program is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in these areas to consider research careers in academic, public or private sectors.
European Undergraduate Research Opportunities - EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced undergraduates whereby students have the opportunity to conduct research at a high caliber institution in a chosen field of study while taking a language and culture class. Twelve different European universities are participating as host institutions for the exceptional students in this program.
Research Internships in Science and Engineering in Germany - Opportunity for students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects. The doctoral students help integrate the undergraduate directly into the lab work and sere as personal and professional mentors. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance
Web Guru Guide to Research for Undergraduates - Information about research opportunities, scholarships/fellowships, and much more.