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German Studies

Below you will find programs suggested by both CGIS & the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures for students interested in pursuing courses abroad. Please note that all LSA students receive in-residence credits when studying abroad through CGIS.

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures encourages students to pursue opportunities abroad in order to enhance their education and gain global perspectives on culture and language. An excellent range of study abroad options exists for students at Michigan, including cultural immersion and intensive language training. Some programs presuppose German language skills, while others do not (see below).

Study Abroad courses that are often used for requirements. Almost all courses taken in Germany will count towards German major or minor requirements. Students may also consider taking courses toward their LSA distribution requirements abroad.

Of particular interest to prospective study abroad students are the Academic Year in Freiburg and University Study in Tübingen programs. Many courses designed for German-language-learners are available at these locations, including intensive courses.

For students interested in other programs in Germany where the language-learning component is less central, a placement exam is recommended. Students should speak to a German advisor about how to arrange this.

Process for approval: Students should consult with their German advisor to see how credits abroad might count towards a major or minor.

Contact: If students do not have an assigned German advisor, they can contact

Funding opportunities: Financial aid and scholarships are available for many programs and the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship is also available to all eligible LSA students. The German department also provides a variety of scholarships to students studying the language abroad.

Applicants to the Freiburg and Tübingen programs are also eligible for unique scholarships. All applicants receive instructions to apply for the Baden-Württemberg Stipendium, and early Freiburg applicants may apply for the AYF Alumni Association Gentry Fund.

Next Steps: Once you've spoken to your German advisor, attend a First Step session (optional) where you will learn general information about studying abroad through CGIS.  For detailed information, visit our CGIS Advising page where you can get access to First Step and information on how to meet with peer advisors and program advisors. Our team will be able to help you through the application process and can address any of your questions or concerns in relation to curriculum, navigating your identity, navigating through a specific country, and so much more!

Check out the following regions below for an incomplete list of programs that major or minor students have participated in: