Enroll Directly at a German University
Students who are interested in spending an entire year or the spring semester in Germany are encouraged to apply for the scholarships to the Universities of Göttingen and Regensburg, Germany. The German Program also offers a fall semester in Lüneburg, Germany. Check out our study abroad photo gallery!
The CC German Program offers two outstanding opportunities each year for students to study abroad in Germany for a full academic year or a semester.
Each year, two CC students are awarded scholarships by the Program to study at either the University of Regensburg or the University of Göttingen. The two lucky students study full-time at the university of their choice, in addition to receiving a stipend designed to cover living expenses and German health insurance while abroad. .
See below for the application process. Contact Professor Christiane Steckenbiller or William Davis for more information about the Regensburg or Göttingen programs, or for information on the Lüneburg program.
The prerequisites are five semesters of German (GR 101, 102, 201, 202, and 305) or the equivalent.
We encourage the applicants to be in their second year at Colorado College. Juniors may apply but should be aware of the complications arising from spending the senior year abroad (has the student fulfilled the all-college requirements; has student made necessary arrangements with their department regarding the senior project? etc.). Students need not major in any particular subject at CC or abroad, but there must be evidence of adequate language preparation and ability to adjust successfully to a year of living and studying in Germany. Some knowledge of the culture, history, geography, and political-social situation in Germany is a prerequisite.
Students agree to live in the German House for one year upon return to CC in support of the CC German Program.
Students are invited to submit an application for exchange scholarships to the Universities of Regensburg in southern Germany or Göttingen in northern Germany. Students will pay Colorado College tuition but no tuition at the host university. The scholarships include a monthly stipend for ten months at the host university. The amount increases periodically; it has been approximately 500 EUROS per month in Regensburg and 400 EUROS per month in Göttingen. Each stipend is generally sufficient to cover living expenses and German health insurance. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Germany. The German Program and the International Programs Office will assist with housing and registration formalities, and will make available a general guide to each university. The German Program will cover the initial language course that is offered at both universities before the semester begins. We will also cover administrative fees and the semester ticket at both schools (approximately 150 EUROS/semester in Regensburg and 300 EUROS/semester in Göttingen). Students are responsible for personal expenses and incidental charges as they would be on the home campus. This amount will vary depending on each student.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Applications are due on SUMMIT on the last day of block 5 (approximately mid-February).
On Summit each student will have to answer several essay questions regarding past experience supporting the application (previous travel, work, educational experiences and interests); progress toward a CC major or minor; the effect of a year in Germany on graduation plans; and ability and willingness to live in the German House for one year.
Additional material (to be uploaded on Summit):
- Academic transcript (unofficial)
- An application letter in which you address your academic interests, progress toward the major/minor, future career plans, and the reasons why you would like to study abroad and which university you might prefer (if any). If you have a preference, you should carefully research both universities and describe why they would be a good fit. This statement needs to be a well-written formal essay, no longer than 2 pages. It should also include your name, date, and institutional affiliation. (We may use this essay to request funding from the Max Kade Foundation.)
- For non-majors or non-minors: two letters of recommendation from faculty members outside the German Program upon request
Material to be handed in after acceptance into the program:
- A statement of purpose catered specifically toward Regensburg or Göttingen (after reviewing all applications the German Program will decide which university might be the best fit). This statement will be sent to the respective universities and will help them find an academic advisor and home department for you. Therefore, you should specifically address your academic interests, progress toward the major/minor, future career plans, and the reasons why you would like to study abroad. In particular, you need to identify courses you might want to take in Germany and how you would benefit from them. This statement needs to be a well-written formal essay, no longer than 2 pages. It should also include your name, date, and institutional affiliation.
- Learning Agreement