Colorado College began a short-term Study Abroad program in Germany in 1973 with a view toward providing its students a rich and integrative experience in German life and letters. Since 1983, the Department of German has been offering students a semester-long unique learning and living program in Lüneburg, Northern Germany. This study program is open to Colorado College students and applicants from selected colleges. The prerequisites are two semesters of German (GR 101 and GR 102) or the equivalent.
Classes are taught during the American Spring semester at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, an institution of higher learning of the State of Lower Saxony. It involves faculty from both the Colorado College and the University of Lüneburg. The semester begins with GR 201 (Intermediate German II) in block 5, then GR 202 (Intermediate German II) in block 6, followed by GR 314 German Culture and History) in block 7 and GR 320 (Contemporary German Drama) in block 8. All classes are taught in German under Colorado College's intensive "block system" but students are fully integrated at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Field trips in every block support the classroom experience. There is an Easter break for travel in Europe as well as a ten-day spring break between blocks 6 and 7. Students are formally enrolled at the university and have access to all facilities of the school. Private accommodations with local families enhance the program and language learning. Program dates are generally in blocks 5 through 8.
For additional information and an application, contact Armin Wishard. You may also see below for more information on specific aspects of the program! The greatest number of pictures can be found in the photo gallery.
Check out this article on Lüneburg featured in German Life magazine.
The application form and the Colorado College "Release of Liability" must be submitted to the Department of German along with a non-refundable deposit of $100. Colorado College students must also sign up for the program during the regular pre-registration in March/April. The program dates for the spring 2014 semester are: January 20 - May 14, 2014. Download the application.
Students will be billed for regular Colorado College tuition while abroad. Students must also carry personal or college health insurance and sign a release to that effect. Room and board costs for the program must be paid in full to the program director at CC before departing for Germany. Deadline: November 20, 2013. Some financial assistance is available from the department and students on financial aid may may apply their assistance to the program.
NOTE: While primary consideration is given to CC students in the admissions process, qualified applicants from other institutions are encouraged to apply! The prerequisite for the program is completion of GR102 (two semesters of German or the equivalent).
The Department of German will supply to participants a detailed information booklet outlining the various aspects of the program, instruction, travel, sight-seeing opportunities, and helpful hints for the stay abroad. Brochures with detailed information about the program are available in the German Department or upon request.
|Room, board, and fees per semester||$4,700|
|Transportation: air fare from Denver and ground transportation in Europe||$1,100|
Students also pay Colorado College tuition for one semester (approximately $21,900 in 2013-2014). Those who are currently on financial aid may be eligible for special financial support as determined by the Financial Aid Office. The Department also offers a small subsidy to participants, regardless of financial aid status. Fees do not include incidental personal expenditures, which can be expected to be slightly higher than during a semester on campus. Air travel from other cities may be somewhat higher or lower. Note that room and board costs are lower than on campus at CC; therefore, the program abroad, except for air fare, should not result in substantially higher costs to the student.
The site of the German program is Lüneburg, one of the oldest and most picturesque cities in Northern Germany. The city can look back to a thousand-year-old history. It reached prominence in the Middle Ages as a result of the lucrative salt trade and the Hanseatic League which joined it with other important commercial cities. The center of Lüneburg, dominated by magnificent homes dating back several hundreds of years, still attests to the city's earlier prominence. World War II left the area rather unscathed. Today the splendor of the past is evident everywhere in this historical town.
Today, Lüneburg is a city of 70,000 with central importance in the Federal State of Lower Saxony. Its proximity to the major German cities of Hamburg, Lübeck, Hannover, and Berlin, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, the Scandinavian countries, and the Czech Republic makes this an ideal study center for American students.
The cooperation with the University (students are formally enrolled at the Leuphana University Lüneburg with all associated privileges) and housing with local families ensure broad contacts with both citizens and university students. The rich culture of Northern Germany will become accessible through field trips incorporated in the curriculum, including a visit to Berlin, Vienna, and other cities.
The German Department will suggest a flight schedule from Denver or other cities at the lowest possible rate, as well as train transportation to Lüneburg. Students should arrange for their own flights and notify the German Department of their itinerary. All class excursions and field trips are included in the program at no additional expense to the student. As part of the program, students receive a University of Lüneburg ID card which serves as a bus pass for free travel in the county, as well as a train pass for travel to Hamburg, Lübeck and Uelzen.
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