Brandeis Study Abroad Account
Office of Study Abroad
Usdan 169, MS 073
German Language and Literature Program
Shiffman, MS 024
Study Abroad Ambassadors
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German Language and Literature
The German Language and Literature Program encourages students to study abroad in a German-speaking country for a few weeks during the summer after your first year, and then for one or two semesters as a junior. This experience will help you practice and strengthen your proficiency, and develop cultural awareness.
1. Can I receive German credit for courses taken overseas?
Students may count three courses per semester of study abroad up to a maximum of four courses towards the major and up to a maximum of two courses for the minor.
Brandeis courses are defined in terms of credit hours (duration). For example, full-credit fall and spring courses usually meet for at least 39 hours. However, courses and credits may be structured differently at other universities and/or programs in other countries.
2. What types of courses can I take abroad that will count for German credit?
The German major and minor cover the broad spectrum of German language, literature, history, art, politics, philosophy and culture. Any course taken abroad that focuses on German language, literature, history, or culture will count toward the major or minor. Such courses can be conducted in either English or German.
Provided you have not previously enrolled in a similar Brandeis course, the following courses would fulfill the department's criteria for Brandeis credit:
- German Literature and Cinema
- Theodor Fontane
- Post-war debates about the German 'Sonderweg'
- Secession and the Berlin Art Scene at the Turn of the Century
- Arabic Literature
There are exceptions to these guidelines. It is important to discuss your courses with the German study abroad liaison.
- IES/ Vienna: European Society & Culture
- Boston University/ Dresden Internship Program
- IES/ Berlin: Language & Area Studies
Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of approved programs in German-speaking countries.
Each academic department and program has a study abroad liaison who can answer questions about receiving major/minor credit and help you make choices about your study abroad program. You should speak with this faculty member before you go abroad, and again once you have returned.
The liaison for German is Prof. Sabine von Mering
It is your responsibility to ensure that the German study abroad liaison receives copies of all official paperwork regarding your study abroad. Please keep all materials (syllabi, handouts, exercises, quizzes, exams, papers) from each course for which you hope to receive credit in case questions arise.
Students wishing to receive credit in German for non-Brandeis courses during the academic year should should discuss their desired coursework with their study abroad liaison for German. After returning from abroad, download and complete the electronic Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) gives out a number of grants for students interested in studying in Germany. DAAD's primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany, therefore Germany must be a component of your intended academic travel. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; we consider the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.
The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at Brandeis also provides funding for travel, study and research in Germany. Research projects must relate to German and European Studies to be eligible for funding. CGES is especially interested in projects related to its DAAD grant-funded activities in contemporary German/European art and literature, recent political developments in Eastern and Central Europe, Russian-European relations after the cold war, current European initiatives on Climate Change, and Jewish-German dialogue. Applicants who have previously received a CGES award are eligible to apply again, but first-time applicants will be given priority.
Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad are available for students receiving need-based financial aid. Application materials are available online and in our office.
Visit the Study Abroad Financial Information page to read more about funding your study abroad experience.
Of course, the most important thing is that you enjoy your time abroad. Viel Spaß!
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