German Language and Literature

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Austria

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.

Sample of Approved Programs with German Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of approved programs in German-speaking countries. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where AAAS courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

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. Kathrin Seidl.

Requesting Credit in German

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 complete the electronic Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form.

Scholarships

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.

FAQs

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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.

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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.

Courses in a range of other disciplines, e.g., in art history, economics, etc., might qualify for transfer credits if there is a significant focus on German speaking countries. Please consult with the German study abroad liaison to decide on the optimal course selection that meets your personal needs and interests.