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Language Study Scholarships

Studying in a German-speaking country:

Sturm Scholarship Award

Sturm Scholarships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to a German-speaking country for an overseas experience, such as studying language at a Goethe-Institut.

University of Michigan students who enroll in a German language course at a Goethe-Institut will receive a $250-$1,500 scholarship. The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures' Executive Committee will determine the Sturm Family Scholarships recipients. Scholarship amounts will be determined based on the student's status as a German major or minor and the length of time the student will be studying at a Goethe Institut. The scholarship guidelines are established each spring for the following twelve months. For example:

  • German Majors: $600 per four-week course up to a maximum of $1,500 per twelve-week course
  • German Minors: $300 per four-week course up to a maximum of $750 per twelve-week course

If you have any questions, please contact the German department's undergraduate advisorsgermanadvising@umich.edu.

Eligibility Criteria

Students must be German majors or minors, in good academic standing (not academic probation), and plan to study the German language overseas.

Application Submission

If you are planning to attend a Goethe Institut in Germany during the:

  • Winter term: the application deadline is in early December.
  • Spring/Summer term: the application deadline is the fourth Monday of March. 

Donor Information

For one month of courting and 40-plus years of matrimony, DeVere and Zita Sturm have loved one another and Germany, the country that brought them together. Their German roots, DeVere’s time at the University, and the fact that three of their four children studied German at U-M inspired the Sturms to help students visit the country that united them. The Sturm Family Endowment supports undergraduates in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures traveling to Germany for opportunities to work and study abroad. After seeing the effect that traveling abroad had on their own children, it was clear they needed to establish an endowment to provide an opportunity to students to travel or study in Germany, thus uniting the Sturms’ German heritage with their interest in the University of Michigan.

Studying at Middlebury Language School:

Scholarships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate students who enroll in Middlebury Language School to study German. 

University of Michigan students who enroll in the 7-week German School at Middlebury Language School will receive up to a $1,000 scholarship. The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures' Executive Committee will determine the award recipients. Award amounts are based on the student's GPA, answers to essay questions (one essay answer must be written in the German language), and financial need. 

If you have any questions, please contact the German department's undergraduate advisors, germanadvising@umich.edu.

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate students must be in good academic standing (not academic probation), and enroll in and attend Middlebury Language School to study German. 

Application Submission

The application is due by the fourth Monday of March.