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Study Abroad Programs

The German department and the Center for Global and Intercultural Study offer study abroad programs for students of German.

Academic Year in Freiburg, Germany

By participating in the Academic Year in Freiburg, students can practically earn all credits required for a German major and may possibly get distribution credits and credits towards a second major; and they will live in one of the most attractive and desired places in Germany. Sophomores are allowed to participate in this program.

Tuition for this year-long program is covered by a program fee ($7,500/term), and students receive U-M in-residence credit for the courses they take during the Academic Year in Freiburg. Students are not required to pay U-M tuition during the year abroad. Additional costs include GeoBlue Health Insurance (estimate: $500 for the year), a University of Freiburg course fee ($250), travel, room, and board. Students remain eligible for financial aid. Each student accepted for study in the Academic Year in Freiburg program will receive $500 from the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures to be applied towards the program fee (non-refundable scholarship).  Additional scholarships up to $3,000 may be available, based on financial need and/or merit. Get more information on the study abroad scholarships webpage.

Winter Term in Tübingen, Germany

The University of Tübingen program takes place in the Winter term, and is intended for students who have completed at least German 221/231 or a 300-level German course by the end of the preceeding fall term. 

While students enroll for the winter term at U-M, they take classes during "Sommersemester" at Universität Tübingen (mid April - late July). The German department recommends that students precede their stay in Tübingen by attending one or two four-week sessions at the Goethe Institut in Schwäbisch Hall (January and/or February). (Please talk with an undergraduate advisor about the Goethe segment.) The Tübingen program starts early in March with a mandatory Kompaktkurs (6 credits) or a Startkurs (3 credits).  Students earn 15-18 credits for the winter term: the courses taken in Tübingen can be language courses for international students or regular university courses. Tübingen credits can be used to satisfy degree requirements for a German major or minor.

Each student accepted for the semester abroad program in Tübingen will receive up to $1,000 from the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures; additional scholarships up to $2,500 may be available, based on financial need and/or merit. More information is available on the study abroad scholarships webpage.

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Advisors for German (

All students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad for University-related purposes must comply with LSA International Travel Policy.