Education Abroad for
German Language Majors
Globalize Your Education
German Language students are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in a study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your German major through the first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture.
Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your German Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.
Why Study Abroad?
When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context. It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.
You can Afford to Study Abroad!
Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program!
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee!
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000!
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.
I think that studying in Germany and living among German speakers was a great boost to my German language skills and it also helped me feel like I fit in better when I returned to German classes at PSU, as someone who has actually been there, seen some of the sites, etc...[It] made me decide to add a second major in German. I was originally minoring in German but now I want to get a degree.
- Christine Claringbold
Program: GEO German Language and Culture in Berlin
Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for German Majors and Minors?
The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to German.
CIEE Open Campus in Berlin, Germany
CIEE Summer in Berlin
GEO: Intensive German Language in Berlin
GEO: German Language and Culture in Berlin
IE3 Global Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg
IE3 Global Germany: Heidelberg Accelerated Program
IE3 Global Germany: Tübingen, SIP - Summer
USAC Germany: German Language, and German/European Studies in Lüneburg
Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs.
Ready to take the Next Step?
Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps.