Study abroad in Germany this summer.

Study abroad in Germany this summer.



June 1 – July 13, 2024 (six weeks)

With a long and complex history in European politics, East-West relations, scientific innovation, and artistic production, Germany’s capital city of Berlin is a magnet for cultural enthusiasts, history buffs, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and students from around the globe. Berlin remains in a continuous state of becoming, with its interplay of the finished and unfinished, old and new. It is a city rich in culture, politics, history, and diversity, with a myriad of things to see and do. Berlin has a well-networked and efficient public transportation system, allowing visitors to combine their interests in urban life with their desires to bask in the sun in one of the city’s many parks or by the shores of one of its lakes or waterways.

Students on the Berlin summer program register for two units of German language instruction (see options below). Course instructors will incorporate field trips in the city and the surrounding area to enhance students’ cultural knowledge and proficiency.


GERM 101-102

2 units
Elementary German

GERM 201-202

2 units
Intermediate German

Germ 305

1 unit
Grammar & Composition

GERM 402

1 unit
Advanced Conversation

GERM 404

1 unit
Advanced Conversation & Syntax

NOTE: Students who have already taken GERM 202 should consult with the German Studies coordinator about which combination of courses they should select for the summer program.

University of Richmond program participants will receive two units of academic credit toward graduation. Students registered for the intermediate German sequence (GERM 201-202) will fulfill the COM2 requirement. Students enrolled in GERM 202 and 300-level and above courses may apply those units toward a German Studies major or minor.

Language instruction is entirely in German and taught by experienced language teachers with demonstrated excellence in language pedagogy according to the most up-to-date standards for language acquisition.

Faculty Leader

Dr. Kathrin M. Bower
Kathrin Bower

Professor of German - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Cost & Program Information


Costs are approximate, do not include airfare, and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors.

Scholarship Assistance: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Students who anticipate needing additional financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid and/or the Program Leader about external funding opportunities. Many external scholarships have early deadlines (e.g. in December or January), so students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible.

What's included?
  • 2 units of University of Richmond credit
  • course materials
  • on-site orientation
  • welcome and farewell buffet
  • home-stay accommodations and half-board
  • Berlin metropass
  • student ID for reduced prices at university dining facilities, museums, cinemas, theaters, concerts, and other cultural activities
  • on-site supervision by faculty leader
Activities & Excursions
  • sight-seeing tours in and around Berlin
  • weekly film screenings
  • conversation tables and co-curricular programming beyond the classroom

Program participants will be housed in private homes with carefully selected host families within normal commuting distance (20-40 minutes). Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family. For lunch during the week, participants can eat in the student cafeteria adjacent to the building where classes are held.

Round Trip Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own transportation to and from Berlin. Airfare and airport transfer costs are not included in the program fee.

Ready to apply?

Application Deadline

February 15

Apply online through Gateway Abroad, our study abroad application portal.