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Wheaton in Germany

Program Overview

Wheaton in Germany is a summer study program enabling students to build their language proficiency in German, deepen their learning through visits to sites of historical interest, and develop their intercultural competence through interactions with native speakers. Based in Munich and Berlin, the program also includes side travel to other German cities and Salzburg, Austria.

  • Sponsoring Department: Modern and Classical Languages
  • Program Leader: Dr. Grant Henley
  • Term: Summer  
  • Program Dates:  May 29 - July 27, 2018
  • Estimated Cost: $TBD* (airfare not included)
  • Prerequisites: Students must have fulfilled the foreign language competency requirement in German (GERM 201 or the equivalent) or have successfully completed at least one 300-level course. 
    Non-Wheaton students must have completed at least two years of college-level German with a grade of B or above, or have received permission from the program leader. 
    Given the linguistic focus of the program, foreign language substitution accommodations cannot be offered.
  • Eligibility: Both Wheaton and non-Wheaton College students who meet basic German language prerequisites and other program expectations
  • Highlights: Intentional interactions with Christians in Germany from a wide variety of confessional/ecclesial backgrounds have been a key component of the Wheaton in Germany program since its inception in 1977. Students participate in worship in both "free" and "established" church congregations, and they engage practicing Christians from many walks of life in home stay settings, group activities, and service learning placements.

Course Offerings

During the program, all students will take a course in German language and cultural history and complete an internship:

  • GERM 343:  "What is German?" (4 credit hours)
    A survey of cultural periods and developments in German-speaking Europe from early beginnings in the Holy Roman Empire to the present-day Berlin Republic with special focus on the question of German national identity. (Global Perspectives [GP] / Historical Perspectives [HP] Thematic Tags)
  • GERM 496:  Internship (4 credit hours)
    Approximately 160 hours of internship work with a German host organization. All internship placements are arranged in advance by the program leader; students will be involved in special projects, social service, and/or discipline-specific service learning in a language immersion setting.

German majors completing the program will satisfy the study abroad requirement.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition for eight credit hours, all administrative fees, orientation materials, lodging while overseas (with breakfast), local transportation, all group excursions and land travel in Germany and Austria, and museum entrance fees. Students will be responsible for the textbooks, lunch and dinner most days, and personal expenses; we recommend a minimum of $200 for other personal expenses and souvenirs. There will be several group meals that are covered by the program.

*Estimated program fees are based on a minimum of six participants; final cost may vary slightly depending on the final itinerary, actual number of participants, and exchange rates in the spring of the year the program is run.

Learn More

If you would like further information or have questions about Wheaton in Germany, please contact Dr. Grant Henley, Department Chair and Associate Professor of German. 

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.