Study Abroad

The Department of Germanic Studies sponsors two programs abroad for Undergraduates:

If you have any questions about study abroad options in German, please contact Catherine Baumann, Director of the Department's Language Program.

  • Western Civilization in Vienna 
    Students in Chicago's autumn-quarter Vienna Program study the history of Central Europe in one of its chief capitals, a city of extraordinary beauty and cultural richness. The three-course " Vienna in Western Civilization" sequence is compressed into the ten weeks of autumn quarter and taught in English. Students may complete their Western Civilization sequence while beginning (or continuing) the study of German language. 
  • University-based Program in Berlin 
    The University of Chicago Berlin Program provides students in the College with an opportunity to study for a German semester or an academic year in the exciting capital of a reunited Germany. The Program is operated by the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS), an association of six American universities (comprised of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, and Princeton). It is based at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, a pre-eminent German university located in Dahlem, a villa district in southwest Berlin. Program participants also have access to courses at other major Berlin institutions including Humboldt University and the Technical University. Chicago students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Berlin Program for the full academic year. 

Other study abroad resources for University of Chicago students in the College include:

  • Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG)
    The Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG) Program offers a significant number of awards ($4,000 each) to College students to defray the costs of intermediate or advanced language study abroad. Study programs must be at least eight weeks in duration and located in a setting where the target language is predominantly spoken. Applicants must have completed or tested out of the 103 level of the target language by the program start date. 
  • Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
    The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program in the U.S. Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Interested students are asked to contact the College Center for Research and Fellowships.

You can learn more about University of Chicago programs around the world here

There are many study abroad opportunities for graduate students:

The Germanic Studies Department has two regular exchange programs that offer graduate students an excellent opportunity to spend a semester or a year abroad: with the University of Konstanz and with the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien. Graduate students also have the opportunity to work as on-site coordinators and/or instructors in our study-abroad program in Vienna. In addition, many of our graduate students secure funding to conduct dissertation research abroad, either through the DAAD and the Fulbright Scholar Program or directly from institutions in German-speaking countries, such as the Internationale Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften or the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Finally, our students have the opportunity to conduct archival research at the Deutsche Literaturarchiv in Marbach.