Modern & Classical Languages (MCL)Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Study Away to Germany

Study Away to Germany

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Course Name: Intensive German Language and Culture in Wittenberg

Course Numbers:
GRM 325 (reading materials and writing assignments in German)
IDS 397 (reading materials and writing assignments in English)
LLT 225 (reading materials and writing assignments in English)

Credit Hours: 3 undergraduate hours from MSU, PLUS, depending on language proficiency, students will be placed in one of these three course combinations for 6 hours of transfer credit from the Institute for German Language and Culture of Halle-Wittenberg University:
GRM 201 & 202 Intermediate German 1 & 2
GRM 311 & 312
Conversation & Composition
GRM 400 & 498 Special Topics

Program Highlights:

This comprehensive program offers intensive study and everyday use of the German language; study and direct experience of culture through coursework and field trips to cultural centers in Berlin, Dresden, Halle, and Wittenberg; and development of cultural and language competence through home stays with German families.

Program Fee: $3,500

Program Fee Includes: transportation from Berlin-Tegel airport, stay with a host family including breakfast and dinner, language courses and materials at the Institute for German Language and Culture of Halle-Wittenberg University, excursions including travel and entrance fees, Study Away student fee and medical emergency fund. Separated costs not available.

Program Fee Excludes: Airfare, MSU tuition for 3 hours of undergraduate credit ($601.44); textbooks for MSU course; lunch, snacks, meals on excursions; personal travel; passport & visa fees; immunizations; misc. personal expenses.

Scholarship Eligibility & Financial Aid

Students may apply for the Study Away scholarship to study abroad during winter intersession 2013, spring 2013, and summer 2013 terms. The scholarship is need-based for full-time MSU degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.0 GPA enrolled in an approved Study Away program. Students must complete the scholarship application by February 19, 2013.

Students who receive financial aid through MSU may apply that aid to the program, if eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 836-5262 for more information.

Course Overview

This immersion program involves hearing and speaking German daily, with the goal of developing speaking proficiency rapidly. Participants will stay with German host families while attending classes at the Institute for German Language and Culture of Halle-Wittenberg University. Students will have the opportunity to practice German conversation, order from menus, read road signs, etc., around Wittenberg and while on excursions to other German cities.

The course also will provide an overview of crucial epochs in German history, from the Reformation to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Students will learn about German culture— including art, architecture, religion, politics economics and daily life—through a combination of classroom and direct experiences.

Visits and guided tours of museums and cultural sites will include lecture tours of museums, cities, and cathedrals/synagogues, Martin Luther  monuments, Berlin museums, Berlin history and architecture, Dresden museums, Dresden history and architecture, and history and architecture in Halle.

Students will live with German host families, except for during excursions when they will be living in youth hostels, booked by Halle-Wittenberg University staff.

Course Schedule & Itinerary

Pre-travel Dates, times & locations TBA - GRM 325 German Culture Studies, LLT  Literature in Translation, and IDS 397 International Culture and Study Abroad courses will begin with approximately 12 hours of lecture/discussion taught by Program Director Kelly Schlinder during the second block of the Spring 2013 semester. Travel orientation and logistics also will be covered in the pre-travel class meetings.

Course Credit & Requirements

Students receive 9 hours of undergraduate credit for satisfactory completion of the program. German language and culture courses taught at the Institute for German Language and Culture in Wittenberg, Germany, affiliated with Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. 90 classroom contact hours over 4 1/2 weeks.

Required Text: When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do. Hyde Flippo. ISBN-10: 0844225533. ISBN-13: 978-0844225531.

Other Texts Used: Selected works by Martin Luther, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Andreas Gryphius, Martin Opitz, Friedrich  Schiller, Ludwig Tieck; Die Deutschen, Wulf Köpke. 5th edition; Culture and Customs of Germany, Eckhard Bernstein. The German Way. Hyde Flippo. Online: Tatsachen über Deutschland. http://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de/

Assessment of learning

GRM 325: Progressive Quizzes (two before departure and two in Germany) and one oral interview in Germany; presentations (one due before departure, one in Germany); daily reflective cultural journal in German. Study Away Portfolio consisting of: daily cultural journal in German; weekly vocabulary lists in  German; pictures, museum flyers, and other cultural realia, and course  essays/interviews. Journal written work due weekly while in Germany; completed portfolio with pictures due after return. All readings and writing assignments will be in German.

IDS 397/LLT 225: Progressive Quizzes (two before departure and two in  Germany) and one oral interview in Germany; presentations (one due before departure, one in Germany); portfolio consisting of: daily reflective cultural  journal in English; weekly vocabulary lists in German; pictures, museum flyers, and other cultural realia, and course essays/interviews. Journal written work due weekly while in Germany; completed portfolio with pictures due after return. All readings and writing assignments will be in English.

Application & Payment Procedures

Missouri State University students and others who are approved by a Program Director may apply. Instructions are included on the program application.

MSU Students: A non-refundable deposit of $525 will be billed to your  University account upon application (deadline Jan. 18, 2013). You will receive a second billing on Feb. 22, 2013 and a final billing on March 22, 2013, for the balance of the program fee ($2,975). MSU course tuition ($601.44) will be billed to your University account and is due according to the university payment plan.

Visiting Students: A non-refundable deposit of $525 (check or money order) must accompany your application (deadline Jan. 18, 2013). A check or money order for the balance of the program fee ($2,975) will be due by March 22,  2013. MSU course tuition ($601.44) will be billed to your University account and is due according to your payment plan.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE PARTICIPATION IN THIS STUDY AWAY PROGRAM, THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF THE PROGRAM FEE MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE ONLINE OR AT THE BURSAR’S OFFICE. Estimated program fees are based on rates in effect on the publication date of this flyer and may be subject to change. Program participants agree to a potential increase of up to 10% if rates increase before or during travel.

Cancellation & Refund Policies

  • Students who withdraw prior to April 8, 2013 will receive a refund of fees paid, less the $525 deposit and any non-refundable purchases made on his/her behalf.
  • If a student is forced to withdraw after April 8, 2013 for a bona fide medical reason, s/he will receive a refund of fees paid, less the $525 deposit and expenses. A certificate of incapacitating illness or injury from a licensed physician is required.
  • Students withdrawing voluntarily after April 8, 2013, or withdrawing due to medical reasons not protected under the fees refund policy, receive no refund.
  • Once the program has started, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
  • All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to the Program Director and Director of Study Away Programs at the Study Away Office, Jim D. Morris Center, Suite 403. Non-payment of fees does not guarantee automatic withdrawal.
  • The program will be cancelled if enrollment is fewer than 5 participants. In this event, students will receive a full refund

Interested in going?

Contact either of the program directors, Department of Modern & Classical Languages:

Dr. Judith E. Martin

Teaching: Intermediate German I and II, Conversational Strategies, Topics in German(ic) Literature and Culture, German Reading and Conversation, Seminar Course in German

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Kelly A. Schlinder

Teaching: Elementary German I and II

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