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  • Locations: Jena, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
WFU/Jena, Germany: German Language Study

Take German 208 and finish your language requirement in the heart of Germany! Live in homestays and experience German life and culture.

Dates: Summer 2023. Exact dates TBD. 
Jena      Jena Market jena castle jena group jena palace jena statue
Overview Take German 208 and finish your language requirement in the heart of Germany! Live in homestays and experience German life and culture.

Dates: Summer 2023. Exact dates TBD. 
Location Jena, a small but vibrant city in the state of Thuringia, was once considered the intellectual heart of Germany, if not Europe.  The city and several towns and communities surrounding it were home to Luther, Goethe, Schiller, Romantic writers and thinkers such as Schlegel, Tieck, and Novalis, scientists like Ritter (ultraviolet light) and Zeiss (optical glass), and philosophers such as Fichte and Schelling.  Alongside Jena’s rich intellectual history is its industry.  Manufacturing has always been important in the area, and Zeiss, Jenoptic, Opel, and now Rolls-Royce Turbine Manufacturing call Jena home.  An additional part of Jena’s charm is that it has managed to maintain much of its unique German character.  Because it was located in the former East Germany, the city has not been Americanized, and many of its inhabitants are reluctant to speak English, if they can speak it at all – a definite advantage for those trying to learn German!
Program Students will take German 208, an introduction to literature course, which will fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement.  In this course, we will examine texts that deal explicitly with the region and its history, with a particular emphasis on East Germany, the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 which brought down the Berlin Wall, and the nation’s subsequent process of reunification.  In addition to gaining fluency in German, students will also learn a great deal about German culture, history, and politics in the midst of the locations and landmarks where these important events unfolded.

Note: GER 153 will be offered on the WFU campus during summer session I. Students interested in completing their language requirement over the summer could take 153 at WFU during summer session I and then 208 in Germany over summer session II. 
Faculty 2023 Faculty Leader
Grant McAllister
Associate Prof of German
Accommodation Homestays, two students per house. Breakfast and most dinners provided.
Excursions Excursions include a trip to Berlin, a unique European metropolis, where we will see remnants of the former Eastern regime and explore the city’s dazzlingly diverse cultural offerings.  We will also visit charming Weimar, where we can tour Goethe’s home; Leipzig, the seat of the Peaceful Revolution; and the concentration camp Buchenwald, where we will learn about the area’s role in World War II and the Holocaust. 
Selection Interest in German language and culture
Successful completion of GER 153
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2022 summer rate was $950/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for summer 2023. 
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee- $4,950
Tuition (3hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $2,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $520
Estimated total cost - $10,320
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies. Deadline February 15th. 

The German Department also offers the Sanders Scholarship, with awards up to $2,000. The Sanders Scholarship deadline is the first Monday after Thanksgiving break. Applications are available in the German Department Office, Green Hall Suite 333. 
Contact 2023 Faculty Leader
Grant McAllister
Asst. Teaching. Prof of German

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor

WFU/Jena Global Ambassador
Zach Bokhari