May 5 - July 21, 2023
The aim of this eleven-week summer program is to enable American students to learn about German and European history, politics, economic life and culture firsthand in Germany. Students earn 9 University of Texas college credits in an eleven-week course of study. It will be conducted both parallel to and integrated with the regular German university semester. This way, the participants will be exposed to the normal workings of a German university and to German student life.
The program will offer second-year German (GER 312K and GER 312L, equivalent to GER 612; 6 credits). Students thus can fulfill their UT language requirement by attending the program. More advanced students also can take upper division composition and conversation (3 credits for either GER 330C or for GER 379). In addition, lectures on History, Politics, Literature, and Art History will be conducted in English, and two can be combined for credit for either GSD 321W or EUS 356. Completion of first-year German by April 2023 is a prerequisite for participation.
Würzburg is an old city of 120,000 inhabitants. Astride the river Main in northern Bavaria, 90 minutes from Frankfurt International Airport, Würzburg is a city of easily manageable size and great cultural and historical interest. The dominant influences on the character of the city include the feudal past, baroque architecture, wine culture and the University.
The University and the Faculty
The program will be conducted at the University of Würzburg by regular faculty members. The University, founded in 1582, is a renowned institution of higher learning consisting of 12 schools and divisions with approximately 20,000 students. Faculty members for the program have been recruited from the Departments of Art History, History, Economics, English and American Studies. In addition, Dr. Vincent VanderHeijden from the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin will teach in the Program.
University of Würzburg webpage
The Summer Program is designed as an academic program that will consist of morning and afternoon lectures and classes. Evaluation of written assignments and tests will determine the letter grades for courses.
Excursions to sites of historical and cultural interest (including a five-day excursion to Berlin) will serve to complement classroom work, especially in history and art history.
This Year's Program
This year's program will run from May 5, 2023, until July 21, 2023.
Arrival in Germany on Friday, May 5, 2023 (departure from US on May 4). Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the "Meeting point" in the Arrival Hall in Terminal 1, Level 1, of Frankfurt International Airport. Transfer from Frankfurt Airport to Würzburg will occur by chartered bus.
1. German Language
- A) Second-year German (GER 312K and GER 312L, equivalent to GER 612; 6 credits)
- B) Upper-division composition and conversation (GER 330C or GER 379; 3 credits). Prerequisite: completion of GER 612 or equivalent.
2. Germany and Europe: History — Culture (taught in English)
1.5 credits per course, 2 courses minimum.
A) History and Government: "German Unity and Europe in the 19th and 20th Century"
B) Art History: "From the Middle Ages to the Baroque"
C) Literature: "Cross-Cultural Impressions: Germans in America, Americans in Germany."
D) Economics: "The Basic Concept of Social Market Economy and the Economic Prospects for the European Union."
Students can earn credit for German Cultural History (GSD 321W) and/or Germany and Europe since 1945 (EUS 356) by taking a combination of two or all four of the above courses
Three one-day excursions to:
Five-day excursion to Berlin.
Video (below) credit: Savannah Jobman
Each summer, a faculty member from Germanic Studies accompanies the group as resident director in Würzburg throughout the eleven weeks of instruction. They organize and partly teach the Program's German language courses and are available to assist and advise participants. They also review the participants' grades for program work and serves as a liaison to the home institution. This summer’s director will be Dr. Vincent Vanderheijden
Students will be housed in local dormitories. Rooms may differ in furnishing, location and spaciousness. Each student will have a room with kitchen and bathroom access. Room assignments will be made by local staff; a change of accommodations is not possible. Each participant will be able to use public transportation in Würzburg (bus, streetcar) free of charge for the time of the Program.
All Summer School students below the age of 30 will be provided with comprehensive health insurance in Germany during the Program. Students are required to purchase the International Student ID which offers coverage to students while in transit and while travelling outside of Germany. The University of Würzburg or the University of Texas at Austin cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage sustained during the Summer School.
All students taking part in UT-sponsored international travel are automatically enrolled in the UT Overseas Insurance plan through On Call International, which is designed to support students who become sick or injured while abroad. Overseas Insurance costs $19 per week.
Where and when to apply
Students should apply through the:
Department of Germanic Studies
Burdine Hall 336
The application form is available online (21K) (please type and print).
Paper copies of the application form also can be obtained from the Department of Germanic Studies. The application must be received no later than December 1, 2022. For questions concerning application procedures and scholarship information, contact the Center for Global Educational Opportunities at the address above. If you have other questions about this program, contact the directors, Dr. Vanderheijden (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr. Peter Hess (email@example.com)
Please note the Federal Republic of Germany at this point requires non-citizen travelers to Germany to be fully vaccinated, although these regulations may change by the beginning of the program. Being fully vaccinated also is an important prerequisite for being able to function in Germany. It is the responsibility of each student to meet the requirements for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany. Check this link for the latest information. Please also note that students will be required to abide by University of Würzburg and German government Covid regulations.
The University of Texas at Austin wants all program applicants to be aware of this Risk Notification Statement, which is binding for all program participants.
Thursday, November 10, 5:00 pm: Information session in BUR 337.
Tuesday, November 15, 3:30 pm: Information session in BUR 337
December 1, 2022: application deadline
Tuesday, February 7, 3:30 pm: Orientation meeting in BUR 337.
Friday, March 1, 2023: Payment deadline for $2,800 program fee.
Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 pm: Orientation meeting at BUR 337
The cost for participation in the Program is as follows:
- $2,800 Program fee (includes courses in Würzburg, housing, local transportation, transfer from Frankfurt International Airport to Würzburg, excursions, local health insurance, and overnight accommodations).
- UT tuition and fees: $1,000 flat fee for summer registration.
- International air fare.
- Students should budget $30 per day for meals and incidentals. Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in the U.S.A, but ATM machines are widely available.
- On Call International coverage ($209).
- Study Abroad registration fee ($75).
- Incidental expenses: books, passport, international student ID, etc.
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts is providing generous scholarships funding for this program. All UT program students are eligible to apply. Submit the scholarship application online at https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/scholarships-awards/. The due date is February 1.
Students are also encouraged to seek financial support through the International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) and through other scholarship programs. The IEFS deadline is March 1. The application form is at: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/student/abroad/schl/globalassist.WBX.
Student financial aid may be applied to this program (with the exception of work study); check with your financial aid counselor. Further funding options are detailed on the SAB website: http://world.utexas.edu/abroad/funding/scholarships/ut.
A University bill for the program fee ($2,800) will be generated once the program has received final approval (first week of March). This bill must be paid through UTDirect by March 1, 2023. We will be able to arrange for a payment plan for students on financial aid. Withdrawals after March 1, 2023, are subject to a cancellation charge of $1,000. If the program fee is paid in full, $1,000 will be deducted from the refund. Students who withdraw after April 1, 2023 will be assessed the full program fee. The University of Würzburg reserves the right to cancel an individual course if there are not enough participants.
For questions concerning Texas Global financial aid issues, contact
2400 Nueces Street
Austin, Texas 78705
For other questions, please contact:
Dr. Vanderheijden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download the Würzburg program application form (pdf, 21K)
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