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The aim of this ten-week program is to enable American students to learn about German and European history, politics, economic life and culture firsthand in Germany. The program will provide the possibility to earn 6 or 9 University of Texas college credits in a ten-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 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. Completion of first-year German by May 2022 is a prerequisite for participation.

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The City

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. 

City of Würzburg webpage

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

Course work

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 (one overnight) will serve to complement classroom work, especially in history and art history.

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This Year's Program


This year's program will tentatively run from May 5, 2022 (with departure from the U.S. on May 4) until July 15, 2022.

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 to Würzburg by bus: May 5, 2023, 11:00 a.m.

1. German Language

  • A) Second-year German (GER 612; 6 credits, 10 weekly class hours)
  • B) Upper-division composition and conversation (GER 330C or GER 379; 3 credits, 5 weekly class hours). Prerequisite: completion of GER 612 or equivalent.

2. Germany and Europe: History — Culture (taught in English)

1.5 credits per course, 2 courses minimum, 2 weekly class hours per course

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) or Germany and Europe since 1945 (EUS w356) by taking a combination of two of the above courses

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Three one-day excursions to:

Rothenburg and one five-day excursion to Berlin.



Video (below) credit: Savannah Jobman

Program Director

Each summer, a faculty member from Germanic Studies accompanies the group as resident director in Würzburg throughout the ten weeks of instruction. They organize and partly teach the Program's German language courses and is 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, street car) 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. UT requires all program participants to enroll in the International Insurance Coverage program (a.k.a. Overseas Insurance). This program has three components: (1) international health insurance (CISI) which covers students if they travel outside of Germany; (2) International SOS emergency assistance coverage (UT member #11BSGC000037); (3) general liability coverage. The cost is $19 per week.

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Where and when to apply

Students should apply through the:

Department of Germanic Studies
Burdine Hall 336
(512) 471-4123

The application form is available online (21K) (please type and print).

Paper copies of the application form 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 director, Dr. Vanderheijden (

Covid-19 Protocol 

Please note the Federal Republic of Germany at this point requires non-citizen travelers to Germany to be fully vaccinated. 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.

Students will have to abide by University of Würzburg regulations, which currently include the requirement to wear a FFP2 mask (equivalent to N95 masks) in University buildings at all times. For the full regulations, click here.

Program participants will have full access to local testing and treatment facilities, and our students will be able to isolate in their single occupancy dorm rooms if needed.

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.

Important dates

All meetings will be held over zoom.

    Information meeting: TBA (Zoom)

    Information meeting: TBA (Zoom)

    Deadline for applications: December 1, 2022.


The cost for participation in the Program is as follows:

  • $2,500 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 for six or nine credits.
  • 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.
  • UT International Insurance Coverage ($190).
  • Study Abroad registration fee ($75).
  • Incidental expenses: books, passport, international student ID, etc.

Students from other institutions will be able to participate under the same conditions.

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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 . The due date is February 15.

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:

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:


A University bill for the program fee ($2,500) will be generated once the program has received final approval (first week of March). This bill must be paid through UTDirect by March 31. We will be able to arrange for a payment plan for students on financial aid. Withdrawals after March 15, 2022, are subject to a cancellation charge of $1,000. Students who withdraw late will be charged $1,000; if the program fee is paid in full, $1,000 will be deducted from the refund. Students who withdraw after April 1, 2022 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 financial, contact
Erin Brown Achterhof
Education Abroad
2400 Nueces Street
Austin, Texas 78705

(512) 471-7114


For other questions, please contact:
Program Director
Dr. Vanderheijden (
(512) 232-6372

Download the Würzburg program application form (pdf, 21K)

Program Policies (PDF, 12K)