Departmental and KU Programs

The University of Kansas and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offer two summer language institutes and several semester- or year-long study abroad programs in German-speaking Europe. All KU study abroad programs are designed to expose students to German, Austrian, or Swiss culture while maintaining accordance with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements. This helps ensure the transfer of credits while keeping a genuine study abroad experience. The summer language institutes, which are directed by faculty in the German Department, offer courses from the KU undergraduate German curriculum. Students receive University of Kansas credit upon completing their coursework.

Undergraduate credits earned during a KU-approved semester- or year-long study abroad program also transfer as KU resident credits. Students should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Lorie Vanchena, and with Justine Hamilton, Office of Study Abroad, prior to their departure and after their return to ensure that the credits earned will count toward College and/or German major or minor requirements.

The many study abroad programs offered at KU are further described at the links below.

Summer Language Institutes

We offer two summer programs in Germany that are directed by faculty in the department. Participants in both programs earn 9 credits, in Eutin at the 200 level and in Holzkirchen at the 300 and 400 level. More information is available at the following OSA links:

Semester and Year Programs

  • KU Office of Study Abroad: Programs in German-speaking Europe

The Office of Study Abroad  offers several options for semester- or year-long study in German-speaking countries. Recent German Studies majors and minors have studied in Bonn, Regensburg, Marburg, Freiburg, and Dresden.

All KU study abroad programs are designed to expose students to the host country’s culture while maintaining accordance with requirements in the students’ major and/or minor, whether in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or in the professional schools This helps ensure a genuine study abroad experience that allows students to earn KU credit hours toward their degree.  In other words, all undergraduate credits earned in a KU-approved study abroad program transfer as KU resident credits.

Interested in study abroad for a semester or year? Follow these steps:

1. Contact Undergraduate Advisor Professor Vanchena (vanchena@ku.edu) and meet for an initial conversation about options that would work well with your course of study.

2. Contact OSA to set up a meeting with Program Coordinator Jenna Hunter-Skidmore, who can provide more detailed information about specific programs (application procedure and deadlines, fees, financial aid and scholarships, etc.). In general, applications for spring semester abroad are in mid-October, applications for an entire academic year are in mid-March.

3. Be sure to ask Professor Vanchena about the department’s competitive Engel Scholarships for semester- or year-long study abroad. OSA also offers scholarships for such programs.

4. Once you have been accepted to a program, OSA will give you a form that Professor Vanchena must complete to pre-approve German Studies courses you expect to take. (If you plan to take a Linguistics course, you will need a signature from the Linguistics department.)

5. Keep in touch with Professor Vanchena while you are studying abroad, so that she is informed about your coursework and can advise you on the German Studies courses in which you should enroll the following semester.

6. Once the transcripts of your completed coursework are sent to OSA, Professor Vanchena provides final approval of transfer credits.

Graduate Direct Exchange Program

The Graduate Direct Exchange (GDX) programs were established at the University of Kansas after World War II to provide students with opportunities to pursue non-degree graduate-level studies in their fields. Under the terms of each reciprocal agreement, an enrolled graduate student of KU may study at one of our European partner universities during the academic year, while a European graduate student attends the University of Kansas.


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