German Language

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These pages are currently under revision, and may not have a complete list of programs. Please contact Hannah Nevitt to explore all program options.

Interested in studying German Language & Culture abroad? The following programs offer significant coursework and immersion opportunities for German Language. This is meant to highlight a variety of programs by region; please note there are many more available beyond what is listed here and this is not a guaranteed list for credit transfer. Students will still need to meet with their departments to discuss fulfilling degree requirements.

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Shannon Dubenion-Smith

Advisor for German Language

Office: MH 218C

Advising Info

See the advisor above for information or assistance in transferring study abroad credits to your German program.

There is no limit to the number of study abroad credits that may be transferred back to Western.

Credits may be transferred towards a German major or minor if the courses are:

  • Taught entirely in German
  • Sufficiently academic and deal with German language, linguistics, literature, or culture (at the discretion of Professor Partsch)
  • Graded A-F or S/U, but not pass/fail

Majors must complete German 401 and 402 on campus as well as 50% of the credits needed for the major or minor on campus.

After you decide on a program and the courses you will take abroad, you must meet with your advisor to complete the Departmental Academic Advising Form.pdf.

Things to Consider.

Program Options

Study Abroad Provider

  • Independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs for students
  • Quarter, semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer
  • Pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing, etc. (varies)
  • More services provided
  • Often includes excursions, onsite pickup, varied housing options
  • Part time internships can be available for credit

Faculty-led Global Learning Program

  • WWU faculty organize and lead academic programs abroad
  • Quarter, summer, and academic breaks
  • Earn WWU credits and learn from WWU faculty abroad while studying with other WWU students
  • Pay tuition and fees at WWU in addition to a program fee for onsite costs

Western Exchange

  • Bilateral agreements between WWU and universities abroad to exchange students
  • Chance of placement is high
  • Semester and year-long options
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid onsite
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • Eligibility requirements vary
  • More independent and less services

ISEP Exchange

  • ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program
  • Students can choose from over 135 universities in 36 different countries
  • Students provide ISEP with a list of preferred sites. Chance of placement varies from site to site.
  • Semester & year-long options only
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid to WWU
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • More independent and less services provided

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