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Have you just started learning German but cannot wait to study abroad, yet also do not want to “lose” a semester by studying abroad in the fall?

There are many opportunities for study in German-speaking countries, ranging from intensive four-week summer courses to semester and year-long programs at a German university. Other possibilities include internships in your professional field or au pair work in a German-speaking family. For more information on study abroad opportunities, contact Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, Ph.D. and the Office of International Education.

Studying in Germany is a smart investment in learning German and becoming familiar with its culture. If you are a German education major or minor, you need to study abroad to fulfill the DPI residency requirement. No matter what kind of program you choose, you will find many opportunities to experience German culture first hand and to practice the language to which you have already committed so many hours of study and practice.


When to Study Abroad

There are a variety of programs in Germany from which to choose. There are year-long and semester-long programs, as well as summer programs of varying length. In addition, there are short-term programs available during the fall and spring interim.

There are a few considerations you must keep in mind while planning to study abroad in Germany. One is how studying abroad for a time would affect your course of study at UW Oshkosh. Another consideration is that the German academic year is structured differently than ours. Its first term runs from October or November to February and its second term runs from April to the end of July. Many UW Oshkosh students who study abroad in Germany for one semester prefer going in the spring so as to avoid missing out on any portion of the UW Oshkosh academic year. Lastly, students should study abroad for a semester or year only if they have completed at least two courses on the 300-level. The semester-long IUSP Marburg Program, which offers language coursework in German and content coursework in English, and shorter summer programs are available for students on the beginning and intermediate levels.

Working Abroad

For those students who have already decided upon a profession or who would like to combine study abroad in Germany with career-related experience, there are organizations which arrange internships for students who meet certain qualifications.


International Undergraduate Study Program

The International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP) offered at the Philipps-Universität Marburg gives you the opportunity to take German language courses at the beginning or intermediate level along with a variety of content courses in English. Courses are regularly offered in subjects such as American and British literature, business, history, political science, archaeology and geography.

Unlike other universities in Hessen that offer coursework in English, the IUSP Program in Marburg runs from September to December and from February to June. For more information, visit the IUSP website or apply through the Office of International Education.

German Study Abroad Opportunities

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Hessen (Uni Frankfurt, Kassel, Marburg, Giessen and other institutions of higher education)

UW-System (Oshkosh)

Winter- or Sommersemester

Academic Year


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Hessen-WIsconsin Exchange

Hessen ISU/IWU UW-System (Oshkosh) 4 weeks in summer or 3 weeks in December-January

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Hessen International Summer University

Study/Internships in Germany via Hessen Exchange (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - THM) Apply through Wisconsin - Hessen Exchange. THM/various business and engineering firms in Germany. Fall semester ONLY

Hessen Wisconsin Exchange

Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen

IUSP Marburg (German at any level plus content courses in English)

UW-System (Oshkosh)

Fall or spring semester (American academic calendar)

Program Link

Uni-Marburg Information

Hochschule Osnabrück College of Business (COB) UW Oshkosh

Winter- or Sommersemester Academic year (11 mo.)

Year plus internship.

Program Information

Viessmann Seminar

College of Business (COB) College of Letters and Science (COLS) UW Oshkosh

2 weeks in summer

Program Information

Viessmann Internship

(both are competitive)

8 weeks in summer

Program Information
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Cultural Vistas One year Program Information

Goethe Institut (16 locations in German)

Goethe Institut

2 / 4 / 8 / 12 weeks throughout the year

Program Information

ActiLingua Academy (Vienna, Austria) ActiLingua Academy 2-52 weeks throughout the year. Program Information
EAST-Educators Abroad Student Teaching (50 countries, including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) EAST is facilitated through Field Experiences Offices in College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

September - June

February - December

Program Information

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