Video by Fang Yen, a participant in the 2014 summer program
Close-Captioned in both German and English
Objectives: The exhilaration of total immersion in a foreign language is combined in this seven-week program with the thrill of living and traveling in Europe. The intensive workshop is designed to give students the opportunity to complete one full year of college German at the intermediate (200) or the advanced (300) level. Students completing the intermediate level, satisfying the Miami College of Arts & Science language requirement, are prepared to enter advanced German. Those completing the third-year course may continue to take courses at the advanced level, having earned credit toward either a minor or major in German. This Program fulfill the Miami Plan global perspectives requirement. 300-level students may also complete a Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (201, 202 required). The program presents ideal preparation for any students hoping to study later at a university in the German-speaking world.
Eligibility: All students in good standing at any accredited college or university may apply, provided they have completed one year of college-level German or the equivalent. Incoming first-year students with at least two years of high school German are welcome.
Courses: Both sequences offered -- intermediate and advanced -- carry eight credit hours and include conversation, composition, and reading in German literature, culture, and current events. The intermediate course also includes intense grammar development, while the advanced sequence focuses on reading, listening, and advanced writing and speaking skills. Classes are held at the Central Language Laboratory of the University of Heidelberg, which is situated in the oldest part of the city and offers modern equipment and excellent, up-to-date materials. Living with families in the Heidelberg and Jena area and personally exploring Dessau and Berlin provide an invaluable cultural supplement to formal language instruction. Guided excursions to sites around Heidelberg and trips to places such as Erfurt, Wittenberg, Leipzig, and Weimar further acquaint students with the rich and diverse German history and culture, including the former German Democratic Republic.
Staff: The courses are team-taught by Prof. John M. Jeep, Ph.D., Program Director, along with adjunct instructors and other local experts.
Locations: The University of Heidelberg, site of the first part of the program, celebrated its 625th anniversary in 2011 and is thus the oldest -- and perhaps best-known -- university in Germany. Heidelberg itself, historic and completely spared in World War II, is located on the beautiful Neckar River. The old university town of Jena with nearby cultural centers Weimar, Erfurt, and Eisenach, permits us to explore the cradle of the Reformation and the German Classical Period. Our stay in Dessau as guests of the Moses Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft enhances our understanding of the former East Germany, of the history of Jewish-German relations, of modern architecture, and of the center of federal environmental efforts. The last ten days of the program are spent in Berlin, with excursions to various sites. The former and present capital of Germany, Berlin offers unique opportunities for students to learn about and absorb German and European history, culture, and a global perspective.
Accommodations: Participants in the program are welcomed as paying guests in private homes in Heidelberg (or Neckargemünd, a small town just upstream from Heidelberg on the picturesque Neckar River), in Jena, and in Berlin. In Dessau, and some students in Berlin, will reside in an accredited youth hostel.
Cost: The projected cost -- based on current fees and exchange rates, hence subject to revision –for the seven-week program, including tuition and academic fees, accommodations in Heidelberg, Jena, Dessau, and Berlin, and all program-related expenses such as admissions, and ground transportation after arrival in Heidelberg, is as follows: Ohio residents circa $6,200 / non-Ohio residents circa $8,950. (These fees include $1,750 program + tuition/fees.) Each participant is responsible for transportation from home to Heidelberg and from Berlin home. In recent years, the airfare (depending on home location and carrier) typically has been approximately $1,200. Daily lunch and dinner and incidental expenses are not included and are thus the responsibility of the student. Average daily expenses generally fall in the $10-20 range, but vary according to student. HTH Insurance (circa $95) is required by Miami University for all study abroad participants.
Support: In addition to any current student financial aid, which may be applicable to the summer program, the Max Kade Foundation (New York) has supported Miami students who are German majors or minors for the program the past three years, covering some 40% of our program expenses. A few very modest scholarships for international workshop participants enrolled at Miami University are available. Scholarship application forms may be secured from the Office of Lifelong Learning; they are due early December. For other financial aid, inquire at the Office of Student Financial Aid, Edwards House, and at GRAMELAC. Non-Miami students, while not eligible for Miami support, are encouraged to apply for aid from their home institutions. Applications for outside support are also encouraged.
Deadlines: Anticipated enrollment limit for the program is 18. Ongoing admission. Minimum depends on budget considerations. The application period opens on Monday, October 13, 2014. Admission to the program is possible following payment of a $750 deposit (applied to program fees) and an interview with the director. A recommendation from your current instructor is welcome upon application. The balance – program fees and summer tuition – is due no later than Friday, March 16, 2015. All checks should be made payable to Miami University: program and tuition fees payable in the Office of Global Initiatives (MacMillan Hall 214).
Application: The link to the application is available at http://miamioh.edu/study-abroad/germansummer. Print out the PDF document, fill it out, and turn it in with program fee deposit ($750, fully refundable until February 13) to the Office of Global Initiatives (MacMillan Hall 214).
Information: Additional information may also always be obtained from:
Dr. John M. Jeep
Department of GRAMELAC
166 Irvin Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Phone: (513) 529-2526 or (513) 529-1852
Fax: (513) 529-2296