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Education Abroad Programs

Faculty-Led Winter Term Programs

Miami University Americans in Berlin

Berlin has been one of the  primary destinations for Americans artists, entertainers, authors, and enterpreneurs from 1920s to the present moment. Particulaly intensive, contested and influencial has been the encounter between Germans and Americans in Berlin in the aftermath of World War II and during the Cold War (1945-1989), as the city became the center of the conflict between two political systems. In Berlin, students will explore the various cultural, political, and economic dimensions of this long-lasting relationship, and will visit numerous sites dedicated to the research and preservation of cultural memory.

Miami University in Oman and UAE (Interdepartemental)

Since the discovery of oil in early twentieth-century Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates have seen remarkable religious, cultural, political, and economic shifts. Now – with the rise of green energy and the transition from petroleum economies – what will the story of the UAE and Oman be?

Through site visits, conversations with experts and locals, as well as personal experiences, you will evaluate the role of Islam and Arab culture in the development and transformation of business in Oman and UAE. Interested in foreign affairs, human cultures, global politics, and global economies? Change your view, set your resumé apart, with the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.  No Arabic or Middle East Studies required!

Faculty-Led Summer Term Programs

Miami University Intensive German Summer

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 fulfills the Miami Plan Global Perspectives requirement. 300-level students may 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.

Miami University Intensive Japanese Language Program in Tokyo

This program is nearly a six-week intensive summer language program with 6 Miami credits.

In the first 2 and a half week online period, the students participate in online synchronous lectures on the new grammar, expressions and vocabulary.  During the second in-person phase in Tokyo, the emphasis is on the usage of the acquired linguistic knowledge that students gained during the initial on-line phase. In addition to a review of grammars, vocabularies and model conversational practices with classmates, students are required to converse outside class with native Japanese speakers. They will interact with the volunteering students from the host Japanese university. Other out of class activities that are a part of the program include field trips and  museum visits.

The program gives you a chance to speed up your Thematic Sequences for the Japanese major/minor. The program would prepare you academically and culturally for potential and future study in the Japanese-speaking world.

Other Education Abroad Programs

Miami University's Office of Global Initiatives is the central point-of-contact to find out about various programs for learning your language in an international setting.  There are five main types of education abroad at Miami:
  • Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs - Department faculty lead students and teach Miami courses
  • Miami University's Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg -– Miami courses taught at Miami's Luxembourg campus
  • Exchange Programs - Programs with other universities where you can directly enroll in classes at the partner institution but pay your regular Miami tuition and fees.
  • Co-Sponsored Programs - Programs offered in collaboration with other universities or providers that charge Miami tuition and fees. 
  • Approved Programs - Program where academic credit can be transferred to Miami, Miami scholarships and awards cannot be used on Approved Programs.

Please refer to the Office of Education Abroad’s Website for the latest program and exchange opportunities.


Miami in München

Junior year at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, at the oldest junior year abroad program in Germany, re-started postwar by Wayne State University in 1953. An academic year in Munich is available at Miami in Munich, a cooperative program between Miami and Wayne State University in Michigan. You will be matriculated at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and have the assistance of the tutorial and administrative staff of the Junior Year in Munich on-site. The first semester runs from October until March, the second semester from April until July. All instruction is in German; completion of GER 202 or the equivalent is required for admission.

USAC Program in Lüneburg

The Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies—specifically Germany's role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification. During the semester, the program offers three diverse academic areas: German Language, Literature, and European Studies. 

Studying in Luxembourg

One or two Miami semesters may be elected at Miami's Luxembourg Center, where students live with Luxembourg families, either German-speaking or French-speaking. The curriculum consists of courses selected from the Oxford offerings as well as those developed especially for the Luxembourg campus. All non-language coursework is done in English.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Nicole Thesz
Irvin Hall 134
(513) 529-1854 Office
(513) 529-2526 Department Office


Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

A one-year or a one semester exchange program is available to full-time undergraduates at Miami. Students take classes (Japanese language and courses taught in English) in the Asian Studies program. Students pay Miami tuition and fees and room and board. A requirement is a minimum 3.0 GPA.

It is important to talk to an Education Abroad Advisor if you are interested in this exchange program. For more specific information regarding this program, please visit the Japanese Study Abroad pages or the Kansai Gaidai web site.

More options are available in terms of the length, area, and variety of courses, through Miami affiliated and non-affiliated programs below.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

  • Chukyo University in Nagoya
  • Chuo University in Tokyo
  • Kansai Gaidai Unversity in Osaka
  • Nanzan University in Nagoya
  • Ritsumeikan Univesity in Kyoto
  • Tokyo International University in Kawagoe
  • Toyo University in Tokyo
  • University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

  • Sophia University in Tokyo

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

  • Chubu University in Kasugai
  • Nanzan University in Nagoya
  • Meikai University in Tokyo

Ohio International Consortium (OIC)

  • Chubu University in Nagoya
  • Rikkyo University in Tokyo
  • Shimane University in Matsue
  • Hiroshima University in Hiroshima

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

  • Hiroshima University in Hiroshima
  • Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

  • Host: Doshisha University
  • Housing: Home stay
  • Subjects: Japanese language and culture

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama
(Intensive training in Advanced Spoken and Written Japanese)

Tokyo (CIEE)

  • Host: Sophia University
  • Housing: Shared rooms in a local hotel with CIEE students and other guests
  • Subjects: Japanese language, Art, Theater, Business, Economics, etc.
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Temple University Asian Study Summer Session

  • Host: Temple University
  • Housing: Arranged by Temple University
  • Subjects: Japanese language and Asian Studies
  • Duration: 11 weeks

Critical Language Scholarship
The Japanese Language

  • Host: Okayama University
  • Subjects: Japanese languages
  • Duration: 8 Weeks 

Osaka (CET Academic Program)

  • Host: Osaka Gakuin University
  • Subjects: Japanese language and culture
  • Housing: Apartment with Japanese roommates
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kazue Harada
Irvin Hall 152
(513) 529-3365 Office
(513) 529-2526 Department Office


Kyrgyzstan: Russian Language Studies in Bishkek

Spend a semester immersed in Russian language in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! Students will take Russian language and history courses, and will have the opportunity to stay with a host family to further increase their language skills. Earn credit at Miami by studying Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with the School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS). This program allows you to apply your Miami financial aid and pay Miami tuition to study abroad. Bishkek is a small, fascinating city set against stunning mountains in a part of the world that is increasingly important to the United States. Students can apply for scholarships from Miami's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, the Departmenta of GRAMELAC,  and from Federal sources (including but not limited to ROTC students, those on Pell grants, those interested in working for the Department of State, etc).

Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

The Havighurst Center supports various education abroad programs for Fall, Winter, Spring, Academic Year, and Summer. Below is a list of possible opportunities. Visit the Havighurst Center's website for more detailed information.
  • American Councils Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Tbilisi (Georgia) or Yerevan (Armenia)
  • Russian Language at Winter School in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Summer Russian Language Instruction at Vilnius University, Lithuania

Students can apply for scholarships from Miami's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, the Departmenta of GRAMELAC,  and from Federal sources (including but not limited to ROTC students, those on Pell grants, those interested in working for the Department of State, etc).

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe
Irvin Hall 148
(513) 529-1822 Office
(513) 529-2526 Department Office

Contact the Department

Irvin Hall South Entrance

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Irvin Hall 172
400 East Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056-3645
United States
(513) 529-2526

Dr. Mila Ganeva, Chair
General Inquiries: