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Resources for Students

The German Department has so much to offer! Take a look at our study abroad program options, the German language house, our Sprungbrett ins Internet (springboard into the Internet) and our news and events. Students can join our chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. We've also got a lot of photos of the cool things we offer and do.

Every semester in the Max Kade theater, we show a German film from our large collection. Some films are subtitled in English, some are not, but all will help you improve your language skills and get to know German culture. Admission is free and fluency in German is optional.

Films in the collection include classics and modern films:

  • Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
  • Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)
  • Sieben Zwerge - Männer allein im Wald (Seven Dwarves: an interpretation of Snow White)
  • and hundreds more!

Come watch a movie with us! Please see News & Events page for more information.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Prerequisites

The prerequisites are five semesters of German (GR 101, 102, 201, 202, and 305) or the equivalent.

Applicants must be CC sophomores in good standing. Juniors may apply but should be aware of the complications arising from spending the senior year abroad (has the student fulfilled the all-college requirements; has student made necessary arrangements with his/her department regarding the senior project? etc.). Students need not major in any particular subject at CC or abroad, but there must be evidence of adequate language preparation and ability to adjust successfully to a year of living and studying in Germany. Some knowledge of the culture, geography and political-social situation in Germany is a prerequisite.

Students agree to live in the German House for one year upon return to CC in support of the CC German program.

Process

Students are invited to submit an application for exchange scholarships to the Universities of Regensburg in southern Germany or Göttingen in northern Germany. The scholarships provide for free tuition and a monthly stipend for ten months at the host university. The amount increases periodically; it has been approximately 500 EUROS per month in Regensburg and 400 EUROS per month in Göttingen. Each stipend is generally sufficient to cover living expenses and German health insurance. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Germany. The German Program will assist with housing and registration formalities, and will make available a general guide to each university. In addition, a Max Kade grant in amount of $1,500.00 is made available to scholarship recipients, subject to approval by the Kade Foundation. This grant is sufficient to cover airfare, ground travel, and incidental expenses. Colorado College will cover the initial language course that is offered at both universities before the semester begins. We will not cover the semester ticket and fees (approximately 220 Euros/semester). Students are also responsible for personal expenses as they would be on the home campus. This amount will vary depending on each student.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR ALL STUDENTS, INCLUDING MAJORS:

Applications are due on SUMMIT the last Friday of January (deadline for upcoming winter semester).

On Summit each student will have to answer several essay questions regarding past experience supporting the application (previous travel, work, educational experiences and interests); progress toward a CC major and the effect of a year in Germany on graduation plans and major; and ability and willingness to live in the German House for one year.

Additional material (to be uploaded on Summit):

  • Academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members outside the German Program
  • A statement of purpose catered specifically toward both German universities (after reviewing all applications the German Program will decide which university might be the best fit). This statement will be sent to the respective universities and will help them find an academic advisor and home department for you. Therefore, you should specifically address your academic interests, progress toward the major, future career plans, and the reasons why you would like to study abroad. You should carefully research both universities and describe why they would be a good fit. In particular, you need to identify courses you might want to take in Germany and how you would benefit from them. This statement needs to be a well-written formal essay, no longer than 1-2 pages (single-spaced, pdf). It should also include your name, date, and institutional affiliation.

Study Abroad Opportunities in General

Students in any of the German major or minor options are encouraged to participate in a well-established Study Abroad Program through the Colorado College or another institution.
  • Colorado College Exchange Program: Two to four full scholarships are awarded each year to qualified CC students for study at either the University of Regensburg or the University of Göttingen during the junior or senior year.
  • Other programs: Visit CC's International Programs Office on the second floor of Armstrong Hall for information on other programs in German-speaking countries.
  • In order to receive transfer credit from non-CC programs, students must keep detailed documentation (course syllabi, notes, reading lists, certificates of course attendance, etc.) of all work completed abroad. Upon submission of that documentation to the corresponding department at CC (in consultation with the International Studies Office and the Registrar), CC credit will then be awarded or denied.