Program Details

All courses are taught in German.

Part I: Berlin, Germany (January - February)
Students take intensive German at the Goethe Institute, where they are placed at an appropriate linguistic level. At the end of the eight-week course, students may take exams for one of the internationally recognized language certificates. The Goethe Institute is located in the historical center of the city, Berlin Mitte, one of the most interesting and lively quarters of Berlin.

Part II: Vienna, Austria (March - June)
Students take two program-specific courses and one or two courses at the University of Vienna.

Program-specific courses (March-May):

Erlebtes Theater (Theater Alive)
"Theater Alive" explores why theater still stirs up controversy, especially in Vienna. Students study dramas or musical works that are being performed in Viennese theaters during the current season, and then see them brought to life on the stage. The course changes from season to season, but always stresses a range of plays from classic to contemporary, and of productions from the traditional to the experimental (and sometimes shocking). Taught by Macalester faculty.

Multikulturelles Österreich (Multicultural Austria)
As the seat of the Holy Roman Empire as well as of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and at the geographical center of the expanded EU, Vienna has been the hub of artistic, musical and intellectual activity for centuries. This course focuses on the interaction of the many groups and forces that have shaped Austria. The course alternates between lecture/discussion and field trips throughout Vienna. Taught by Dr. Antonia Hanreich.

Direct enroll at the University of Vienna (March-June):
With guidance from the program director (and their respective departments), students may select up to two courses in subjects of their choice. Taught by University of Vienna faculty.

Excursions
Two longer trips (four to five days), as well as a series of day trips or shorter excursions are integrated into the program courses. Past destinations have included, among others, Prague, Budapest, Kraków, Florence, the Abbey of Melk, a Medieval castle, a vineyard, and a tour of the Burgtheater.

Credits
Students receive up to 20 semester hour credits (four credits per course).

Staff
A Macalester College German Studies faculty member serves as resident director in Vienna.

Accommodations
In Berlin, students rent a single room in a private home.
In Vienna, students live in dormitory rooms (double) or in private homes.

Prerequisite
1) A minimum of four semesters of college-level German language or equivalent. German 305 strongly recommended; German 307 and/or 308 recommended for students sufficiently advanced.

2) Students must be registered in a German language course or another course taught in German in the Fall semester immediately preceding their study-abroad semester.

Internship
During June or after courses end at the University of Vienna, students may complete an unpaid, non-credit-bearing internship (individually arranged).