“Die beste Bildung findet ein gescheiter Mensch auf Reisen.”
--- loosely rendered: "Get your smarts on the road."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

The Macalester German Study Abroad Program is a unique six-month program based in Berlin and Vienna that provides students with the opportunity to gain high proficiency in German and to immerse themselves academically, culturally, and socially in both Germany and Austria.

Program features (included in the program fee):

  • Two months of intensive language training at the Goethe Institute in Berlin
  • Four months of study in Vienna, including two program-specific courses and up to two courses at the University of Vienna
  • On-site direction by a Macalester faculty member in Vienna
  • Weekly theater or opera performances
  • Excursions to cities such as Prague, Kraków, or Budapest, as well as a series of day trips
  • Full room and board

For questions or further information, email Professor Linda Schulte-Sasse at

What Students Say

While all Macalester German Studies majors participate in the Macalester German Study Abroad program, an increasing number of German Studies minors as well as German majors and minors from different institutions are participating as well.

Read about one student's study Abroad experiences