“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 Humboldt-Universität German Language Academy
  • 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 other European cities, 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

Find out how Macalester German majors & minors think about their experience abroad with the program (updating).