Living in the German House is an excellent opportunity to simulate life in a German-speaking country. Located just half a block from campus (190 Vernon), the House is staffed with a resident director, usually a young teacher from Austria or Germany. The resident director helps the seven students living in the House enhance their language proficiency, and also serves as a Teaching Assistant (Native Speaker) in the department. Students and the director share responsibilities for cooking and housekeeping. The German House hosts a Kaffeestunde once a month for the German-speaking community on campus, and is the center of the German Program’s social activities (including Oktoberfest, Nikolausfest, Karneval, and an occasional lecture or informal guest visit). In addition to the chance to maintain their German in an everyday setting, students enjoy the atmosphere of the house and the frequent communal meals. Students often choose to live in the German House prior to their participation in Macalester’s German Study Abroad Program.
Prerequisites: Sophomore status and at least one year of college-level German. Residents must take one course taught in German each semester they live in the house; exceptions at the discretion of the department. Applications are available online or in the German Studies office. The 2018-2019 resident director is Thurid Vieth.