“Die beste Bildung findet ein gescheiter Mensch auf Reisen.”

— loosely rendered: “Get your smarts on the road.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Update regarding the Pandemic:
We shall know whether the Spring 2021 Study Abroad Program will take place by October 20. As long as our Study Abroad program cannot take place due to pandemic-related travel limitations, students majoring, or intending to major, in German should consult with the faculty in the department of German Studies regarding available alternatives that will support their exposure to the target language and culture.

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

  • 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

All listed program features are included in the program fees. For questions or further information, email Professor Linda Schulte-Sasse at

Vienna at night with umbrellas overlapping across the image

What Students Say

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