Intensive German Summer in Heidelberg, Jena, Dessau and Berlin

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May 19 - July 07, 2023
Enriching Students in Europe since 1974!


The exhilaration of total immersion in a foreign language is combined in this seven-week program with the thrill of living and traveling in Europe. The intensive workshop is designed to give students the opportunity to complete one full year of college German at the intermediate (200) or the advanced (300) level. Students completing the intermediate level, satisfying the Miami College of Arts & Science language requirement, are prepared to enter advanced German. Those completing the third-year course may continue to take courses at the advanced level, having earned credit toward either a minor or major in German. This Program fulfills the Miami Plan Global Perspectives requirement. 300-level students may complete a Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (201, 202 required). The program presents ideal preparation for any students hoping to study later at a university in the German-speaking world.


All students in good standing at any accredited college or university may apply, provided they have completed one year of college-level German or the equivalent. GPA of 2.5 or better. Incoming first-year students with at least two years of high school German are welcome.



The courses are team-taught by Dr. John M. Jeep, Program Director, Dr. Joseph O'Neil, both Miami faculty members, and are supplemented by various local experts.

 Dr. John M. JeepDr. Joseph D. O"Neil







Both sequences offered -- intermediate and advanced -- carry eight credit hours and include conversation, composition, and reading in German literature, culture, and current events. The intermediate course also includes intense grammar development, while the advanced sequence focuses on reading, listening, and advanced writing and speaking skills. Classes are held at the Central Language Laboratory of the University of Heidelberg, which is situated in the oldest part of the city and offers modern equipment and excellent, up- to-date materials. Living with families in the Heidelberg and Jena area and personally exploring Dessau and Berlin provide an invaluable cultural supplement to formal language instruction. Guided excursions to sites around Heidelberg and trips to places such as Erfurt, Wittenberg, Leipzig, and Weimar further acquaint students with the rich and diverse German history and culture, including the former German Democratic Republic.


Heidelberg Students in Neckargemünd
Miami Students in Neckargemünd - Summer 2022


The University of Heidelberg, site of the first part of the program, celebrated its 625th anniversary in 2011 and is thus the oldest and perhaps best-known university in Germany. Heidelberg itself, historic and completely spared in World War II, is located on the beautiful Neckar River. The old university town of Jena with nearby cultural centers Weimar, Erfurt, and Eisenach, permits us to explore the cradle of the Reformation and the German Classical Period. Our stay in Dessau as guests of the Moses Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft enhances our understanding of the former East Germany, of the history of Jewish-German relations, of modern architecture, and of the center of federal environmental efforts. The last ten days of the program are spent in Berlin, with excursions to various sites. The capital of Germany, Berlin offers unique opportunities for students to learn about and absorb German and European history, culture, and a global perspective.


Participants in the program are welcomed as paying guests in private homes in Heidelberg (or Neckargemünd, a small town just upstream from Heidelberg on the picturesque Neckar River), in Jena, and in Berlin. In Dessau, and some students in Berlin, will reside in an accredited youth hostel.


The projected cost - based on current fees and exchange rates, hence subject to revision – is as follows: Ohio residents circa $7,000 plus tuition and fees.

Each participant is responsible for transportation from home to Heidelberg and from Berlin home. In recent years, the airfare (depending on home location and carrier) typically has been around $1,500. Daily lunch and dinner and incidental expenses are not included and are thus the responsibility of the student. Average daily expenses generally fall in the $25-30 range, but vary according to student. Insurance (circa $140) is required by Miami University for all education abroad participants.


In addition to any financial aid, which may be applicable to the summer program, the Max Kade Foundation (New York) has supported Miami students that are German majors or minors for the program the last few years, covering some 50% of our program expense.

A few very modest scholarships for international workshop participants in enrolled at Miami University are available. Scholarship application forms may be secured from the Education Abroad Office due mid February.

The Department of GRAMELAC (172 Irvin Hall) awards a few education abroad scholarships as well. The application must be submitted by April 1, 2023. The online department scholarship form is available on the GRAMELAC website under the "Scholarships and Awards" tab.

For other financial aid, inquire at the Office of Student Financial Aid located in the Nellie Craig Walker Hall.

Non-Miami students, while not eligible for Miami support, are encouraged to apply for aid from their home institutions. Applications for outside support are also encouraged.


Anticipated enrollment limit for the program is fourteen (14) students. Ongoing admission. Minimum depends on budget considerations. The application period opens Fall 2022. Admission to the program is possible following acceptance and payment of a $1,000 deposit that is applied to program fees (non-refundable) and an interview with the Director, Dr. John M. Jeep. A recommendation from your current instructor is welcome upon application. The balance – program fees and summer tuition – is due no later than Friday, April 1, 2023 payable to Miami University via Bursar bill with application, e-check, or credit card.


The link to the application is available on the Education Abroad website.  The program fee deposit of $1,000 is non-refundable.


Additional information may also always be obtained from:
Department of GRAMELAC
Miami University
166 Irvin Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056
Phone: (513) 529-2526 or (513) 529-1852
Fax: (513) 529-2296