May Term in Germany at the Goethe Institute in Bremen

Each year students entering the German program at IWU have the option of participating in our May term program in Bremen, Germany. This program is designed particularly for students who would like to give their German a jump-start by taking the language in an intensive environment. It is also an excellent opportunity for music students, students picking up a second foreign language, or other students who are otherwise unable to pursue regular German study at Illinois Wesleyan. A number of past participants have gone on to apply this intensive cultural and linguistic experience in graduate school and also on a Fulbright grant.

Note: Students must have taken German 101 and/or 102 at IWU during the year or two preceding their May term of participation. Students should plan accordingly.


Off Campus Study 100 Intensive German in Bremen

IWU faculty liaison - Prof. Sonja Fritzsche (sfritzsc)
Travel dates: See May term catalog for most current dates and liaison
Prerequisites: German 101 and/or 102 taken at IWU; or consent of the German Studies faculty member. Students must also have received a "B" or higher in their IWU German course(s) and need to follow the application procedure normal for all IWU May term travel courses.

Type of Course:

  • Will count toward general education in Second Language (German 201 credit only)
  • International travel course

Course Description:

Students will benefit from this immersion in the German language and a chance to experience everyday living in a German speaking country. This is a four week course (15 hours per week) taught by instructors of the Goethe Institute at the level appropriate for you. You will be living in a single room in a home-stay and taking courses with people from all over the world who have come to learn German. There are student mentor/tutors available at the Goethe Institut for advice on life in Bremen as well as language questions. Classes run from Monday through Friday with weekends free. While a media center (with computers) is available for casual use, there are also optional culture and leisure time activities planned. All four skills are developed: speaking, listening, reading, writing; regular tests and grades are given. Students will receive credit for either German 102 or German 201, upon completion of the equivalent course at the Goethe Institut Bremen.

Enrollment cap: None
Minimum enrollment: 1