Study in Germany


Canadian Summer School in Germany (in Kassel)

Apply early! This program is popular & available slots go fast!   Up to 65 Canadian students (and international students at Canadian universities) can attend a German immersion study program in Kassel in the German province of Hessen. The Canadian students study German language and culture in Kassel and live with German families for 6½ weeks in May and June. The program includes a trip to Berlin and other cities, concerts, theatre, opera, sports events, and other cultural activities. The program offers 6-credit-hour second-year, third-year, and fourth-year German courses. Students receive one full-year transfer credit at their home university in Canada.

Saint Mary’s International Exchanges Saint Mary’s University offers opportunities to study at institutions in Germany

Teach English as a Foreign Language in Germany
The German Pedagogical Exchange Service (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst or “PAD”) offers graduating students Teaching Assistantships in Germany. It is recommended that applicants complete 3 years of university-level German language before applying. Participants spend one school year at a German elementary or secondary school, where they provide conversation classes in English and in-class support to German teachers of English. Participants receive a stipend (approx. €800.00 per month) to cover living expenses in Germany and the airfare is often reimbursed by PAD.

Study Abroad Scholarships
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) encourages advanced students to apply for study abroad scholarships. Preference is given to candidates who need to improve their German because they plan to pursue their studies in Germany in another field. This further study would also be financed by DAAD. Scholarships   For more information on any of the above, contact Dr. Plews 

The Canadian Year in Freiburg
Canadian students can study for a whole year in Freiburg, at the edge of the Black Forest, under the supervision of local professors. This program is organized by Acadia University. Participants must complete two years of university German before attending this program. They receive transfer credit at their home university.

Study at German and Austrian Universities
Numerous universities in Germany and Austria as well as private organizations (including the Goethe Institut) offer summer courses in German language and culture for students from all countries. More information can be obtained through the Internet. Students can receive transfer credits for successfully completing such courses. Special summer courses charge tuition, but regular scheduled courses at German universities are free for all who wish to attend.  

The following German exchange programs are not part of the Modern Languages and Classics Department. Any interest in these programs should referred to the International Activities Office.  Before applying for anything, you fill out an application for the IAO.  

Justus Liebig University of Giessen This exchange allows a SMU student to take an intensive German language program followed by courses in a variety of fields, mostly taught in German.

The Fachhochschule Konstanz (Constance University of Applied Sciences) Provides programming in English for students of commerce as well as some basic German language courses. Some scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The University of Frankfurt Provides a wide range of courses taught in German or English.

Before leaving for any of these programs be sure to contact  International Activities about the pre departure sessions. These sessions are mandatory and offer students useful information about living and studying in another country. Below are several documents that need to submitted to International Activites: Travel Advice Forms  

Please login on to the SMU port and look for the Travel Aboard link and create a Travel Profile. 


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