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In summer 2023 the German Studies Department will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its summer study abroad program. Thanks again to the generous support of the Halle Foundation, the program will be divided equally between stays in Vienna, Austria and Freiburg, Germany. In addition to the regular academic and extra-curricular programming, a reunion for program alumni to celebrate 50 years of summer study abroad in the German-speaking world is scheduled for June 15-17, 2023 in Vienna.

Program Description

During the first half of the program, students will study in Vienna, the former imperial city of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and today one of the booming and truly international cities in Central Europe. After having experienced a large city in central Europe, students will then continue their second half of the program in Freiburg, Germany, a medieval college town at the foothills of the Black Forest, bordering France, and Switzerland. Whereas students will stay with host families in Vienna, and thus are afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in Viennese daily life, they will be accommodated in student dorms, as part of the Goethe-Institute in Freiburg.

Our students take intermediate or advanced German courses that explore topics in Austrian cultural history, and topics related to the city of Freiburg. There will be a total of six excursions on Wednesdays, three for each half of the program, all exploring historical and cultural sites. In addition, students are reimbursed within reason for cultural activities such as museum visits, and musical or opera performances.

Both locations complement one another, and offer ideal places to study the cultures and literatures of the German-speaking worlds. Austria's position in the heart of Central Europe as well as a gateway to Eastern Europe provides an exemplary educational context for examining longstanding traditions and neglected connections in the region. Due to its proximity to Switzerland and France, Freiburg offers a different perspective on life in the European Union, among them its medieval history, and today’s leadership position in Germany for its environmental sustainability.

The program lasts seven weeks and consists of two sessions, each one covering 15 class days. Classes meet for three hours each day during each session.

The arrival date for the 2023 program is Saturday, June 3, 2023, and classes begin on Monday, June 5. The last day of classes is Thursday, July 27, and students are free to leave the program starting Friday, July 28, 2023.
Program Directors: Profs. Hiram Maxim (ECAS) & Daniel Walter (OC)
Program Assistant: Sarah Richards 09C, 14G
Classes will take place at the Amerika Institut, Operngasse 4, 1010 Wien and Goethe Institut, Wilhelmstrasse 17, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

Students must enroll in GER 375 (1 credit course) in the spring of 2023 semester and the two-course, eight-credit sequences taught in German that is appropriate for their level of ability for the summer session (8 credit hours total):

  • German 201 & 202: Intermediate German (Arwa Elabd) Fulfills HAL GER
  • German 370 A: The Austrian Experience (Prof. Hiram Maxim ) Fulfills HAL GER
  • German 370 B: The Languages of Freiburg (Prof. Daniel Walter) Fulfills HAL GER


Tuition for 8 credits:$ 11,498 (German 201-202, 370 A & B)
Program Fee:  $ 1,250
Air fare:  $ 1,700 (approx.)
Personal allowance:$ 1,600 (approx.)


  • Financial Aid: Emory undergraduates who qualify for financial aid during the regular academic year are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. No additional application is necessary.
  • Departmental Scholarships (application for all 4 scholarships)
    • Max Kade Foundation need-based scholarships of $4,500 each to two students in 200-level and 2 students in 300-level German
    • Viola Westbrook merit-based scholarships of at least $1,500 for declared German Studies majors and minors
    • Claus Halle need-based scholarships of $1,500 to cover living expenses in Freiburg
    • Ferdinand Seefried merit-based scholarships of at least $1,500
  • Emory and External Scholarships

Please note that there are two separate applications to complete:

  1. The general application for summer education abroad through the Education Abroad Office. Applications become available starting December 15, 2022 and are due by Monday, January 10, 2023.
  2. The application for departmental scholarships. The one application form for all departmental scholarships is available here and is due Monday, January 10, 2023.