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The German Studies Department is proud to conduct Emory's longest standing Summer Study Abroad Program. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced a two-year break in 2020 and 2021 of the summer-program in Vienna, Austria. In the interim, we were able to partner with Atlanta’s Halle Foundation, and are thankful for its generous support in reconfiguring our summer program. Starting in summer 2022, we will complement our weeks in Austria’s capital by a stay in Freiburg, Germany.

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 2022 program is Monday, June 6, 2022, and classes begin on Tuesday, June 7. The last day of classes is Wednesday, July 27, and students are free to leave the program starting Thursday, July 28, 2022.
Program Directors: Profs. Peter Höyng (ECAS) & Daniel Walter (OC)
Program Assistant: Sarah Richards 
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 2022, the two-course, eight-credit sequences taught in German that is appropriate for their level of ability (8 credit hours total):

  • German 201 & 202: Intermediate German (Arwa Elabd) Fulfills HAL GER
  • German 370 A: The Austrian Experience (Profs. Peter Höyng ) Fulfills HAL GER
  • German 370 B: The Languages of Freiburg (Daniel Walter) Fulfills HAL GER
Tuition for 8 credits:$ 10,998 (German 201-202, 370 A & B)
Program Fee:  $ 1,050
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.
  • Scholarships:
    • Since 2007 the Max Kade Foundation has sponsored four scholarships for $4,500 each to students planning to enroll in 200-level or 300-level German. For more details about the Max Kade scholarships check here.
    • Students with a demonstrated commitment to German Studies are also eligible to apply for a Viola Westbrook Endowed Scholarship.
    • Students who are in need for financial aid, can apply for seven Halle Foundation scholarships, each for $ 1,500 covering allowances in Freiburg, Germany

Please apply starting December 15, 2021 through the Emory College Study Abroad.