Courses and Credits
Students will earn a total of 18 semester hour credits for the successful completion of the program. All students will be full-time participants in all of the courses that are offered and all students will receive grades for each course. Grades will be sent to the Earlham Registrar and will be included in the GPA.
In Germany, courses include:
- German (6 credits): In Berlin, students will be able to receive language instruction at all levels and will be placed into courses according to their levels of proficiency.
- The Question of Immigration in Germany and Austria (3 credits): Taught by Ferit Güven in Berlin and Vienna, this course will focus on the question of immigration in Germany and Austria from two different perspectives: First, how are immigrants represented in German and Austrian societies? Representations of "otherness" in German literature, philosophy and art, specifically cinema, will be examined and analyzed. Second, how do immigrants in Germany and Austria themselves experience and articulate their cultural, social and political integration (or lack thereof) into society? This course satisfies the Perspectives on Diversity - International general education requirement.
In Austria, courses will be conducted in German and include:
- Art History (3 credits): This course takes advantage of Vienna's incredible architectural and artistic treasures, from 12th century castles to landmarks of the art nouveau movement.
- Politics and the Role of the EU in Western Europe (3 credits): A host of issues face Europe and Austria in the twenty-first century, including economic integration and unification, an increasingly multicultural European society and the role of the state in social welfare. This comparative course will examine such issues with a focus on Austria and Western Europe and the role of the European Union.
- ONE of the following two courses, dependent upon language level:
- Intermediate German (3 credits), OR
- Austrian Literature (3 credits): This course focuses primarily on seminal works written in the twentieth and twenty-first century. These works are examined in the contexts of the powerful political and social changes taking place in Austria and in the rest of Europe from the Austro-Hungarian monarchy up to Austria's current role in the European Union. When possible, works currently being performed at Vienna's many fine theaters are included on the syllabus, giving students the opportunity to experience how these works are being presented on the theatrical stage and how they shape Austrian culture.
- Independent Projects: Each student will develop an independent project in Vienna.
Program excursions are an important part of the educational experience and are designed to complement the academic coursework. Excursions in Germany may include trips to Jena, Weimar, and Hamburg. During the stay in Austria, students may embark on a hiking excursion to the Alps and on a trip to Prague. There will be other shorter excursions in both Germany and Austria. Students are also able to travel during the Independent Travel Period.
Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course
Students accepted to the Germany/Austria Program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations I (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations II (1 credit) after they return. Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a Handbook of important information prior to the program. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.
The cost of the program will be the equivalent to one semester of on-campus charges: tuition, room and board, and fees. The program covers academic and educational costs, including field excursions and other group activities, as well as room and board during the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350.00 is required after acceptance into the program, which is a part of the total cost. Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or Earlham-approved off-campus program during their college career.
Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, passport and visa fees, books and personal expenses, and costs for the independent vacation travel period. A passport is required for travel to Germany and Austria.
Students will be responsible for making their own travel plans both to and from the program, as well as during the independent travel period.
The program allows students who have not yet studied German to begin their study at the language institute in Berlin. Preference will be given to students who have had the Basic German Sequence (101, 102) or the equivalent. Undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply. Students on academic probation are not considered eligible to participate. A student's eligibility for this program could also be affected by being placed on disciplinary probation. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.