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Why YOU Should Study Abroad

Are you a German major or minor? Then you are in the right place! Nothing completes your German experience better than full immersion in culture and language learning in a summer program, or by spending a semester or academic year in Germany.  Here are a few facts that might help convince you that Germany is the right choice for you!

Did you know that: 

  • ASU´s exchange partners Regensburg, Heidelberg and Tübingen are rated among the top 10 places for a study abroad experience in Germany? 
  • there is scholarship money available for you through the School of International Letters and Cultures?
  • there is no tuition or fees for most graduate programs in Germany?  Many MA programs are taught in English, but you still might need to take the German Language University Entrance Examination, and a study abroad experience in Germany will help prepare you to pass this rigorous exam!  
  • if you are a German minor, you can take classes in your major while studying abroad?  (Some of them are even offered in English!)
  • rent and groceries are less expensive than in other European countries (and better!), so it is easy to stay within your budget and still have fun?
  • that 62.5% of students who study in Germany decide to stay?  Germany currently has the best economic growth and outlook and is looking for international professionals in a variety of areas including enginnering, computer science, sustainability, nursing and others!

Start planning now!  Talk to your instructor or make an appointment with Dr. Christiane Reves in order to prepare for a successful study abroad experience and to find the best program and funding for you!

A Message from the School of International Letters and Cultures

“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both, an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you with a unique experience that you will remember for life.”

- Professor Nina Berman, Director School of International Letters and Cultures


Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, and working closely with German faculty and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures German major or minor, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. The optimal time for a language and culture major or minor to study abroad is when your language proficiency is at the intermediate level (201 or 202, or above). If you wish to study abroad before you reach this level, we recommend that you have at least one semester of language before participating in a language program abroad. Review our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching study abroad programs; speak with German faculty or meet with a SILC advisor, and visit the Study Abroad Office website to review programs in Germany
Summer Option 1: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 2 Fall - Spring Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 3: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3 Fall - Spring Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 5: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4 Fall - Spring Option 6: Complete a fall semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of International Letters and Cultures

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with German faculty and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of study abroad programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in German. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? The Study Abroad Office offers bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, SILC recommends the following programs.

Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Germany
Unique Features: Study for four weeks in Regensburg, Germany - a UNESCO Heritage Site, with excursions to Munich and Nuremberg. Receive full immersion training in language and culture and earn 6 GER (German) credits, including coursework that can go toward fulfilling the second language requirement, on this program.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Post-Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: Explore global questions around migration by comparing the role NGO networks play in responding to migrants and refugees across two urban spaces: Berlin, Germany and Phoenix, Arizona. This program will incorporate hands-on service-learning opportunities with organizations on-the-ground in Berlin, providing students with real-world experience in working with NGOs and immigrant and refugee communities by developing a workshop that will have an artistic outcome.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: The Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin offers flexibility to experience Berlin your own way. Pair one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. No matter how you build your program, you’ll immerse yourself in the German language-, culture-, and people-vibrant Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, techno, and the world’s digital currency boom – all while taking classes in a range of subjects, including Communication.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Multi-Country
Unique Features: EuroScholars is a prestigious study abroad program designed for talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students looking to participate in international research. EuroScholars participants identify an on-going project and join a research team at one of the renowned research universities which make up the EuroScholars Consortium. This is an excellent opportunity to add quality undergraduate research to your resume!
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany. Today, it represents a classical, research-oriented university with a broad range of subjects and courses with a record of academic distinctions, including eight Nobel Prizes to date. More than 30,000 students study in one of the university's 12 faculties; of them, more than 5,500 are foreign students. Heidelberg’s natural setting and historic sights attract visitors and scholars from around the world, and contribute to the city’s open-minded and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: The University of Regensburg is a modern Campus-University situated in the historic town of Regensburg. It is a research-oriented university founded in 1962 and includes 11 faculties with more than 200 English-taught courses across many degree programs. The university’s language center offers a breadth of German language courses along with intensive pre-semester preparatory courses at all levels. About 21,000 students are enrolled at UR including an international student community of approximately 1,800 students.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: The University of Tuebingen is characterized by an awareness of tradition, a distinctly "Ivy-League" feel, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Founded in 1477, the university is internationally recognized in a variety of fields and has a long history of scholarly renown. Hölderlin, Hegel and Schelling, as well as Pope Benedict XVI, all studied or taught there. With a student enrollment of approximately 22,000, the university possesses state-of-the-art technical equipment and extensive library facilities