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Freiburg Study Group

Director Spring 2017: Professor Ulrich Meyer, Professor of Philosophy


The Freiburg Study Group consists of two parts: a four-week group trip through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, followed by a semester of study at the Albert–Ludwigs– Universität in Freiburg, Germany.             

The program provides students with a first-hand experience of German Culture in all its variety and gives them an opportunity to develop and perfect their language skill through immersion in a German-speaking environment. The Freiburg Study Group is sponsored by Colgate’s German Department, but is open to students in all fields.      

The group will travel together with the director from mid-March to late April. In 2017, the group trip includes Zurich, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, and Frankfurt. During this travel period, students begin their first two courses: the composition course GERM 341 and the culture course GERM 457. The semester at the University of Freiburg begins on 24 April 2017 and ends on 31 July 2017. At the University of Freiburg, students can take elective courses in any discipline and receive credit for majors in most fields.

Wandern im Schwarzwald, Black Forest, Germany Unterricht im Freiburg Südtirol, Italy Museumsquartier, Wien Freiburg Study Group: Zürich Freiburg Study Group: Sils-Maria, Schweiz Freiburg Study Group: Die Schaubühne, Berlin Die Dreisam in Freiburg Der Bundestag im Reichstagsgebäude, Berlin Das europäische Parlament, Strasbourg, France A scenic view of Berlin

Prerequisites and Selection Criteria

Satisfactory completion of GERM 202 or the permission of the director. Students who are unable to take GERM 202 might be able to satisfy the language prerequisite in a different way and should contact the director.


GERM 341 Advanced Conversation and Composition (Prof. Meyer).  This course focuses on the language skills needed for coping as a student at a German university. The first part is taught by the director while the group travels; the second part is taught in Freiburg by the director and local tutors in accordance with the specific needs of the individual student.

GERM 457 German Culture and Literature (Prof. Meyer). This course is designed to give students a sense of Germany that goes beyond the university setting. Students are presented with a survey of German culture and history that draws on their immediate experience abroad. In addition to a study trip to several areas of German-speaking Europe, the course includes museum visits, theater and opera performances, and concerts. As with German 341, this course has two components: the pre-semester group trip, and the semester at Freiburg. This course satisfies Colgate’s Global Engagements requirement.

GERM 400, 403 Electives Abroad. During the semester at Freiburg, students may enroll in courses from any field of study (subject to availability and the satisfaction of prerequisites).

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in the dormitories of the University of Freiburg together with other Freiburg students. Students may participate in all university and extracurricular activities such as sports, choruses, orchestras, theatre groups, etc.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Students may participate in various university and community extracurricular activities such as sports, choruses, or orchestras, etc.

Educational Journeys

In the first weeks of the program students will travel with the director to several cities chosen to illustrate important aspects of the political, economic, and cultural development of German-speaking Europe. This travel is an essential part of German 457: German Culture and Literature.


Mid-March through July 2017. Students may remain in their dormitory rooms until July 31, 2017.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to and from Europe, and will meet in Freiburg at the beginning of the group activities. The director makes all the arrangements for the group trip in March and April.


Three orientation sessions in the fall prior to departure help to prepare students for their experience at a German university. Previous study group participants and native German students in residence at Colgate will serve as resource persons for the new study group.


For details of student expenses on this study group, please see Student Cost Estimate Sheets on the Off-Campus Study website.

Calendar and Deadlines

All students interested in applying should plan on attending one of the informational sessions.  The deadline for applications to the spring 2017 Freiburg Study Group is Friday, November 6, 2015.  Applications are on the Colgate University Off-Campus Study/International Programs website and are submitted online. Only finalists in the selection process will be interviewed. Interviews will take place before fall exams and will be arranged by e-mail. Student notification of selections will  take place in late December 2015.

Passports and Visas

You must confirm that your passport is valid through December 2017. All students participating on the Freiburg Study Group will be required to obtain a Schengen student visa. With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with German government visa requirements. If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off-Campus Study/International Programs, 101 McGregory, and International Student Services, 103C Lathrop Hall, to learn as much as you can about the regulations. For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.

Program Dates

Freiburg Study Group Program Dates: mid–March through late-July, 2017

Informational Sessions

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.,
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:30a.m.,
and Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:30a.m.,
in the new Center for International Programs, 101 McGregory Hall

More Information

For more information contact Professor Ulrich Meyer at

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