Münster, Germany

H-SC Study Abroad in Muenster, Germany


Summer 2015

Dates: May 27th-July 6th 2015

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The Münster Summer Programhas sent more than a thousand students to Germany since 1971. In Münster, students can either finish their language requirement abroad or fulfill two of the upper-level courses required for a German minor or major. This unique five-week program offers students a living-learning experience where classroom instruction and surroundings reinforce each other. Students reside in private homes during their stay and personal contact with host families provides them with a first-hand experience of German life and culture. The program is open to all students in good standing, who have completed at least the first year of Elementary German or the equivalent.

LocationH-SC Study Abroad in Muenster, Germany

Founded in 793, Münster is a prosperous city of over 300,00 inhabitants. It is situated in northwestern Germany, a beautiful region of rolling hills famed for its moated castles. The city is home to one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in Germany, with a student population exceeding 48,000. Münster has a vibrant student life and a historic city center, which hosts twice weekly markets, numerous restaurants and other urban amenities. Voted the bicycle capital of Germany, it was also chosen as "the most livable city in the world" in 2004. Its convenient location will enable students to travel to neighboring Netherlands and Belgium, or France and Denmark.

Courses of Instruction

University-level courses will be taught by visiting scholars from American institutions of higher learning. Classes will be held in the Johan-Conrad-Schlaun-Gymnasium located within the medieval city center of Münster.Students will choose two of the following courses, either to complete their intermediate-level language requirement or to help complete a German minor or major: 

  1. Intermediate German. (HSC - GERM 201) An intensive grammar review progressively accentuating vocabulary acquisition and reading skills; practice in simple essay writing
  2. German Conversation I. (HSC - GERM 202) Study of idiomatic phrases and synonyms to develop skill and confidence in discussions
  3. German Conversation II. (HSC - GERM 385) Intensive oral training in expressing personal and critical views in idiomatic German - readings of contemporary texts provide a background for discussions.
  4. German Postwar Literature and Culture. (HSC - GERM 385) Literary and cultural developments in Germany from 1945 to the present
  5. Independent Study. (HSC - GERM 485) Program on German literature or culture, making use of the city of Münster, to be worked out in consultation with an instructor


2015 Itinerary (May 27-July 6) 

  • May 27    Flight to Düsseldorf
  • May 28    Arrival in Düsseldorf. Morning bus trip to Cologne
  • May 29    Visit Cologne's cathedral, the Roman-Germanic Museum and the Ludwig Museum
  • May 30    Bus trip to Münster; meet with host families
  • May 31    Walking tour of Münster; visit to the school
  • June 1     Classes begin (M-F, 9am-12pm)
  • June 4     School holiday; no classes
  • June 11   Long weekend begins after Thursday class
  • June 15   Classes resume after long weekend
  • July 1      Last day of classes; final exams
  • July 2      Group brunch with host families; prepare for Münster departure
  • July 3      Bus trip to Berlin
  • July 4-5   Excursion in Berlin
  • July 6      Departure from Berlin; flight back to U.S.


Costs and Dates

The dates of the program will be May 27 to July 6, 2015. The cost is expected to be $5070.00 and covers two courses, medical insurance, trip to Cologne & Berlin, room and board, public transportation in Münster. The fee does not include airfare and personal expenditures.


March 1st, 2015- $500 non-refundable deposit and application due.

After the number of participants has been determined, the full program cost will be finalized and bills mailed. Please contact Prof. Johnson about air travel. 

Deposits can be paid via PayPal when completing the online application or mailed in by check. If paying by check, please do the following:

1. Make check payable to Hampden-Sydney College and add May Term Abroad on the memo line

2. Mail to:

Hampden-Sydney Business Office
Box 127, Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden=Sydney, VA 23943


For more information, contact:
Dr. Dirk Johnson, Department of Modern Languages
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943;
434) 223-7423; drjohnson@hsc.edu

Last updated: 5-5-15