Münster, Germany

Summer 2017
May 24th-July 2nd 2017

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The Münster Summer Program has 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.

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 Dr. Dirk Johnson (Hampden-Sydney College) and Dr. Brett Martz (Longwood University). 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: 

GERM 201: Intermediate German I
An intensive grammar review progressively accentuating vocabulary acquisition and reading skills; practiced in simple essay writing.
GERM 202: Intermediate German II
Study of idiomatic phrases and synonyms to develop skill and confidence in discussions.
GERM 304: Contemporary Germany and the Media 
Introduction to advanced grammatical structures; practice in writing and speaking idiomatic German; analysis of significant current events in Germany using regional and national newspapers and magazines.
GERM 306: Special Topics: Postwar Germany 
Analysis of literary, philosophical, and historical developments in Germany between 1945 and 1990, using literary and non-literary readings.
GERM 495: Independent Study
Program on German literature or culture, making use of the city of Münster, to be worked out in consultation with the instructor.

2017 Itinerary (May 24-July 2) 

  • May 24    Flight to Frankfurt
  • May 25    Arrival in Frankfurt. Morning bus trip to Wartburg, Eisenach, Erfurt.
  • May 26    Tour of Erfurt. Trip to Weimar (Goethe-Haus, Nietzsche-Haus, City Museum).
  • May 27    Visit to Buchenwald. Bus trip to Münster; meet with host families.
  • May 28-June 28  Homestay and courses in Münster.
  • June 29   Bus trip to Berlin.
  • July 2      Departure from Berlin; flight back to U.S.

Costs and Dates
The dates of the program will be May 24 to July 2. The cost is expected to be $5450 and will cover two courses, medical insurance, room and board for Münster homestay, public transportation in Münster, and day trips. The fee does not include airfare, textbooks, and personal expenditures. Final cost will depend on the number of students; the estimated cost is based upon a minimum number of 15 students.  February 7, 2017- $500 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. 

Eligibility, Application, and Deadlines
Please see the information on our May Term Abroad page

For more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Dirk Johnson, Department of Modern Languages
Box 155, Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6204; drjohnson@hsc.edu




Last updated: 12-08-2016