German Summer in Münster

H-SC Study Abroad in Muenster, Germany


Summer 2014

Dates: May 28th-July 6th 2014

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Hampden-Sydney College is proud to assume the sponsorship of the Münster Summer Program, which 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 seven-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 one year of Elementary German or the equivalent.

LocationH-SC Study Abroad in Muenster, Germany

Founded in 793, Münster is one of the oldest and most picturesque university towns in Germany. It became the capital of Westphalia and was chosen as the scene for the signing of the Peace Treaty after the Thirty Years War, in 1648. The cultural and intellectual awareness of this former Hanseatic city is manifested in its rich examples of virtually all major architectural styles, notably its beautifully restored medieval buildings and its many excellent institutions of higher learning. First among these is the University of Münster, chartered in 1773 and one of Germany's largest universities. Münster's convenient location will enable students to take excursions to the neighboring countries of France, Holland, 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) (Prof. Johnson, Hampden-Sydney College)
    An intensive grammar review progressively accentuating vocabulary acquisition and reading skills; practice in simple essay writing
  2. German Conversation I. (HSC - GERM 202) (Prof. Klabes, Vassar College)
    Study of idiomatic phrases and synonyms to develop skill and confidence in discussions
  3. German Conversation II. (HSC - GERM 385) (Prof. Johnson, Hampden-Sydney College)
    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) (Prof. Klabes, Vassar College)
    Literary and cultural developments in Germany from 1945 to the present
  5. Independent Study. (HSC - GERM 485) (Klabes/Johnson)
    Program on German literature or culture, making use of the city of Münster, to be worked out in consultation with an instructor

Costs and Dates

The dates of the program will be May 28 to July 6, 2014. 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.

The application can be filled out and submitted online or it can be downloaded, filled out, and mailed with a $500 (non-refundable) deposit (made out to Hampden-Sydney College) by March 1, 2014, to:

Münster Summer Program
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;

Last updated: 1-9-14