2019 May Term Abroad: Münster, Germany

Credits: 6 (GERM)Muenster Panorama
Dates: May 21-June 30, 2019
Estimated Cost: $5735
Applications are now closed.
Application and deposit due February 1
Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick, Schug and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 1.


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.

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.

2019 Itinerary (subject to change) 

  • May 21    Flight to Frankfurt
  • May 22    Arrival in Frankfurt. Morning bus trip to Wartburg, Eisenach, Erfurt.
  • May 23    Tour of Erfurt. Trip to Weimar (Goethe-Haus, Nietzsche-Haus, City Museum).
  • May 24    Visit to Buchenwald. Bus trip to Münster; meet with host families.
  • May 24-June 26  Homestay and courses in Münster.
  • June 27   Bus trip to Berlin.
  • June 30   Departure from Berlin; flight back to U.S.

Students will live with a German family during the Münster portion of the program.  In travel portions of the program, students will reside in shared hotel rooms.  Most meals are provided by the program.

Flights are not included in the estimated cost, but will be included in most students' final cost.  Once the size of the group has been determined, the Office of Global Education will organize a group flight for the program. All students are encouraged to join the group flight and must work with Dr. Widdows to make any alternative arrangements.  Faculty will accompany students on the group flight.

Students will need a valid passport to leave the U.S; the passport must also be valid for at least six months after the program return date of July 2, 2018.  Students who do not already have a passport or need to renew theirs are advised to apply for one as soon as they are accepted into the program.  Processing times can take up to eight weeks.  For more information, please review the State Department's website: http://travel.state.gov

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Germany.html

Students are advised to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or health provider several weeks before departure to obtain any recommended and/or required vaccines or immunizations.  Students are responsible for ensuring that all routine travel and immunizations are up-to-date.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for information on recommended and require immunizations for travelers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Please see the information on our May Term Abroad page.

The cost is expected to be $5735 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 1: $500 deposit and application due.  After the number of participants has been determined, the full program cost will be finalized, including airfare, and bills posted.

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@h7sc.edu