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Fall 2017: EXCHANGE German-American Federation
September 25, 2017 - July 31, 2018 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
10/27/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMElliott Hall conference room
10/28/2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMElliott Hall conference room
02/20/2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMIGS conference room, 213 Clayton Hall
02/28/2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMIGS conference room, 213 Clayton Hall
Program Notes
If you are unable to attend an interest meeting, download and read the power point at the bottom of this page.
Program Description
Program Overview

Spend a full year (fall and spring semester) studying at a German university through a partnership/exchange between the University of Delaware and the Federation of German-American Clubs. Two deserving student participants each year will receive a scholarship of 6,000 euro, which covers room, board, and some living expenses. (Tuition is almost free at German universities.) The scholarship also includes a German rail pass which allows students to purchase train tickets within Germany at half price. Students will be expected to pay for their own airfare, health insurance, and personal expenses. This program affords students a full immersion educational experience at a German university. If you are independent, resourceful, and self-motivated, and have a working knowledge of German, this opportunity could be just the thing for you!

General Info / Student Life

Language: Students must have a good working knowledge of both written and oral German in order to function on campus and succeed in their courses.

Calendar: University semester start and end dates vary by state, but generally speaking the "Wintersemester" runs from October until February, and the "Sommersemester" runs from April through July. Check the individual university web sites for specific dates.

Visas and Passports: A valid passport is necessary. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany but must apply for a residence permit shortly after arrival.

Transportation: The availability of local transportation will vary from city to city, but, generally speaking, German towns and cities have reliable and efficient bus or even streetcar or subway systems, and student rates are usually available on monthly passes.

Housing and Meals: Scholarship recipients will reside in university dormitories. The Federation representative in the student's placement city will assist in obtaining university housing. Students will have access to low-priced meals in the student cafeteria.

The Institute for Global Studies cooperates with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on the administration of this program.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker).
Students will enroll as full-time, matriculated students at a German university. Prior to the beginning of the first semester, students will take a German language exam. If they pass, they are permitted to enroll in any courses in which space is available. If they do not pass, they must take German language courses for non-native speakers during their first semester in order to improve their proficiency and pass the test prior to the second semester. Students should not expect to earn the equivalent of 15 credits per semester, as the German university courses are quite demanding; six credits is a more realistic goal. Students should obtain official grade reports before leaving Germany in order to pursue transfer credit upon their return to UD.  Students must earn the equivalent grade of "C" or better in order for credit to transfer to UD.
Requirements
Students must have a working knowledge of German at the time of application, which typically means coursework at the 200-level or higher.

The deadline for applying for the German-American Federation scholarship is March 10. By this date students should complete the general study abroad application found online. In addition, student should complete the specific German-American Federation application (found below under Downloads) and send it via e-mail, together with the essay, resume, and unofficial UD transcript, to Lisa Chieffo by March 10. Recommendations and the language evaluation form should be sent directly to Lisa Chieffo as e-mail attachments. A hard-copy of the high school transcript may be sent by mail. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that these are submitted by March 10. Soon thereafter applicants will be interviewed by committee, and two scholarship recipients will be selected. Applicants should download the GAF agreement found below, sign it, and bring it to the interview or deliver to Lisa Chieffo prior to the interview.

(Please note: Students do not have to include photographs, a bank statement, or an official UD transcript with their application packet. However, once award announcements have been made, recipients should be ready to furnish these items quickly.)

While in Germany students are required to attend several social and educational functions sponsored by the funding agency.
Costs
Other important things to note:
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason.
Students pay nothing to UD during the scholarship period. While in Germany they will receive 600 euro from the Federation in ten monthly installments. From these funds students must pay all expenses, including their dorm room, mandatory health insurance, any university fees, and other costs of living. Students are responsible for purchasing their own roundtrip airline ticket to/from Germany.
Deadlines
All application materials are due by 5:00pm on the dates listed below:
Submit Program Application by 5pm onMarch 10, 2017
Contacts
Lisa Chieffo
Associate Director
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716
302-831-2852
302-831-6042
lchieffo@udel.edu
File Downloads
German-American Federation application
German Proficiency Certificate
GAF recommendation form
sample German resume
interest meeting ppt
GAF agreement

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.




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