Samford in Germany
June 7 - July 7, 2018
Place: Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt, Bamberg, Germany
The “Samford in Germany” summer language program takes place in Bamberg, Germany. Bamberg is a historic center of Christian life, and the most significant of its churches is the 12th century cathedral which contains one of the finest works of High Medieval art, the Bamberger Reiter. The city itself was founded in the year 1007, and boasts a number of historic sites of interest, including a vast underground network of catacombs. The oldest catacombs have existed for over 500 years and have served variously as underground beer warehouses and bomb shelters during the Second World War. The surrounding country is dense with historical sites, castles and exciting outdoor opportunities for excursions, hiking and rafting.
Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt, our partner institute, is situated in the center of the ancient church and university town and has a working relationship with Bamberg university’s notable institute devoted to the pedagogy of teaching German as a second language. The privately-owned language institute offers elementary, intermediate and advanced language classes. Students with no experience in German can expect to gain basic proficiency. Students with previous experience in German will take a placement test and will be assigned classes based on their oral and written proficiency. The classes at Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt are small, usually 6 to 8 students, which facilitates individual attention. In addition, students are given a test every two weeks.
While in Bamberg, students will be assigned to families. These families have been carefully selected based on a number of criteria to assure that the family stay will maximize the students’ opportunity for rapid proficiency growth in spoken German and their familiarity with the German culture. Students will eat breakfast with the family each day, and will also share three other meals per week with the family.
Admission and Credit:
Please note that all SU students participating in the study abroad program to Germany are required to take WLAC 150
the preceding Spring semester in preparation for the trip. The program lasts 4 weeks and students will receive 8 hours of SU Credit. The program is open to any student in good standing at Samford University and other institutions of higher learning. Students from other colleges or universities will first need to enroll as transient students at Samford before applying for the study abroad program.
The trip fee for this course of study includes:
Health insurance, transportation to Bamberg from Frankfurt, 20 hours per week of instruction, 10 meals per week with your host family, lodging, books, and weekly activities with the school, lodging in Würzburg for two days prior to going to Bamberg, overnight in hotel on final Friday evening (August 11, 2017), prior to flying home the next day.
The trip fee does not include: Samford tuition, airfare to Frankfurt, meals in addition to the 10 meals per week which are provided, souvenirs and other extraneous expenses, any trips the student chooses to take on their own before or after the course of study.
GER 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352, 353, 354
Departure from U.S. in Summer 2018: June 7, 2018
. Courses at Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt
begin on the following Monday. You will take classes for 4 weeks and then depart from Frankfurt to the United States on July 7, 2018.
8 Credits (4 weeks)
Net Program Fee**: $1,560 (Airfare included)
**Important Note: Samford University subsidies non-London study abroad programs with 70% of the tuition paid for the course. For this program, the subsidy of $4,183
is subtracted from the true program cost of $5,743
. If a student withdraws from the course before departure or participates in the program without registering for the course, they will be responsible for the true program cost.
Scholarships available - please submit Samford in Germany Scholarship Application
by November 15, 2016. Recipients will be announced the first week of December, 2016. In order for your scholarship application to be considered, you need to have completed your application for the trip by clicking the "Apply Now" button --- a completed application includes the $500 deposit, as well as turning in your passport and signature page. If you have questions about how to do this, or if you have issues with your passport, please contact Dr. Angela Ferguson (email@example.com). If you receive a full scholarship, your deposit will be refunded to you. Also, if you decided not to go on the trip prior to the deposit deadline (December 8, 2017), your full deposit will be returned to you. If you withdraw after that date, your refund will be subject to the cancellation policy. In the case of significant mitigating factors, please contact Dr. Ferguson directly.
This price includes round-trip airfare from Birmingham or Atlanta to Frankfurt. If you need to fly out of another gateway city, please notify Herr Burckel (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to use your own frequent flyer miles and get yourself to Germany, your program fee will be reduced by $900.
Instructor: Brad Burkel