Amherst College Approved Programs

Berlin: Duke University

Duke University welcomes applicants from accredited colleges and universities. They may apply for either semester or for the full year, but applicants for the full-year program who will be juniors during the year abroad will receive priority. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with a B average. Attractive non-academic internship opportunities are also available.

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Berlin: IES

The IES Berlin Language & Area Studies Program draws upon Berlin's rich culture and tradition to connect coursework subjects with the living history of the city. The program offers IES courses taught in German by German faculty, as well as access to classes at a number of Berlin universities, including the renowned Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

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Berlin & Tübingen: Brown University Programs

Brown's study abroad programs in Germany are based at Humboldt-University in Berlin and Eberhardt-Karls University in Tübingen. Study abroad at either site combines a strong academic program with firsthand experience of the dynamic process of change within today's Germany.

Credit is received through the University of Minnesota.

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Berlin Consortium for German Studies

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) was founded in 1995 by a group of top U.S. universities who together represent the leading departments of German language and literature instruction in America.

The program was developed to support advanced language students in their direct enrollment in courses at the Freie Universität Berlin for one semester or, ideally, a full academic year.

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Freie Universität Berlin - Berlin European Studies

FUB invites applications for its undergraduate FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) program for Spring 2012 and beyond.

  • Based on the U.S. academic calendar, FU-BEST offers a strong intensive German language program as well as an exciting menu of content courses taught mostly in English but also in part in German.
  • There is no language prerequisite for participation in this program, but all participants are obligated to enroll on-site in German language training at their particular level.
  • The content courses cover topics from a variety of disciplines, ranging from political science, history, philosophy, and sociology to music history, architecture, film studies, marketing/management, environmental studies, sociology, and art history. A new course on Media Politics will be available as well.
  • The program has hosted participants from a wide range of mostly U.S. colleges and universities, featuring a growing number of formal institutional partnerships. Student feedback has been very positive.
  • Every semester features a week-long off-site excursion (in the case of Spring 2012, the participant group will be divided in two and will travel to Stockholm/Oslo and to Nuremberg/Prague, respectively), as well as local field-trips and cultural events.
  • Participants are housed in homestays or single-occupancy apartments, but may also opt out of these choices if they set up their own housing sufficiently in advance of the program.

The application deadline for participation in the Spring 2012 semester is October 15, and April 1 for the Fall 2012 semester.  Students may apply directly to FU-BEST (after approval at their home institution) or via their home college/university (especially where an institutional partnership exists).

 For full details on courses as well as other features of the program and application materials, please visit and click on the many links to all the information and documents (including course syllabi).

Freie Universitaet Berlin/DAAD - Summer Seminar

Freie Universität Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Summer Seminar/Internship program | deadline January 31, 2012

Freie Universität Berlin and DAAD are pleased to announce the fifth year of an intensive scholarship-supported summer seminar/internship program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students. Applicants must have at least "advanced intermediate" German skills to take part in the program, as the seminars and internships take place in the German language. The 15 applicants who are finally selected for the program will be awarded a monthly stipend and other benefits. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. Please visit the site to learn about eligibility and the application requirements.

Heidelberg University: American Junior Year Abroad

During your studies at the University of Heidelberg -- Germany's oldest university -- you will develop a more independent and self-reliant attitude towards learning. You will gain a new perspective on your major field of studies and will broaden your understanding of European history and cultures. Since all courses are taught in German, your language proficiency will increase rapidly. These new language skills will then allow you to easily assimilate into German life and culture.

You can study with the AJY program for a full academic year, for just one semester, or for the 6-week Heidelberg at Heidelberg summer school. Regardless of your major, the experienced and knowledgeable program staff will help you select courses which reflect your interests and which fulfill the requirements of your home campus. You will receive an official transcript of academic work from an accredited U.S. institution, Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.

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Smith in Hamburg

Smith College offers an academic year or spring semester program in Hamburg, Germany. This long-standing program is the only U.S. program at Universität Hamburg. 

Students may take courses at the Smith Study Center and at the University. Classes at the University are taken alongside local students, mostly in German but, with some exception, the program allows students to take courses in English.

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University of Massachusetts Baden-Württemberg Exchange

The University of Massachusetts offers an academic year/semester program at the universities of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Students in the program enroll in regular university courses at one of the nine Baden-Württemberg institutions: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen, Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, or Ulm. The program’s office in Freiburg assists students with all academic and personal matters. Courses in all majors (except studio art and instrumental/voice instruction) are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants should have two years of college-level German or equivalent when the program begins, if they plan to enroll in regular university courses taught in German.

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