The Department of German strongly encourages study abroad as a means of cultural and linguistic immersion and typically recommends the junior year. Please see the Office of Study Abroad for information about programs, scholarships, and health and safety abroad, and consult with the departmental study abroad advisor in order to plan coursework.

The Academic Year in Freiburg program, which is supported by the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, provides a year of study for undergraduates at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. Following a four-week intensive language program in September, students take a combination of special program classes and regular German university courses. Organized field trips give students a broad perspective of German culture, while vacation periods permit extensive travel throughout Europe.

The University of Iowa also offers exchange programs with the Universität Dortmund and business-oriented programs in Frankfurt and Vienna. Study abroad scholarships are frequently available.

The USAC Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies—specifically Germany's role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, students can greatly expand their language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification.


Scholarships are available for study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Iowa. For more information on scholarships and funds available to help cover the costs of travel, in addition to application procedures, contact Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, 1111 University Capitol Centre.