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Yale Summer Session in Jena & Berlin: Intermediate German I & II

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Program Information


Berlin, Germany; Jena, Germany




Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

GMAN S130-S140


3 Yale credits


Theresa Schenker    |   Lieselotte Sippel 


Yale College Applicants: GMAN 120 (Elementary German II), GMAN 125 (Intensive German I), or placement exam into L3.

Other Applicants: Completed two semesters of college-level German and evaluated by the German Language Program Director, Theresa Schenker. Please contact Prof. Schenker (theresa.schenker@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.


An intensive, content-based language program that teaches linguistic skills through a variety of texts and media, with special emphasis on the culture and history of 12 German, Austrian and Swiss cities. Participants spend the first four weeks in Jena, a small town in the heart of Germany. There, students live with host families and have class from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as daily work outside the classroom. The group will take a weekend trip to Munich, as well as excursions to nearby cities that can include Erfurt, Weimar, Eisenach, and Buchenwald. Students will visit museums, historical sites, cultural shows and more.

In Berlin, participants will also live with host families and will have class from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as daily work outside the classroom. There will be excursions to museums, cultural events, and historical sites in and around Berlin in the afternoons. On weekends, the group takes trips to nearby cities, such as Leipzig or Dresden or Hamburg. There will also be time for exploring Berlin on your own.

This program covers German 130 and 140 (L3 and L4) in one summer and is an excellent preparation for advanced language courses!

The syllabi below are from previous summers and contain dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


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Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

In Jena, participants will explore the city by going to several of the museums and attractions, such as the Planetarium, and get to know nearby cities such as Erfurt, Weimar, or Eisenach. Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia and has a beautiful old town center with a magnificent dome. Weimar is well-known for Schiller and Goethe, who lived here for many years. Eisenach houses the Bach Museum and the Castle Wartburg, where Luther translated the Bible. There will also be a weekend trip to Munich and a visit to the former concentration camp in Buchenwald. Living in Jena will allow participants to get to know small-town German life as well as gain an awareness of the former East Germany.

In Berlin, the program will explore the diverse cultural scene by going to several museums, attending a cultural performance, and visiting important sites such as the German Parliament and the Berlin Wall. With a three-day museum pass, participants can spend as much time in their favorite museums as they like. There will have many opportunities for exploring the rich history of Berlin, for example by taking an “underground” tour of Berlin to see where former East Germans attempted to use tunnels to escape to West Germany. A visit to a former prison of the secret police in East Germany is also included. One afternoon will be spent visiting the former concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, just outside of Berlin. Weekend trips will be taken to Leipzig, Dresden, or Hamburg.

Exact program components depend on availability of local attractions and may differ slightly from this description.


While in both Jena and Berlin, participants will be housed with local host families who will provide breakfast and dinner on a daily basis and all meals on the weekend. Living conditions and distance to where classes will be held will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


The program starts with four weeks in Jena, Germany, before moving on to Berlin, Germany for the final four weeks.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Jena on the first day of the program, and depart Berlin no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact the course instructor Theresa Schenker.  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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