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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Potsdam, Germany; Trier, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Faculty-led Minimum Language Requirement: 1000 level
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission
Prerequisite(s): See program page for pre-reqs. Pre-travel class meetings: Three (3) pre-travel classes
Faculty-Led Program Status: Full College: College of Arts & Science
Credits: 6 credits Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:


Program Description

Germany's Great Cities: Trier and Berlin

This intensive, all-in-German, study abroad program puts you face-to-face with the German language and culture and with Germany and the European Union, past and present. You will systematically improve your German skills and cultural understanding through regular classes, interacting with Germans around town, visits to museums, structured study trips, and hands-on activities that engage you with our two Great Cities.

In Trier, all students will participate in museum visits and archaeological sites to learn about Trier's Roman heritage, explore the city's role in religious life over time, and its status as the birthplace of Karl Marx. Intermediate-level students will take an intensive 1040/1050 course instructed by ASU faculty. They will keep a reading journal, practice German 24/7, and write cultural reflections set in Trier and in Berlin. Advanced-level students will do project-based work on each of the two cities with teaching partners at the university, have afternoon classes with ASU faculty, and complete a a reading project, connecting with the university campus. All activities give you constant practice understanding, speaking, and functioning in na all-German environment as you explore Trier's 2000-year old history.

During the final week, we will travel to Berlin to explore more modern German history: the East/West divide as a result of World War II and the Cold War, the former GDR and Stasi-era, and the former Berlin Wall, to examine the results of reunification at the place where the Peaceful Revolution took place. Other highlights: Berlin as a multicultural city, a day trip to Potsdam, a visit to the German Bundestag, and an evening theater event to experience the vibrant theater and arts offerings. For all site visits, students will keep a daily reflective journal and prepare a photo archive of their experiences so they are ready to share them with next year's students and contribute them if desired to the Global Connections Certificate.


GER 1040 – Intermediate German I – 3 credit hours
GER 1050 – Intermediate German II – 3 credit hours
GER 2050 – Great Cities I – 3 credit hours
GER 2055 – Great Cities II – 3 credit hours

GER 1040 and GER 1050 (GER 1020 or equivalent)
GER 2050 and GER 2055 (GER 1050 or higher, or an adequate score on placement test)

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  6 credits  
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts  
Program Cost2 $2,998.50  

1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs
Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Meals1 $100–200
Personal Expenses2 $150–300
Passport $150
Visa3 $0

1Additional meals not included in the program price. This may include non-group meals, meals during travel, and snacks.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering Germany. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $899.50 01/31/20
2nd Payment $899.50 02/29/20
Final Payment $899.50 03/31/20

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from May 12 to June 9, 2020.

Pre-Program Meetings

Three pre-program meetings during spring semester; dates and times TBD.

Post-Program Meetings

One post-program meeting in September; date and time TBD.

Program Leaders

Dr. Beverly Moser
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building and pay by cash, check, or debit card.
      • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
      • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order.
    • Pay through the Touchnet online payment system.  If using the Touchnet system please make sure that you are making the payment for the international charges.  Please see the Touchnet Payment Instructions.pdf
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2020 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.