Schmalkalden Summer Language and Culture Program
J. Myers
26 Jun 2011 to 9 Jul 2011

Schmalkalden Summer Language and Culture Program

Schmalkalden 2009 - In ClassProgram Dates: 26 Jun 2011 to 9 Jul 2012

Language of Instruction: German and English

Program Website:

Application :

Deadline: 01 Mar 2012

Please stop by the Coordinator's office to also get a copy of the Schmalkalden application form or you can visit the program website to download a copy.

Return Applications to: Dr. Jon Tuttle, FH 146

Program Costs: Between $2700 to $3325 (breakdown below)

Program Fee: 400 Euro

Airfare: $1500 (approximate)

Hotel in Mainz before program (2 nights): $300 (single) or $150 (double)

Hotel in Mainz after program (1 night): $150 (single) or $75 (double)

Meals: $200 - $250

Passport + Insurance: $150

Transportation (2 Train tickets): $75

Personal Items: $100 - $300

Schmalkalden 2009 - At the Ropes CourseIncluded in program: Lodging (usually in student housing, two to a room), breakfast every day, all excursions (this year to Erfurt, Weimar, Meiningen, plus a rope course [Hochseilgarten] on Sunday), activities (bowling evening, film evening, cook-out at student club, city tours), instructional materials (books are returned at completion of course), admission to museums, etc. included in program.  Participants have access to campus computer center for emailing, surfing, etc., plus library facilities, also with some computer connection.  Students of all levels can participate: from those who speak no German whatsoever to advanced speakers.

Type of program and academic credit: This is an international program taught by an international team of professional language instructors.  German courses are taught by native or near-native speakers of German.  Cultural modules are taught by instructors from Germany and from around the world.  All participants are international students; there are no native speakers of German as participants.  The average participant is around 20-25 years of age.  Students are place in one of three groups: Group A (Anfänger): Students with no German at all; Group A+ (Anfänger +): Beginners with some German; Group M (Mittelstufe): Intermediate learners; Group O (Oberstufe): Advanced students.  Academic credit is offered but not mandatory.  The participant can choose to take the final examination and receive academic credit based current status within the German program at FMU (those with no German credit would receive credit for German 101) or the participants could elect not to take the exam.  Those taking the examination receive a Bescheinigung (document of participation) with grade; those not taking the examination receive a document of participation with no grade.

Who's a good candidate? Those students who are already enrolled in German courses are generally good candidates if the professor feels that they could benefit from this program and represent FMU well.  Those outside of the German program should be AT LEAST a second-semester sophomore with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Juniors and seniors should have a solid GPA (2.5+) and should also be good ambassadors for FMU.  Regardless of standing or program participation, ALL candidates must make application to FMU and be accepted to participate.  All applicants must also apply to the Mr. Joachim Bach, the Director of the International Office at the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.  (N.B., all applicants up to now who have been approved by FMU have also been approved without reservation by Mr. Bach’s office.)

Dates of the Program: The German language and Culture Program begins on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:00 am with a general meeting of participants and will end with a banquet on the evening of Friday, July 8, 2011.  The cost of the program covers lodging from Sunday night, June 26, 2011 through Friday night, July 8, 2011.  Saturday, July 9, 2011 is a travel day to reach airports for return flights or for extended personal travel, as the participant desires.  Participants are responsible for lodging, all meals, etc. before and after the official dates of the program.

Last Published: September 19, 2011 10:05 AM
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