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  • Locations: Trier, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): German Type of Program: Area Studies, GU Faculty-Led, Language Program
Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: December, February
OGE Advisor: Danielle Edmonson Engagement Opportunities: Intern: Credit, Service: Credit
Program Description:

Georgetown in Trier

Language, Culture History, and Service 

Georgetown in Trier

At a Glance

Location: Trier, Germany

Program Length: 5 weeks
Arrive on: May 26, 2018
Depart on: June 30, 2018

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome), teachers, and professionals.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
Number of credits: 6-7 credits

Program Description

Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a former capital of the Western Roman Empire, is a unique and ideal setting for advancing your understanding of German language, history, and culture. This picturesque town on the Mosel River offers a fascinating combination of ancient history and the conveniences of a modern city with a host of exciting cultural events for all tastes and interests.

On the program, you’ll take classes offered at the University of Trier, an institution with which Georgetown’s Department of German has partnered for nearly half a century. Courses are available for language-learners who have completed at least one year (6 credits) of German. There are many opportunities to expand your language abilities and cross-cultural knowledge both in the classroom and beyond. As a participant on the program, you will also have full access to the University of Trier’s campus, and are also eligible and encouraged to join campus activities and organizations with local student activities (Georgetown students have participated in swim meets, horseback riding clubs, various marathon events, and ultimate Frisbee tournaments), giving you opportunities to get to know locals and practice your German. Your exposure to German language and culture will be further maximized by living with a German family for the duration of the program.

Georgetown Faculty Director(s): Peter C. Pfeiffer (Professor, Department of German) and Mary Helen Dupree (Associate Professor, Department of German). The faculty members alternate summers.


The Trier program offers a range of courses designed to maximize students' study abroad experience. Whenever possible, course materials are related to life in Trier and Germany. All participants must register for six credits, though students in courses numbered 153 and above may also register for a one-credit internship (limited availability).

The program offers two unique colloquia. The first is a service-based learning colloquium (GERM 332) that combines working with the Catholic Diocese of Trier Social Services with studying the different approaches to providing social services between the United States and Germany. The second is a research colloquium (GERM 335) where students compare an aspect of local culture (media, shopping, some cultural organization) from their American home to a similar one in Trier. Both colloquia require some pre-departure research work. Both are limited to a maximum of two participants. For more information, contact the Program Director.

All courses are taught in German by instructors from Georgetown University and the University of Trier. Intensive Intermediate and Intensive Advanced German meet every week-day for three hours; three-credit courses meet four times a week for one-and-a-half hours.Internships last 2-3 weeks and are coordinated with the student’s schedule of classes and excursions.

Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 6-7 GU undergraduate (course numbers 032-335) or graduate (course numbers above 350) credits for a combination of the following course options:    
  • GERM-032-62: Intensive Intermediate German: Contemporary Germany (6 credits);
    Prerequisite: At least two semesters of college-level German (e.g., completion of GERM-002 or -011)
  • GERM-111-62: Intensive Advanced German: Stories & Histories (6 credits);
    Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level German (e.g., completion of GERM-022 or -032)
  • GERM-153-62: Mitten in Europa: Reading and Writing about Germany in Europe (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of GERM-111 or equivalent
  • GERM-175-62: Business German (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of GERM-111 or equivalent
  • GERM-264-62:/364-62: Portraits of the Artist: German Literature of the 20th Century (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of GERM-111 or equivalent
  • GERM-176-62: Internships (limited availability) (1 credit);
    Prerequisite: Completion of GERM-111 or equivalent
  • GERM-337-62:/387-62: Light and Darkness: Early German Film and Modernity (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of one Level IV course (GERM-150-199) or equivalent.
  • GERM-335-62: Social Services in Germany: A Service Learning Colloquium (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of one Level IV course (GERM-150-199) or equivalent.
  • GERM-365-62: Research Colloquium: Comparing Local Cultures (3 credits);
    Prerequisite: Completion of one Level IV course (GERM-150-199) or equivalent.
*For graduate credit, students must sign up for courses above the 350 level. Graduate students will take part in the same class sessions, but course requirements will differ significantly.

All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.

Language Pledge

Students will sign a Language Pledge in which they commit to speaking only in German (even amongst one another when no professors are present) for the entire duration of the program. While this may seem daunting at first, it is the only way to improve your level of French and ensure that you leave France having made as much progress as possible.

Applicants from other universities, as well as all Georgetown students who have not taken German at Georgetown University, are required to take the C-Test part of the German Department's placement test. Contact the Program Director to make arrangements.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:    
  • Heidelberg
  • Burg Eltz
  • Luxembourg
  • Karlsruhe
  • Metz
  • Idar-Oberstein
  • Mainz


Students will be housed with German families or individuals. These families are carefully selected, and many have been hosting Georgetown students for many years.


Students receive one meal per day provided by their homestay family.

Program Cost

The cost of the program for Summer 2018 is $6,995. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, housing, supplemental insurance, one meal daily, academic fees, and excursions. 

The program price does not include: airfare to/from Germany, passport fees, additional meals, and individual expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

Georgetown students participating in the program may be eligible for the Heinz C. Prechter, the Kurt R. Jankowsky, the von Finck family, or the Friends-of-the-Trier-Program scholarships. All interested students should contact the Faculty Director, Professor Mary Helen Dupree ( for more information. Application for Heinz C. Prechter Scholarship and Kurt R. Jankowsky Scholarship.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Your acceptance form and program deposit are considered a good-faith commitment to participate on your Georgetown University summer program. Withdrawal from a summer program must be made in writing to the summer program coordinator. Please note that application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. Georgetown University will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by our partner institutions. Refunds will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Peter C. Pfeiffer
Department of German
Georgetowwn University, ICC 467
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5693
Dr. Mary Helen Dupree
Department of German
Georgetowwn University, ICC 468a
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-6051

Student Voices

View Georgetown student Tyler Pearre’ #SummerSnaps Snapchat video from the 2017 Language, Culture and History program!

Dates & Deadlines:

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