Temple Summer in Germany

German Language and Contemporary Issues

Spend your summer exploring the dynamic cities of Berlin and Leipzig as your classroom while immersing yourself in German culture and language. During the first four weeks of this program (session I), delve into contemporary German issues with a Temple program director or take your German language skills to the next level at our partner institution, interDaF. You can also participate in session II and stay in Leipzig for an additional four weeks to begin or continue your language learning. Excursions and a robust cultural program complement your experience.

The Temple in Germany program is open to students of all majors and welcomes participation from qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

Free flight for Summer 2024!

Students who are accepted to Temple Summer in Germany 2024 and submit their program deposit by February 1st, 2024, will win a free flight!

Program Overview

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Academic Program


As a program participant, you can choose to study in Germany for four weeks (session I) or eight weeks (session I and II). 

Session I:

You’ll select from one of the following during session I: 

  •  Intensive German Language (4 credits)
    • Focus on language and cultural immersion
    • Offered at various levels, beginning through advanced. See below for detailed course information.
    • Courses taught at interDaF, a non-profit association which constitutes the University of Leipzig’s center specializing in German as a foreign language. The Herder Institut has more than 50 years of excellence in advancing German language skills, as well as teaching about the culture and civilization of Germany
  • Contemporary Issues Special Topics Course (3 credits)
    • Topic: Green Germany? Environmentalist Movements before and after Unification in Literature and Film
      • This course is available for credit as any of the following (you will select one):
        • Environmental Studies 3000: Special Topics in Environmental Studies;
        • German 3220: Topics in German History and Culture;
        • Geography and Urban Studies 3000: Special Topics in Geography and Urban Studies;
        • History 3480: Topics in European History; or
        • Sociology 3240: Selected Topic in Sociology
    • Taught in English by Temple program director Dr. Andrea Schmidt

Session II: 

Following the first four-week program, stay in Leipzig to begin language study or complete an additional four weeks of intensive German at our partner institution, interDaF.

Language of Instruction

  • Intensive language option: German
  • Contemporary issues special topics course: English 

Course Load

  • 4-week program (Session I): 3-4 credits
  • 8-week program (Sessions I and II), 7-8 credits

German Language Courses (offered during Session I and II)

  • German 1001: Introduction to German I (4 credits)
  • German 1002: Introduction to German II (4 credits)
Intermediate and Advanced
  • You'll enroll in one of the following courses, plus a one-credit independent study in German studies (German 2011: Immersion in German), for a total of four credits:
    • German 2001: Intermediate I (3 credits)
    • German 2022: Intermediate II (3 credits)
    • German 2041: Reading I (3 credits)
    • German 2122: Conversation I (3 credits)
    • German 2131: The Contemporary German-Speaking World (3 credits)
    • German 3011: Intensive German in Germany (3 credits)
      • For students who have completed all other courses offered at the advanced level.
    • German 3021: Conversation II (3 credits)

View all courses and pre-requisites.

German Language Course Placement

Prior to the start of classes, you will take a placement test to confirm your level and course. Students staying for session II will take another placement test at the start of the second session to confirm course enrollment for the second term.


During the first five days of the program, orientation takes place in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, known for its vibrant cultural scene and juxtaposition of historical buildings alongside modern architecture. After orientation, you'll live in Leipzig, a lively city that is rich in history, culture and music.

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Explore Leipzig!

  • Population of nearly 600,000; second most populous city in the area of former East Germany
  • Numerous magnificent historical buildings, now mostly refurbished, include the Old Town Hall, the Old Exchange, the old and new exhibition centers, and the Monument to the Battle of Leipzig
  • Major center of music, including classical (Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Schumann and Haendel) and modern, with a lively independent music scene
  • Vibrant and innovative art scene with a long list of museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces, including Spinnerei, a modern exhibition space that hosts contemporary artwork by budding artists and designers in the city
  • Known as a "water city" with an extensive interlocking system of natural rivers and canals that traverse the city
  • Leading center of libraries, publishing houses and the German book trade
  • Seat of the Supreme Court
  • Hub of European trade
  • Founded in 1409, its university is the second oldest in Germany
  • Two hours from Berlin, one hour from Dresden and Weimar, and three hours from Prague
Program Dates

Four-week Option: late May through late June
Eight-week Option: late May through late July

When you submit your application, you will select your program length. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make any changes after the application deadline. All students participate in the first four weeks of the program together before students not enrolled in Session II courses depart Leipzig. 

Tentative Program Dates for 2024

Departure from U.S.May 28
Arrival in Berlin, GermanyMay 29
Orientation in BerlinMay 29-June 2
Group travel to Leipzig, GermanyJune 3
Session I classes beginJune 3
Session I classes end
Last night in housing for students not enrolled in session II
June 28
Session I program ends
Students not enrolled in session II depart
June 29
Session II classes beginJuly 1
Session II classes end | Last night in housingJuly 26
Program endsJuly 27

Do not use the above dates to book your flight, as they are tentative and subject to change. Accepted students will receive confirmed program dates and flight booking guidelines from Education Abroad before making travel plans.

Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.

*Many students find it necessary to spend the night in Berlin prior to departure, which they schedule for the following day anyway to ensure that they have enough time to catch their flight, since many flights out of Berlin to the US are early in the morning.


Housing type: Shared apartments

You will live in shared apartments, arranged by interDaF, with other program participants. Accepted students will receive further details

Activities & Excursions

This program offers several excursions and organized cultural events in order to enhance your learning experience while in Germany.

  • On-site orientation takes place in Berlin during the first few days of the program.
  • interDaF organizes a robust cultural program throughout your stay, including group activities like:
  • They also offer optional day trips to Erfurt in June and  Saxon, Switzerland in July.
Faculty & On-site Support


  • Dr. Andrea Schmidt, a Temple faculty member, serves as program director, oversees the academic program, and teaches the special topics course.
  • Local faculty of interDaF teach the German language courses on this program.

View program faculty.

On-site Support Staff

In addition to your program director, you will have access to on-site support from interDaF.

Program Costs

TUITION AND FEES (3-8 credits)

Temple students pay their usual per-credit rate by school/college and residency.

Non-Temple students pay the non-matriculated student rate based on residency. For the 2023-24 academic year, PA residents are charged $749 per credit and non-PA residents are charged $1,349 per credit. *Non-Temple students: your program costs may vary depending on your home institution's billing model. Please check with your study abroad office about your school's billing policies.

All students pay the Germany Program Fee, which includes housing in shared accommodations, orientation, a public transportation pass, and a day trip. The estimated Germany Program Fee for four weeks is $2,500 and $3,500 for eight weeks.

For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

View detailed program costs.


Education Abroad offers competitive, need-based scholarships for this program. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Health & Safety

Staying healthy and safe abroad requires good planning and strong support. Review our health and safety page for important steps to preparing for study abroad, and details about international travel medical insurance and assistance provided by Temple.  

  • Dr. Patricia Melzer, Department of German, French, Italian and Slavic; Temple University; 215-204-1760;  
  • Dr. Andrea Schmidt, Department of German, French, Italian and Slavic; Temple University;  
  • Education Abroad: 215-204-0720;

Eligibility Requirements

Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
  • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
  • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

  • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
  • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
  • Exchange Programs: 2.75
  • External Programs: 2.5

You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

Have a valid passport

You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


Are in good disciplinary standing

You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

Meet the minimum age requirement

You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

For Temple in Germany, there are no additional eligibility requirements

Application Requirements

The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

    For Temple in Germany, there are no additional application requirements.

    Admissions Timeline

    • Admissions is rolling (early applications encouraged).
    • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision within two (2) weeks.

    Studying abroad was one of the best things I have ever done and was such an amazing experience! You will meet so many amazing people and gain so many life-long memories!

    Adrianna Licari in Leipzig-standing on terrace with one foot raised-photo provided by Adrianna Licari

    Adrianna Licari (she/her)