Study Abroad in Germany

The German Department offers to its students two study-abroad programs in Germany. 

Participation in the Saarland University exchange program or the Würzburg summer program is strongly recommended to all students seeking a degree in German.

Saarland University Exchange Program

Hillsdale College’s Exchange Program with Saarland University affords Hillsdale students the opportunity to study at a very reputable German university as “non-degree, visiting students,” while remaining officially enrolled at Hillsdale College. To be eligible, a student must have at least junior standing, sufficient fluency in German to enter into German university courses, and maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in German. Students must be recommended for the exchange by Hillsdale's German Department and also demonstrate a high degree of social maturity.

Recommended Preparatory Work

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the pre-semester intensive language study, “Intensivsprachkurs Deutsch als Fremdsprache,” offered by the International Studies Office at Saarland University. This four-week-long intensive language course will prepare foreign students for the actual academic semester. Students will receive academic credits for successful completion.

Course of Study in Germany

Students may elect any field of study for which enrollment limits have not been reached and for which they are eligible. It is however recommended that Saarland exchange students devote at least one third of their course work to German language and literature classes. Students must obtain grades (or grade equivalents) and evidence of hours taken in collaboration with the International Studies Office. These courses and grades will then be entered in the students’ Hillsdale College transcript. Participants typically gain 15 credit hours per semester in Germany.

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fees are paid directly to Hillsdale College. Students register at Hillsdale as full-time students under the designation of UoS 300 (Saarland University). Students who choose a one-semester course of study can attend only in the Spring/Summer Semester. (March-July).

Housing and Transportation

Saarland University will procure dormitory housing or private accommodation for which the student will pay rent in Germany. Meals can be purchased at various cafeteria locations on campus. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the host institution. Local public transportation is provided through the Semesterticket, which is included in the student fees at the German partner school. 

Application, Release and Assumption of Risk Form, Health Disclosure and Insurance, Conduct

Students must complete Hillsdale College's Off-Campus Study Forms and demonstrate to Hillsdale College and Saarland University sufficient health insurance coverage. All participating students are subject to rules and regulations of the host university.

Further information and pertinent forms can be found at the Saarland University website.

Würzburg Summer Program

Hillsdale College's Intensive Language Summer School in Würzburg is open to interested students who have completes GRM 201 with a grade of "B" or better. The program allows students to enroll in intermediate-to-advanced-level German courses through normal summer-school procedures. While in Germany, students will be immersed in the life of a typical university town and gain a deeper understanding of German language and culture.

Location & Accommodations

The program is located in Würzburg, Bavaria, on the campus of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität which was founded in 1582. Würzburg is known for the beauty of its southern German baroque churches and castles. The city is situated in the midst of the famous vineyards of the Main River, and is easily reached from Frankfurt.

Participating students live in Universität Würzburg dormitories in single rooms. All classes are taught at Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (Catholic University Association) in the center of town. 


The four-week intensive language course takes place in July and is taught by Hillsdale College faculty and associated faculty from the Program partner school Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania.  Classes meet every day for four hours, numerous excursions and cultural activities are provided, along with countless hours of conversational German outside of class.


Students receive five Hillsdale College credit hours of German 350: Study in Germany – Würzburg. Such course work and credit hours are transferable to other colleges for visiting students.

Excursions & Cultural Experiences

  • Two weekend excursions: Munich and Berlin
  • One-day excursions to Rothenburg, Nürnberg or Bamberg
  • Various local tours and visitations of museums, churches and castles, boat tours
  • Local viniculture presentation


  • Individual US-Germany air transportation
  • University housing, excursions, visitations, all local transportation, German cell phone: $1650
  • Hillsdale College summer school tuition (5 credits): $2250


Hillsdale College offers the Lillian Rick Study Abroad Scholarship and German Study Abroad Scholarship to deserving students for the purpose of foreign study.

For more information contact Dr. Eberhard Geyer