A comprehensive and practical understanding and use of the German language helps develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation of the humanistic context of international, especially German-speaking, cultures.
Begin planning as early as possible
- Determine how education abroad fits into your overall degree plan with your academic advisor.
- Begin the process your freshman year.
Going abroad your sophomore year is ideal
- Finding applicable coursework is easier earlier in your major, before you reach upper-division requirements.
- Studying abroad in the last semester of your senior year may delay graduation.
Financial aid and scholarships may be applied to education abroad opportunities
- Schedule an appointment with Student Financial Services or visit financialaid.wsu.edu/financial-aid-for-studying-abroad to learn more.
- Departmental scholarships are available. Contact an advisor for more information.
Visit mystudyabroad.wsu.edu to browse additional program options.
Bilateral Exchange: University of Bonn
Location: Bonn, Germany
Term: Academic year, September-July | Fall, September-February | Spring, March-July
Cost: Academic year, $23,693 | Semester, $12,906
Features: The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (University of Bonn) was founded in 1818. With a student body of about 37,000, the University is one of Germany’s largest academic institutions, and with about 4,800 foreign students from all over the world also one of the most internationally oriented. A wide range of course offerings, an outstanding reputation in teaching and research, and a unique location make the University an especially attractive place to study and considered to be one of Germany’s and indeed Europe’s most important institutes of higher education.
Bilateral Exchange: Jacobs University
Location: Bremen, Germany
Term: Academic year, September-May | Fall, September-December | Spring, February-May
Cost: Academic year, $22,999 | Semester, $ 12,677
Features: Jacobs University is positioned within easy reach of the city center and its many scenic attractions. The public transportation system makes it easy and affordable to reach any part of the city and its surroundings. Its ideal location in northern Germany allows quick access to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Copenhagen.
ISEP Exchange: Philipps-Universität Marburg
Location: Marburg, Germany
Term: Academic year, October-July | Fall,* October-February | Spring, April-July
Cost: WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features: The city of Marburg, on the river Lahn in western Germany, is surrounded by forests and is situated about 45 miles north of Frankfurt-am-Main, where you can take a plane or train to virtually anywhere in the world. It is one of the few early medieval cities of almost unchanged character.
*Must stay through February
German Language and Cultures in Vienna
Location: Vienna, Austria
Features: Located in the heart of Europe, Austria is an ideal landing point for getting a glimpse of Europe. Vienna, the cultural and political capitol of Austria, is a city of 1.8 million people with fascinating historical, political, and cultural points of interest. Vienna ranks first in the world in the Quality of Living index. Many notable musicians were born in Vienna, such as Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Arnold Schönberg, and Falco, among others. Other notable musicians who have called Vienna home include Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Salieri, Carl Czerny, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and Rainhard Fendrich.
AIFS: Study Abroad, Humboldt University
Location: Berlin, Germany
Features: Spend a summer in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin, Germany with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the city’s oldest university and home to over 32,000 students. Located in the central borough of Mitte, the University is associated with 55 Nobel Prize winners.
IES: Berlin Summer Internship
Location: Berlin, Germany
Term: Summer, 3 or 6 credits
Cost: 3 credits, $5,600 | 6 credits, $5,800
Features: An IES internship in Berlin develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours per week. You’ll also enroll in a 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills to prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
ISA: German Language & European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Location: Berlin, Germany
Features: The German Language & European Studies program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a great variety of courses in German and European Studies. Popular subject areas include German Language, European Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Art History. Courses are taught in English and German by local and visiting faculty at FUB with other international students.
USAC: Study Abroad in Lüneburg, Germany
Location: Lüneburg, Germany
Term: Academic year, September-May | Fall and/or spring | Summer
Cost: Academic year, $18,580 | Semester, $9,540 | Summer, $4,380
Features: The Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies – specifically Germany’s role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification.