Study abroad is an excellent way not only to increase your fluency in German but also to experience a new culture. Learning and living in another country can be life-changing, and it will provide you with international experience that is essential in view of the globalization occurring today.
Education Abroad Center
Education Abroad, also known as "Junior Year Abroad," is a coordinated effort by the UC System which allows more than 1,300 UC students annually to study in 33 countries across the globe. Students interested in German may study in Göttingen, Potsdam, or Berlin. Acceptance of credits earned toward degree and major completion is contingent upon two factors:
- The criteria of the College of Letters & Science.
- The course requirements of the particular academic department in which the student is majoring.
There are many options to choose from if you are planning on studying abroad. For information about study abroad options, stop by the Education Abroad Center located at 207 3rd St., Suite 120 in Davis or visit their website: http://eac.ucdavis.edu/eac/major_german.cfm.
Summer Sessions Abroad
Summer Session Abroad: http://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu/
Summer Sessions Abroad has programs in Berlin, Freiburg, and other German-speaking areas. Courses are taught in English. Students typically earn between 8 and 13 units.
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) is the German national agency for the support of international academic exchange and cooperation between Germany and other countries. It offers a wide variety of fellowships for non-German students to study, research, and work in Germany. Here are some popular fellowships for American undergraduate students:
- DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship:
For studying, conducting research for thesis, or doing internships in any academic field in Germany for 4 to 10 months.
- DAAD Study Scholarship:
This is a scholarship for graduating seniors to spend a full academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany.
- DAAD RISE - Research Internships in Science and Engineering:
Summer internships for undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Fellows work directly with doctoral students in research groups at German universities.
- DAAD University Summer Course Grant:
This fellowship allows undergrads to take summer courses at German universities to improve their language skills while studying their academic subject matters.
- German Studies Research Grant:
This grant funds research projects in the US or in Germany about any area of contemporary German Studies.
- EMGIP - Bundestag Internship:
This rellowship supports a two-month stay at the German parliament. Participants must be fluent in German.
- Study and Internship Program:
This fellowship supports an academic semester in Germany and a subsequent semester of professional internship in a company or a research institute in Germany.
The Fulbright Program offers a wide range of grants and fellowships to undergraduate students, international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The contact person for the Fulbright Student Program at UC Davis is Deborah McCook. Visit the Fulbright website for more information.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program supports university graduates from the United States with interests in international issues and leadership ambitions. This fellowship supports a one-year stay in Germany with fellows from other countries with the goal of exploring solutions to global issues. Fellows will conduct independent research projects at their host institutions. Each year 10 fellows will be selected from the United States.
The German American Chamber of Commerce offers a career portal for young professionals to gain internship or work opportunities in Germany and the US in a bilingual environment. For more information, please go to their website. GACC has a local office in San Fancisco.