Study abroad experiences are one of the most exciting, interesting and efficient ways to learn a language. Such experiences are often life changing for many individuals and their impact on many students’ lives can be considerable. Students frequently experience an exhilarating widening of their intellectual and social horizons through immersion in a new culture and their contact with the people who inhabit it and who have spoken the language since birth. It has been often said that people don’t really understand their own culture until they are fully immersed into a new one since it is at that time that one fully grasps the full extent of the arbitrary nature of one’s society’s collective customs, ways of thinking, cultural priorities and values. It is at such times that one becomes aware of the world’s cultural diversity and the full concrete impact of the word “culture” in one’s daily life.
It is not uncommon for students to opt for a language major after such an experience and many of our students have launched their professional careers and personal lives in cultural settings beyond the English world as a result of their language studies either here or abroad and the personal contacts with individuals from other cultures which their education experience has facilitated. Many of our former students now live and work in non-English speaking countries and environments such as France, Belgium, Quebec, Germany and South America. For many students, it is on the streets of these environments, where they interact with native speakers in their daily lives, that a language suddenly comes alive. Most students who return to continue their language programs after a study-abroad or immersion experience will find that their fluency and command of the language has greatly increased within a short period of time and will enjoy greater self-confidence in their language courses. Our department strongly encourages students of German to complement their language studies at the University of Saskatchewan with participation in a study abroad or immersion program and it recommends the following options:
German Study Term Abroad in Marburg. Germany
Students who would like to study German in Germany and travel in Europe for a semester are strongly encouraged to consider the Marburg German study abroad program.
- Program: Intensive program in German language and culture
- Location: Offered by the College of Arts & Science in cooperation with Philipps Universitat Marburg (one of the oldest universities in the world and steeped in tradition. For further details see: http://www.uni-marburg.de/index_html-en?set_language=en
- Duration: 18 weeks in total
- Courses: two language classes and a literature/culture seminar, earn students 15 U of S credit units
- Living Accommodations: live on campus, participate in three excursions, including one weekend in Berlin.
If you have questions you can contact:
- Download the application form: PDF
Study in Germany (Summer)
Students interested in German language study during the summer months may wish to consider the following program:
CSSG: Canadian Summer School in Kassel, Germany
- CAUTG based; currently run through U of Alberta
- Yearly: Six ½ weeks (May - June )
- Intermediate & Advanced German Language and Culture Courses
- live in a home with German family
- For more information: http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/programs/lab/experiential/international/cssg/
Study in Germany / University of Saskatchewan Exchange Agreements
There also exist a number of Exchange Agreements between the University of Saskatchewan and German which may be of interest to students.
- Information on current options available and application forms can be found at the University of Saskatchewan’s Study Abroad Website at: https://students.usask.ca/academics/go-abroad.php
- Application deadline: February 1st
- Other Programmes and Schools (The University of Saskatchewan is not responsible for the quality of the following programmes. Although there may be exceptions, typically you will not receive university credit for taking the courses these schools offer)