June 1 - June 29, 2019
(plus one week of flexible online-preparation starting May 13)

An Intensive, Total-Immersion Program in German
(offered by the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Universität Leipzig)

Priority Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
Final Application Deadline: February 25, 2019

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The University of Arizona is proud to announce its 2019 Summer Study-in-Leipzig-Germany Program, an intensive program in German language and culture. Students of any area of study with a minimum of two semesters of college German are eligible to apply. We will accept a maximum of 25 students. Applications will be reviewed continuously until the program is filled.

The City of Leipzig

Bursting with confidence and full of vitality, Leipzig is located in the central eastern part of Germany in the Free-State of Saxony. It has a population of over 500,000. The University of Leipzig, one of Germany’s pre-eminent seats of learning, was founded in 1409. Famous students include Leibniz, Lessing, Klopstock, and Goethe. You are invited to become part of the community of 30,000 German and 4000 international students during this summer program of study and travel.

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City Highlights
Johann S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Robert Schumann are three great names closely associated with Leipzig as a city of music. Bach worked in Leipzig's Thomaskirche as musical director and cantor. The Gewandhaus Orchestra became world famous under Mendelssohn- Bartholdy. The Leipzig Opera is the oldest in Germany. Leipzig has also been an important city of trade fairs, books and publishing. The church Nikolaikirche was the starting point and focal point of the Monday demonstrations that were the catalysts for the peaceful revolution and reunification of Germany.


Almost two decades after Germany’s re-unification, Leipzig has become a major center of higher education, research, culture, nightlife and shopping as well as a busy venue for trade fairs and conferences.  The lovely old Renaissance and Baroque buildings, churches, historical trading centers, malls with restaurants and cafes are now fully restored and modernized, providing a stylish paradise for students, shoppers, and sightseers.  High-class entertainment is assured – attractions for arts-lovers include the Gewandhaus concert hall, the Opera House, the St. Thomas Choir, cabarets, theaters, jazz cellars, the Drallewatsch pub district, numerous students' pubs and the Moritzbastei, Europe’s biggest students’ club (an underground vault with various bars, cafes, and dance floors).

Museum and art lovers will enjoy the Museum der Bildenden Künste, the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Museum in der Runden Ecke (exhibition: STASI -Power and Banality), the City History Museum, Bach Museum/Archives, Mendelssohn House, Battle of the Nations monument and numerous art galleries, e.g., the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, ARTCO Galerie, Galerie Leipziger Hof, Galerie Michael Beck & Eggeling. 

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GER 211: Intermediate Intensive German (6 units): Intensive practice of communication skills in German (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), systematic review of German grammar (equivalent to GER 201 and GER 202). Prerequisite: completion of two semesters of German study at college level or the equivalent.

GER 392: Directed Research in German Studies (6 units): Daily class meetings, conversation, reading and writing, individual research and group projects on topics in German Studies (art, business, film, history, linguistics, music, politics, and sports). Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of four semesters of German study at college level or the equivalent.

GER 492: Directed Research in German Studies (6 units): Same as GER 392, but a more extensive individual research project on a topic in German literature / culture. Prerequisite: GER 392 of a previous Summer Study in Leipzig Program.


Students will be accommodated in single rooms in student residence halls that house German and international students. All rooms are equipped with Internet connection. (You will need an Ethernet cable to connect your notebook.)

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Excursions / Tours
  • There will be a weekend excursion, two day-trips to other cities in the area, a visit of either the Porsche or BMW factory, a brewery tour (Brauhaus Sternburg), various visits of museums, and a concert in the Opernhaus or the Gewandhaus. Participants will have two weekends for rest or individual travel. Possible destinations are the cities of Naumburg, Erfurt, and Quedlinburg.
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Students make their own travel arrangements from the US to Leipzig. We recommend that accepted participants book their flights as early as possible. Leipzig is easily accessible by air to the airport Leipzig/Halle or through high-speed trains from Frankfurt (3 hrs), or Berlin (2 hrs). Students will have unlimited access to the excellent public transportation system within Leipzig. Car rental companies offer student- discounted rates for the eccentric driver (see picture to the right).

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Estimated Program Fee: $ 2,900  (subject to change depending on the value of the Dollar) 

The fee includes:

  • University of Arizona tuition and registration fees for 6 academic units
  • HTC international travel Insurance
  • Single room accommodation in student residence halls
  • Unlimited transportation cost within Leipzig
  • Group excursions (train / bus tickets and accomodation)
  • Group cultural events including visits and entrance fees to museums and performances
  • Program administrative costs
Additional expenses not included in the program fee:   
  • Transportation to Germany
  • Rail pass for travel in Germany/Europe (only recommended for extensive individual travel before and after the study program)
  • Meals
  • International Student ID Card (includes required basic insurance)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
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International travel health insurance is included in the program fee.


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Financial Aid


Three kinds of scholarships* are available from the Department of German Studies: (1) the Weinel Scholarship for UA Majors of German (download application form), (2) the German Studies Scholarship for UA students of all majors and minors (download application form) and (3) the Deutscher Studenten Club Study Abroad Scholarship. (download application form). Deadline for these applications is December 5, but earlier submissions are encouraged.

Other scholarships* are the SILLC Global Award (click here) (deadline in mid-February) and the Werner Schirmer Memorial Scholarship (click here) (deadline in early March).

Travel Scholarships* (ranging from $150-500): Application forms can be requested from the Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange: Daniel Vander Ploeg (Tel. 626-9664, email: Application deadline for the travel scholarships is March 15.

Boren Scholarships for International Study. Applications are available online at:

*Scholarship funding is limited and the application pool is competitive. Only UA students are eligible. 

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Eligibility for Program
  • Students of the University of Arizona and any other accredited college in the USA or Canada (Note: Non-UofA students must apply for non-degree admission and submit unofficial transcripts from home institution.)
  • GPA: 2.5 or higher.
  • Completion of a minimum of two semesters of college German or equivalent
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Application Procedures
    Apply online here.
  • An $80 application fee will be charged to your Bursar’s account once you request an
    application online and is due within 30 days of posting.
  • For more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad & Student Exchange (see contact below).
  • Pre-departure orientation meetings will be offered by the Office of Study Abroad and by the Department of German Studies in late April. A flexible online preparatory session will start May 13.
Application Deadlines

Priority: December 15, 2018
Final: February 25, 2019

We strongly recommend that students apply by the priority deadline.

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The 2011 group during a soccer game with a team from Bräunrode (a village in the Harz mountains)

Contact and Links  

For program and course information:

Peter Ecke, Leipzig Program Director
Department of German Studies
301 Learning Services Building
P.O. Box 210105
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 621-3202 or (520) 621-7385 

For application, fees etc.:

Rachel Wright, Study Abroad Advisor
Office of Study Abroad & Student Exchange
The University of Arizona
Office of Global Initiatives
Tucson, AZ 85721-0529 

Tel: (513) 818 2073


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Stadt Leipzig
Universität Leipzig

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