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LSU in Germany
Berlin, Germany; Brannenburg, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Harald Leder
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

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This is a program for anyone interested in history!  Study German and learn about the culture, history, film, and music of Germany for five weeks, right on location.  

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    Develop unique and first-hand insights into German society, history, culture, film, and music
  • Study in English!  You don't need to know or take German!
  • Experience one of the most beautiful and historically significant regions in Europe
  • Live in Bavaria, in the heart of Europe
  • Travel to other countries on the weekends
  • Save money; all meals, two day-long excursions each week, and transportation within Germany are all included!
  • Receive first-rate instruction on a personal level and with a low student-teacher ratio
  • Combine travel, immersion in a new culture, and course credit at an affordable price

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees 
(Graduate, 6 hours)
June 2 July 8 $4,800 instate: $2,305
out of state: $6,606
instate: $2,748
out of state: $7,075

Program Fee Includes

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  • All meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing: Bedding will be provided at all locations.  In Berlin, the group will stay in a hostel.  The rooms, which house 4-8 students, have private baths and showers.  In Nuremberg, the group will stay in a youth hostel.  Students will share rooms, and each room as a private bath.  The hostel is in a quiet area on the edge of the city, with eacy access to the city center via subway and bus.  In Brannenburg, housing will be at a trade union training center.  There will be two students per room, and the rooms have private baths and balconies overlooking the Alps.

Meals: Three meals per day will be provided.  Most of these meals will be at the hotels.  On days when the group is out on an excursion during meal times, Dr. Leder (the Program Director) will either arrange for sack lunches, or for the group to eat in a local restaurant.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

room key and homeworkTuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU, including the courses on the LSU in Germany program.

Airfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare to/from Germany.  You should purchase an airline ticket that has you arriving at Berlin's Tegel airport (airport code: TXL) on Saturday, June 3.  That means you will need to fly out of the US on Friday, June 2 as Trans-Atlantic flights to Europe are overnight.  Dr. Leder, will pick you up from Tegel aiport on June 3.  You should schedule your return flight home out of Munich, Germany on July 8.  Note: your return flight should be scheduled out of Munich (not Berlin!).  Your program does not start/end in the same city.   

Spending money: Although all meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.  If you plan to travel on the free weekends, you will also need additional funds to cover travel expenses, meals, and housing when you're away from the group.

riding on the metro

Packing Suggestions and Advice

These suggestions are from past participants:
  • Nail clippers
  • Flashlight
  • Raincoat and rain gear
  • More than one plug adapter
  • Good walking shoes. You will walk a lot!
  • Snacks for the airplane
  • A bottle for water (there are no water fountains)
  • Pack light!  Leave enough space for things you buy in Germany
  • Make a list of things to pack, and check each item off as you pack it. Pack in advance!
  • Read as much of the textbooks as you can before the program starts and make sure you complete all pre-departure assignments
  • Know who is picking you up from the airport (note: you can find pictures of all the faculty on the "Faculty" tab, above)



Course Description Notes
GERM 1101* Introductory German I 4 credit hour course; download the syllabus here: GERM 1101.pdf
GERM 2075* German Civilization  Taught in English; cannot be taken with HIST 2075
GERM 4046 German Film Taught in English; you must have completed 60 hours to take a 4000-level course
HIST 2075* German Civilization Cannot be taken with GERM 2075
HIST 4130 World War II You must have completed 60 hours to take a 4000-level course

mikedoinghomework* can be taken for Gen Ed credit

All students must take two courses while particpating in the program.  All of the courses listed are three credit hours, except for GERM 1101, which is four credit hours.  If you take GERM 1101 as one of your two courses, you will pay tuition and fees for seven credit hours.  

You must meet all prerequisites for the courses you take.  You can find the prerequisites in the LSU Course Catalog.

The goal of the program is to teach students as much as possible about German history and culture.  Language students will be able to learn and practice their German in real-life situations under expert supervision.  History students will become acquainted with specific aspects of German life and culture on many fieldtrips and excursions that are specifically designed and integrated into course content.  


April 17 4:30pm Students' Orientation (160G Hatcher Hall)
April 29 10:00am Parents' Orientation (143 Coates Hall)
June 2 Depart the US
June 3 Arrive at Berlin's Tegel Airport; meet Dr. Leder at the airport for transportation to the hotel
June 4 Intro to Berlin; visit the Reichstag (German Parliament)
June 5 Classes; German Historical Museum; Berlin Underworlds Tour (bring a flashlight!)
June 6 Classes; Bauhaus Archive; tour: Nazi Capital of Germany
June 7 Documentation Center of Resistance to the Nazis, Old National Gallery
June 8 Classes; Russian-German Museum; Potsdamer Platz (optional); film: "The Lives of Others"
June 9 Classes; Berlin Wall Documentation Center; DDR Museum 
June 10 Train to Nuremberg
June 11 Tour of Medieval and Renaissance Nuremberg; Palace of Justice
June 12 Classes
June 13 Day trip to Rothenburg
June 14 Classes
June 15 Day trip to Ansbach
June 16 Free Weekend
June 17 Free Weekend
June 18 Free Weekend
June 19 Classes
June 20 Museum for Industrial Culture; WWII Documentation Center; the Nazi Party Rally Grounds
June 21 Classes
June 22 Tour: the Jewish Community in Nuremberg; film: "M"
June 23 Train to Vienna
June 24 Austrian Military History Museum; Leopold Museum
June 25 Austrian National Library
June 26 Free morning in Vienna; train to Brannenburg
June 27 Day trip to Munich; tour of Munich; BMW Museum and factory tour
June 28 Classes
June 29 Classes
June 30 Hitler's Eagle's Nest
July 1 Free Weekend
July 2 Free Weekend
July 3 Classes; Auer Brewery tour
July 4 Dachau Concentration Camp
July 5 Classes
July 6 Classes; final exams
July 7 Final exams; optional trip to Wendelstein
July 8 Program ends; depart from Brannenburg for home, or travel Europe on your own
Aug 2 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Harald Leder
Program Director

Read an interview with Dr. Leder here
Academic Programs Abroad Harald Leder
Andrea Morshäuser Foreign Languages & Literatures Andrea Morshaeuser

Eligibility & Withdrawal

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

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    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After January 29, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.