Each year we select one or two German Studies students to spend their junior year at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. By agreement with the university's Akademisches Auslandsamt (Foreign Student Office), one of these students is automatically admitted for the academic year. We also choose one student to receive a small maintenance scholarship (EURO 250 per month for 10 months). The Akademisches Auslandsamt provides this scholarship. You may also apply for additional funds from the Richard Guthrie and the Elsa Diduk Scholarhips.
You will attend regular classes at the university, and thus must possess good fluency in German. The minimum level of qualification for the program is five semesters of college-level German or the equivalent, i.e., German 205, 206 or 208. A 4- to 8-week intensive course at a Goethe-Institut in Germany the summer before the program may also be helpful.
Living and Academic Arrangements
You will live in university dormitories. Typically, you'll get a single room with individual or shared kitchen and lavatory facilities. A room in a dormitory is reserved for one W&M student. There is no on-site director from William & Mary, but assistance is available from three sources:
- The Akademisches Auslandsamt.
- The William & Mary German House tutor, who comes from the University of Münster and returns to that university in the following year.
- The Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft, a group of families and individuals in Münster who have a strong interest in fostering German-American relations and thus "adopt" the William & Mary students.