W&M has its very own summer study abroad program in the historic city of Potsdam. Postsdam is 20 miles southwest of Berlin, with frequent and fast access to Berlin with both R[egional]-Bahn and S-Bahn. An historic city and fulcrum of the German Enlightenment, the city of Potsdam now has its own cultural life quite apart from Berlin.
The large town center includes the famous Dutch-Quarter. It has numerous restaurants, cafes, shops and galeries. Nearby is the famous Sans Souci Palace, the summer residence of Frederick the Great. The Neues Palais, which is now the campus of the Universität Potsdam, is where you will take your classes. The Program typically has between 15 and 20 students.
The program is open to students who have completed GRMN 102 or the equivalent. There are essentially three tiers of study:
- if you have completed GRMN 102, you will devote the morning hours to language study. In the afternoon, you will take the course offered by the Program Director (GRMN 290).
- if you have completed 202, you will have advanced intermediate language study in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take an advanced version of the course offered by the PD (GRMN 390). There will be a separate meeting with the PD each instruction day.
- if you have completed 205 or 206, you will either
- attend the 2nd tier language and pronunciation class in the morning, and do the more advanced afternoon course (390) offered by the Resident Director, or,
- for more advanced students, undertake an independent study (GRMN 411), one course at the Universität Potsdam (DaF or Introductory seminar/lecture), and a research project (GRMN 391: Independent Research Abroad).
You will live with a German family during your time in Potsdam. This is an unbeatable opportunity to practice spoken German and and to get a first-hand experience of German life.
You may earn up to 11 credits for the 6.5 week program. Your courses will include intensive language study, a cultural studies course offered by the PD, and options for study at the Universität Potsdam. Before leaving for Germany, you must attend a one-credit orientation course, GRMN 204. This course will explore various cultural and historical aspects of Potsdam, Berlin, and Brandenburg.
Questions and inquiries should be directed to [[vburney, Professor Veronika Burney]], Director of the 2020 Potsdam Summer Study Abroad Program.