Intensive German Language


  Program Overview

  About Leipzig



  Field Trips

  Accommodation & Meals



  General Summer Program Information

  Eligibility and Application Procedures

  Application Deadline



This is a four-week program of German language instruction taught at the Herder Institut of the University of Leipzig in Saxony. The program is designed for students who have had at least one semester of German and is best suited for those who are looking for an immersive experience with opportunities for independent exploration of German culture. Included are tours and an orientation period in Berlin, as well as intensive instruction leading to four credits in an appropriate Temple University German course.

The Herder Institut, where students take their course, has more than 50 years of excellence in advancing German language skills, as well as teaching about the culture and civilization of Germany. InterDaF at the University of Leipzig’s Herder Institut is a non-profit association which constitutes the University of Leipzig’s center specializing in German as a foreign language — and continues the proud tradition in this field maintained here for decades.

Auerbachs Keller

Battle of the Nations Monument


Located in the heart of Europe in the former East Germany, the city of Leipzig has a population of nearly 600,000. Leipzig has been a center of international trade fairs; the seat of the Supreme Court; the leading center of libraries, publishing houses and the German book trade; and a hub of European trade. One thing which remains unchanged is Leipzig’s significance as a city of music (Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Schumann and Haendel), the arts, science, and learning. Founded in 1409, its university is the second oldest in Germany. Leipzig’s historic importance is self-evident from its numerous magnificent buildings, now mostly refurbished, which include first-class sights such as the Old Town Hall, the Old Exchange, the old and new exhibition centers, and the Monument to the Battle of Leipzig. Located in a beautiful area of vistas, history and culture, Leipzig is only two hours from Berlin, one hour from Dresden and Weimar, and three hours from Prague.

Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall)


Prior to departure for Germany, students register for one of the following courses, according to the appropriate level. Upon arrival in Germany, students take a placement test to confirm their level and course.


Beginning students, who must have completed one semester of German or its equivalent, enroll in German 1002: Introduction to German II for four credits.


Intermediate students enroll in one of the following courses, plus a one-credit independent study in German studies (German 2011: Immersion in German), for a total of four credits:

  • German 1003: Introduction to German III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 1002, or equivalent.

  • German 2001: Intermediate (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 1003, or equivalent.

  • German 2122: Conversation I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 2001, or equivalent.

  • German 2131: The Contemporary German-Speaking World (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 1003, or equivalent.


Students placing at advanced levels enroll in one of the following courses, plus a one-credit independent study in German studies (German 2011: Immersion in German), for a total of four credits:

  • German 3011: Intensive German in Germany (3 credits)
    For students who have completed all other courses offered at the advanced level.

  • German 3021: Conversation II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 2122, or equivalent.

  • German 3201: Culture and Civilization I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 2122, or equivalent.

  • German 3202: Culture and Civilization II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: German 2122, or equivalent.

Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.




The program director is Dr. Anthony Waskie, assistant professor of German at Temple University. Dr. Waskie is a specialist in German language and literature. He has extensive experience teaching German and studied at the University of Marburg & Salzburg (Austria). As program director, he accompanies the group, acts as advisor, leads group activities and site visits, and assists in the evaluation and granting of credit. The language faculty members are those assigned by the Herder Institut and the University of Leipzig and are well versed in the latest teaching methods.



In addition to tours of Leipzig, the program includes an orientation in Berlin. The Herder Institut also organizes optional day trips to Dresden, Weimar, Spreewald, Saxon Switzerland and Prague, which students may take advantage of at a minimal additional cost.

Reichstag Building, Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie, BerlinMartin Luther statue, Dresden



To take best advantage of the opportunity to improve their German, students are housed with local and/or international students, and not with other program participants, in various university dormitories in Leipzig. Students live in a single room within a suite. Bathrooms and kitchenettes within the suite are shared. Meals can be taken in the university cafeteria, prepared in the kitchenettes in the dorms, or taken in town at restaurants.




Budget Item

Pennsylvania Resident
Billable Item
Undergraduate Tuition
(4 credits)*
Germany Fee**
University Services Fee $77 $77
Required Health Insurance $51 $51
Non-Billable Item
Meals and Personal Expenses
Round-Trip Airfaire














All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.

*Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition ($21 per credit in the summer). “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.

**The Germany Fee includes housing for the duration of the program, orientation activities in Berlin, group travel from Berlin to Leipzig, course materials, and a public transportation pass for transport within Leipzig. Please note that this fee is based on last year’s fee and will be updated.

In addition to the items above, students should budget money for the return from Leipzig to Berlin (if departing from Berlin), personal travel, optional excursions, and any additional personal expenses.

In many cases, federal guidelines limit the types of aid available to students who are taking less than six credits during the summer. It may be possible to apply for other types of aid with less than six credits, such as alternative loans. Students should confirm the rules with their home institutions.



2014 CALENDAR (Summer I)

Dates are tentative and subject to change


Departure June 6
Arrival in Berlin June 7
Program Ends July 5*


*Students who plan their return flights out of Berlin instead of Leipzig may have to find accommodations in Berlin for the night of July 5 and return on July 6; it might not be possible to travel from Leipzig to Berlin in time on July 5 to make a flight.



Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation, passports and visas, scholarships, costs and payment policies, accreditation, and transfer of credits.



Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs.

In addition for the German program, students must have successfully completed one semester of German language at the university level, or the equivalent.






For additional information, please contact Dr. Anthony Waskie; Department of German, French, Italian and Slavic; Temple University; 215-204-5452;;


Education Abroad; 215-204-0720;