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2015 Temple University Summer Intensive German Program in Leipzig


Herder Institut InterDaf at the University of Leipzig

Summer I: June 6- July 4, 2015 

We are pleased to announce the launch of the summer 2015 program updates and application!
If you are interested in an outstanding program in a most beautiful city, learning the German and exploring the heritage and culture while receiving graduation credit, please consider applying by February 15 in the Education Abroad Office of Temple University, 200 Tuttleman Hall.






Goethe Statue                                                                                                Augustusplatz                                                                                            Volkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to 1813 Battle of the Nations)         



PROGRAM This is a four-week program of intensive German language instruction on a level commensurate with the student’s skills from ‘beginner’ to ‘advanced’, which will be taught at the Herder Institute InterDaf of the University of Leipzig in the German state of Saxony. Included will be tours and overnight excursions, as well as intensive instruction leading to four (4) Temple credits. The Herder Institute has over 60 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 Institute 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.


If you wish to take a summer-based intensive language program in German, we recommend our program in 2015 for 4 credits. The program includes all levels of proficiency, intensive instruction, excursions, cultural programs, meet and greets with German students, and tours of Old University City. Leipzig is the City of Bach, Goethe & Schiller, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Handel, Grieg, and many others! Spend your summer speaking German in Leipzig!


COURSES During the first week of the program students will participate in an orientation that will familiarize them with the university and the city. The orientation will also include an excursion to Dresden. The following three weeks will consist of intensive language study and excursions outside of the city. Students will take placement tests upon arrival and will then enroll in the appropriate level of German. Beginning students, who must have at least one semester of German or its equivalent, will enroll in German 1002 for four credits. Intermediate students will enroll in German 1003 or German 2001 for three credits, plus a one-credit Independent Study in German Studies. Students placing at advanced levels may enroll in other advanced German courses: Advanced Composition, or Intensive German, plus a one-credit Independent Study in German Studies.


TOP FACULTY The program coordinator will be Dr. Anthony Waskie, professor of German at Temple University, who will accompany the group and act as advisor, and assist in evaluation and granting of credit. Dr. Waskie is a specialist in German language, culture and Civilization. He has extensive experience teaching German, and studied at the Universities of Marburg & Vienna and Salzburg (Austria). He has lived in Leipzig and taught at the university, and has led the department effort to set up this program. The faculty for the courses will be those assigned by the Herder Institute and the University of Leipzig.


FIELD TRIPS In addition to tours of Leipzig, the program includes an orientation and stay in Berlin. The Herder Institute also organizes optional day trips to the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Weimar, Spreewald, Dresden, and Saxon Switzerland, which are included, or as an option which students may take advantage of at a modest additional cost.


ACCOMMODATION & MEALS Students will live in a single room in a student dormitory. Meals can be taken in the university cafeteria at affordable prices, prepared in the kitchenettes in dorms, or taken in town at restaurants.


COSTS (vary from year to year) PA Resident Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition (4cr) $1500 / $2524 Germany Fee* c. $1200* Germany fee is subject to change The Germany fee includes housing and the orientation in Berlin, as well as the excursions. In addition, students need to budget money for personal expenses including meals; local and personal travel; optional excursions; international airfare, which is estimated at $1600; health insurance; and the International Student Identity Card (currently $22).


SUMMER SESSION I 2015 CALENDAR (Dates are tentative and subject to change)

Arrival in Berlin: Saturday, June 6, 2015 for the Orientation Program

Arrival in Leipzig: June 9, 2015

Classes End: July 3, 2015

Last Night in Residence: Friday, July 3, 2015

Departure July 4, 2015


ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Please see General Summer Information for program eligibility and application requirements that apply to all programs. In addition for the German program, students must have successfully completed one semester of German language at the university level.


Anthony Waskie, Ph.D.
Temple University German Department
513 Anderson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Opera House                                                                                                                 Hauptbahnhof                                                                                             Inside Hauptbahnhof



About Leipzig


Located in the heart of Europe in former East Germany, the city of Leipzig has a population of over 600,000. In the past, Leipzig was a center of trade fairs, the seat of the German Supreme Court, the leading center of libraries, publishing houses and the German book trade, and the hub of European trade. One thing which remains unchanged is Leipzig’s significance as a city of music (Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, etc.), the arts, and above all 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.


Going to Leipzig
By JAMIE TRECKER New York Times [January 8, 2006]

WHY GO NOW Eastern Germany in winter evokes San Francisco in spring. Yes, it can get cold and damp, but don't allow the weather to keep you from this proud and historic Saxon city, which dates from the 1100's. Leipzig - also known as Heldenstadt, or the City of Heroes - was the crucible for revolt against the Communist dictatorship in East Germany, culminating in a nonviolent revolution that forced the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The city has made a spectacular rebound from those grim days. Today, Leipzig boasts striking architecture, with Baroque, modernist and Stalinist- era buildings forming an oddly charming city center that is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and clubs. Leipzig is a host city for this summer's World Cup, which runs from June 9 through July 9. While that means the city is sprucing up for the influx of tourists, with various capital improvements under way, it also means hotel rooms will be scarce during the tournament, and prices will be inflated.

WHERE TO STAY Leipzig has some 11,500 hotel rooms, so finding good, affordable lodging is generally easy. Some of the best places to stay are in the city's center circle (the Zentrum) or abutting the Karl-Liebknecht- Strasse along the south (süd) side of the city. The Zentrum has some beautiful Saxon architecture and remains lively until late - shops tend to close at 8 p.m., except the shops in the railway station mall (with longer hours), and restaurants and clubs stay open as late as 3 a.m. The Süd district is more modern and younger; cafes and boutiques selling everything from purses to yarn line the strip for about 10 blocks. The centrally located Galerie Hotel Leipziger Hof runs between 72 to 117 euros (or $87 to $141, at $1.21 to the euro) a night for a double, double occupancy, with breakfast; Hedwigstrasse 1-3, (49-341) 69740; www.leipziger- It has funky rooms and a Baroque facade. While each room is modern and spartan, local artists contribute artwork - paintings or sculpture - to make each of the 72 rooms unique. The hotel also has a gallery and spa facilities. Just south of the city center sits the Hotel Markgraf, right off the Karl- Liebknecht- Strasse, at Kaemmerstrasse 36, (49-341) 3030 30; www.markgraf- The Markgraf is modern and sleek - this is your classic "European" hotel - with small rooms and platform beds with thin mattresses (though comfortable). With a lot of blond wood, it was reminiscent of a Tokyo hotel - but with a bigger and better bathroom. It also has decent rates: a double is about 75 euros a night, without breakfast. It is a short walk or tram ride into the city center.

WHERE TO EAT Travelers expecting the traditional German fare of brats n' kraut will be pleasantly surprised to find that Leipzig's cuisine - reflecting its Saxon roots - is sophisticated and delicious. Literary fans will want to check out the iconic Auerbachs Keller (Cellar), MÃdler Passage, Grimmaische Strasse 2-4, (49- 341) 216 00, www.auerbachs-, which is one of the settings for Goethe's "Faust." Auerbachs plays off this heritage, with an actor dressed as Mephistopheles appearing on Thursdays around 9:30 p.m. to leap about the tables. Whether or not such theatrics are to your liking, the food is great. Auerbachs is considered one of the city's best restaurants, and specializes in elegantly prepared game such as duck or wild boar, fire roasted, for 12.70 euros. Daily fare runs from 14.90 euros for the excellent smoked duck to 25 euros for roast saddle of lamb. The historic Bavarian Train Station (Bayerischer Bahnhof), on the south side of the city, is being rebuilt, but it remains open for the original (and last surviving) Gose-style brewery. Gose, a light, salted beer dating from A.D. 996, is produced in quantity at the Bayerischer Bahnhof, a brewery, beer garden and restaurant, at Bayerischer Platz 1, (49-341) 12457 60, Here's where you can get traditional German sausages and other specialties like schweinehaxe (pork knuckle) in black beer sauce (9.20 euros). For a light meal and a draught of the unofficial drink of Leipzig - coffee - visit the Coffe Baum, Kleine Fleischergasse 4, (49-341) 961 0060,, which calls itself Europe's second-oldest coffee house. Open since 1696, the CoffeeBaum entertained such luminaries as Wagner, Schumann and Liszt and, according to legend, the Emperor Napoleon. A simple cup of coffee is about 2 euros, with cakes and pastries from 2 to 5 euros.

DURING THE DAY Leipzig is an architectural nirvana. In a stroll through the dense city center (which takes no more than a day), you'll see medieval buildings next to stark modernist boxes, and gorgeous Baroque complexes next to churches dating from the 1100's. Of particular interest are the St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) just north of Grimmaische and Ritterstrasse ( and the Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) nearby. The St. Nicholas Church was built in 1165, rebuilt in the 16th century, but gained modern fame as the meeting place for the large demonstration that swept the Communist government out in 1989. It has a magnificent organ, and is open daily for worship. Donations are gratefully accepted. The Old City Hall dates back to 1557 and is considered the city's finest Renaissance building. Built in an astonishing nine months by Hieronymus Lotter, the city hall faces the main market square. Inside is the city's municipal museum, which can be visited daily during normal business hours, also for a small donation. The St. Thomas Church, or Thomaskirche (, employed Johann Sebastian Bach during the early 1700's to play the organ, and, in his honor, the church plays host to Bach concerts every Saturday night in summer. Winter concerts vary, but the church itself is spectacular - it has a large, white turret and can accommodate some 1,700 worshipers - and is open to the public for worship.

WHAT TO DO AT NIGHT Leipzig was home to a number of influential composers - Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn - and to Germany's first conservatory (today renamed as the Mendelssohn College of Music and Theater). Music is performed virtually every night year round, with top-caliber productions held at the Leipzig Opera House in Augustusplatz ( and at the St. Nicholas Church. The Opera House is also home to the Leipzig Ballet, which stages original and classic performances. In March, the Leipzig Opera and company will perform "The Marriage of Figaro" as well as the "Rocky Horror Picture Show"; the ballet will be continuing its run of "Ballett II." Tickets for productions at the Opera House cost 15 to 65 euros. The Gewandhaus Orchestra, housed just behind the Leipzig Opera House, offers classical concert series year round. It will play host to a Mozart festival from the Jan. 27 to 29. Tickets range widely - from 22 to 70 euros - depending on the event and venue. Information: Clubbing is also huge in Leipzig. The Nachtcafe, at 10 Markgrafenstrasse, (49-341) 2117 708,, is a disco of the old-school variety (think Studio 54), which plays slithery house music and attracts the "it" crowd; as in New York, the cover price seems to vary depending on whom you are with.


WHERE TO SHOP Antique-book hounds should head straight for the St. Nicholas Church - used- and rare-book stores line the streets radiating out from the plaza. Notable is the enormous, marble-columned Leipziger Antiquariat (Ritterstrasse 16), which sells curios from sheet music to elegantly bound books of maps; The MÃdler Passage is the place for German luxury goods makers such as Porsche Design and continental favorites like Mont Blanc and Lacoste. Of note is Bassetti (Grimmaische Strasse 2-4), which sells pillows and fabrics from Italy. Shops along the Passage are expensive. More middle-market goods - from clothing to electronics - can be found in the enormous shopping arcade in the main train station, the Hauptbahnhof. On the first Saturday of the month, there is a large antique and flea market, just opposite platform 24. YES, FREE The linchpin of the Communist rule was the hated Stasi, or secret police, who spied on hundreds of citizens - and one another. For a glimpse of life during this period, visit the Museum of the Stasi, in the former Stasi headquarters in the Runde-Ecke building, Dittriching 24, (49-341) 961 2443; The exhibits are all in German, but English translations are available. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


YOUR FIRST OR 10TH VISIT Take a short, leisurely stroll through the Leipzig Zoo ( The zoo is divided into zones (Africa, Asia, South America, reptiles, a petting garden and "Pongoland"), each with guides and activities. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most months and is easily accessible from tram line 12. Admission is 10 euros; children 6 euros. WIRED There are more than 70 Wi-Fi hot spots around the city; check on JWire ( or the Wireless Node Database Project ( for locations and details.


HOW TO GET THERE Leipzig is approximately two hours south of Berlin by train; the Inter-City Express (ICE) runs every two hours and costs 36 euros for second class and 57 euros for first ( and Leipzig is also accessible by plane from Frankfurt. For information on flights from other European cities, visit home/index.html.


GETTING AROUND A phrase book is essential, though many restaurants and hotels have English speakers on staff or English menus. Leipzig boasts an excellent tram system that reaches just about everywhere in the city. Trams run frequently, and a day ticket, the LeipzigCard, costs 7.90 euros; a family of four can buy a three-day pass for 26 euros.



Old Town Hall Market Square                         Old Town Hall Leipzig                       St. Thomas Church                                                   St. Thomas Church  Bach Statue                      Gewandhaus Concert Hall









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