Summer Intensive German Program in Leipzig

Students declaring a major or minor in the department are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Options include semester or year long exchange programs at the universities of Hamburg and Tübingen as well as the summer intensive German program in Leipzig. Courses completed in these programs may be credited toward the German major or minor and in partial satisfaction of the International Studies requirement.

Herder Institut InterDaf at the University of Leipzig

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 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.

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!

Summer Session I: June 2 – July 1, 2016
Application Deadline:
February 15, 2016

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, 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.


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

Dr. Anthony Waskie, professor of German at Temple University and Leipzig program coordinator, will accompany the group and act as an advisor to 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.


PA Resident Undergraduate Tuition (4cr) ~$1500
PA Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition (4cr) ~$2524
Germany Fee ~$1200

The Germany fee includes housing and the orientation in Berlin as well as 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.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

Eligibility and application requirements are listed online through the Office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses.  Please note, students must have successfully completed one semester of German language at the university level. Courses, costs, policies, and programs are subject to change.