Expand your German education to beyond the classroom! College of Liberal Arts German students can take part in our summer intensive program and study at the University of Leipzig. You can also take advantage of the upcoming study abroad opportunity in Berlin for Summer 2019! But you don’t have to leave North Philly to get a great German college experience. Back on campus, you can join the Temple University German Society or the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.

Summer Intensive German Program in Leipzig

Study Abroad 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.

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.

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.

Herder Institut InterDaf at the University of Leipzig

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!

Study Abroad in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate The College of Liberal Arts is offering a 6 week program in Berlin, Germany for Summer 2019! Registration will open December 2018 so start planning now!

Berlin is rich in cultural and historical significance while also being a relatively affordable city that can be home base for other European travel destinations. Berlin’s history and culture are unique. As a city reinventing itself as a modern, forward-looking metropolois, it has to also show that it is aware of its past - specifically World War II, and the division of the city by the Berlin Wall. This is a fascinating juxtaposition of the past and a vital present, illustrated by a vibrant youth culture, numerous galleries and museums and one of the world’s great orchestras and concert halls. Berlin finds itself at the political and social center of Europe, and a hun of the discussion surrounding migration and the refugee crisis. It also has one of the best public transport systems to be found anywhere.

Program Details

  • The program will run from May 25 to July 6 2019, based at the Freie Universitat Berlin: International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
  • German Language skills are not required as all courses are taught in English
  • Students earn 6 Temple University credits for this porgram
  • Students will take one course with a faculty member from Temple and choose a second course from classes offered at FUBiS
  • The cost will be regular course tuition plus a course fee to cover other expenses including; housing and transportation in Berlin.

For more information contact Keith Gumery.

Temple University German Society (TUGS)

TUGS TUGS meets on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in 506 Anderson Hall. All are welcome to attend and participate!

Members of the German Society meet together in activities outside the classroom. Events include movie nights, visits to traditional German restaurants, hosting German students, speakers, parades and a variety of other German culture focused programs. Our members also offer peer tutoring, conversation practice and study help to further learning and interest in the German language. This helps students be better prepared for the classroom. The only requirement for membership is a desire to expand one’s knowledge about the German culture and language in a social atmosphere. If you are interested and would like more information, visit us online or email us so that we may update you on upcoming German Society events.

German Delta Phi Alpha

Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society, Gamma Omicron Chapter

Established in 1949 the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man’s eternal search for peace and truth.

Congratulations to Christiana Jackson (CLA ’11) for receiving a prestigious Fulbright Assistantship to teach in a German School. Christina has now completed her Assistantship successfully. Needless to state, we are very proud of all of our stellar products of the German Department at Temple University! Christiana is a previous recipient of the Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society induction; she has been active in our Temple German Society. Well Done!

Membership Requirements

Section 1. Members of chapters shall be chosen from undergraduate and graduate students and/or members of the faculty of the institution where the chapter is located and shall be accredited by their faculty advisors and/or the chairman of the German Department.

Section 2. The list of newly chosen members, together with their national fee, shall be forwarded to the National Secretary-Treasurer. He, in turn, shall order membership certificates to be issued to the new members of a constituent chapter.

Section 3. Qualifications for student membership shall be as follows:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of college or university German or their equivalent with the attainment of sophomore standing and an official registration in an advanced course or its equivalent or corresponding advanced placement.
  • A minimum average standing of B+ or its equivalent in all German courses taken.
  • A minimum of B- or its equivalent in all courses of study at the college and university level.
  • Indication of continued interest in the study of German language and literature.

Cristina Gragnani
537 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-1816

Faculty Advisor:
Patricia Melzer
527 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-7752

Michelle Pugliese
429 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-5628

Stephanie Smith
539 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-1261