We strongly encourage students to participate in an off-campus study program. The German Department organizes a program biannually during spring term in Vienna.

OCS Program: German Studies is Austria

German Studies in Austria offers an immersive language and cultural environment for students of German with courses exploring literature, history, museums, and more. Based in Vienna with excursions around Central Europe, students have the unmatched opportunity to connect literary, artistic, and cultural topics with their geographic, social, and historical contexts. 

In addition to immersive language instruction, students will enjoy special courses on site and excursions in Austria and beyond. Rooms are private. Cooking is also independent.

For more information, visit the Off Campus Studies page for the Vienna Program.

Other off-campus programs

Students’ study-abroad options are not limited to just Carleton programs. Following is a list of programs organized by other schools and organizations for which the Off-Campus Studies Office can provide information. Other programs can be found online. Credits from non-Carleton programs have to be pre-approved by OCS before you go on the program.

Find more programs with Carleton’s OCS Gateway Search Engines!

Summer Schools for German

There are national summer school programs as well that can help you improve your German over the summer, unconnected to credits at Carleton.

  • Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico in Taos Ski Valley: While attending the Deutsche Sommerschule in the picturesque village nestled in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, faculty and students live and work in a German-speaking environment.
  • Deutsche Schule Middlebury: What’s “special” about Middlebury German School is that the students sign a language pledge at the beginning of their 7-week journey into the German language. No matter how proficient you are, you will speak German and only German from the beginning. Scary, but effective!