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W&M Summer- Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Sarah Mullen (
 Program Type:
WM Sponsored Summer
 Language of Instruction:
English, German
 Language Requirements:
GRMN 102
 Host Institution:
Universitat Potsdam
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
WM Credit Prerequisites: One-credit course taken at W&M
 Housing Options:
Local Family Homestay
Program Description:

Potsdam Collage

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Potsdam, the capital city of the German state of Brandenburg, is located on the River Havel, southwest of Berlin. Known for being the residence of Prussian kings and German kaisers until 1918, the city also has the largest World Heritage Site in Germany: the palace of Sanssouci. The Potsdam Conference, the post-World War II conference held between the Allies, was held at the Cecilienhof palace, another area attraction. 

Program Description:
The College of William & Mary’s 2014 Potsdam summer program offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in German language and culture. It provides courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced German speakers. Courses for the program will generally meet from Mon-Thurs, with excursions on weekends.

The W&M Potsdam summer program begins with a three day visit to cultural sites in Central Germany.

During their time in Potsdam students live with host families or in shared apartments with German students. Breakfast will be provided.

Course Information:
Students earn up to 10 credits through classes in German language and culture with an independent study/research option for more proficient students. Students will be assigned to the appropriate courses based on their language level. Courses for Summer 2016 include:

  • GRMN 201: Intermediate German I (4 credits)
  • GRMN 202: Intermediate German II (3 credits, completes language requirement in German)
  • GRMN 210: Advanced Grammar Review (3 credits)
  • GRMN 290/390: Topics in German Studies (3 credits)
  • GRMN 391: Independent Study (3 credits)
  • GRMN 410: Special Topics (3 credits)

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Potsdam and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at the Universität Potsdam. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Language Requirement:
One year of German language instruction.

W&M Faculty: 
Bruce Campbell
Associate Professor of German Studies

Arrival date: May 25, 2016
Departure date:  July 9, 2016

Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($500): March 4
Final payment:  April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program fees: 
2016 program fee: $6,575
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

All College students in good academic standing.

Click to view the 2016 Summer Abroad Handbook.
Click to view the Potsdam Handbook 2016.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.