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.
The College of William & Mary’s 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.
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 2017 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 the Spring prior to departure, 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.
One year of German language instruction.