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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:


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, as well as course options taught by University of Potsdam faculty and W&M faculty, and an option for independent study/research. Students may earn up to 10 credits on the Potsdam summer program. Grades appear on students’ W&M transcripts and are included in GPA calculations.

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring 2015, which you will be registered for following your acceptance into the program. 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 questions. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for the program participants.

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 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.

The Reves Center advisor for the Potsdam summer program is Sarah Mullen,

Host Institution:
University of Potsdam

W&M Faculty: 
Jennifer Gully
Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Arrival date: June 3, 2015
Departure date:  July 18, 2015

Application ($75): February 2
Deposit ($500): March 6
Final payment:  April 1
Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

All College students in good academic standing.

Mandatory attendance at program
director meeting and recommended attendance at Reves Center pre-departure orientation.
1 credit course Spring '15

Language Requirement:
One year of German language instruction

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. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Courses include:

GRMN 201 for 4 credits

GRMN 202 for 3 credits

GRMN 210 (up to 6 credits)

GRMN 290 Topics in German

GRMN 390 Topics in German

GRMN 391 Independent Study

GRMN 410 Special Topics

Multicultural Berlin (taught by Prof. Gully): The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the many facets of migration to Germany, from political debates and legal frameworks to the social and economic challenges that integration poses, and to the vibrant multicultural scene that has emerged in literature and film and that is apparent in everyday life in Berlin.

Program Costs: 
2015 program fee: $6,525

A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.  Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available.

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