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** Please note this program is not running in Summer 2021.
Potsdam, the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg, is located on the River Havel, twenty-one miles and 35 minutes by public transportation to the center of Berlin (Berlin-Mitte). Through a careful balance of architecture and landscape, Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason. Around the city is a series of interconnected lakes and unique cultural landmarks. Known for being the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors until 1918, the city is home to the largest World Heritage Site in Germany: Sanssouci Palace and Park. The Potsdam Conference, the post-World War II conference held between the Allies, was held at the Cecilienhof Palace, another area attraction. The program is a close collaboration between the Universität Potsdam, housed at the Neues Palais just outside of the city, and W&M.
W&M Potsdam Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad Video
Things to do and See:
Sanssouci Palace and surrounding park grounds are a must see with audio and walking tours available. Filmpark Babelsberg and Filmmuseum are the oldest film studio and museum in the country (https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/the-top-8-things-to-do-and-see-in-potsdam/).
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 students who have one year of German language instruction (GRMN 101-102) as well as intermediate and advanced German speakers. Courses for the program will generally meet from Mon-Thurs, with excursions on Fridays.
The W&M Potsdam summer program features a three-day excursion to beautiful Dresden, the pearl of Saxony.
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 11 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 include:
- GRMN 201: Intermediate German I (4 credits)
- GRMN 202: Intermediate German II (4 credits, completes foreign language requirement [FLP] in German)
- GRMN 210: Advanced Grammar Review (3 credits)
- GRMN 290/390: Topics in German Studies: Berlin als Zeitzeuge des Mauerfalls (3 credits)
- GRMN 310: Advanced Grammar and Stylistics ( 3 credits)
- GRMN 391: Independent Study (1-4 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.
Book List: No textbooks are required for this program.
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. GRMN 101-102 or equivalent
W&M Faculty: Veronika Burney
Program Director and German Lecturer
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Arrival date: May 31, 2021
Departure date: July 17, 2021
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 12
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.
2021 program fee: $8345
Students are responsible for airfare, visa expenses if applicable and some meals.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information please visit here.
- Welcome dinner
- On-Site Orientation
- Berlin ABC public transportation card for the entire length of stay
- Transfer from Berlin Airport Tegel
- Fulfills COLL 300
- Farewell dinner
- Re-entry Programming
- Some excursion admissions tickets
- Some day or weekend excursions
- CISI Insurance
- Housing: Homestay
- On-Site support services
- W&M credits
- Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university to offer reputable and academic rigorous courses
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
- Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click to view the Potsdam Handbook 2020.pdf
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021