Arizona Summer Study in Leipzig

Arizona Summer Study in Leipzig
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Juneearly JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • German
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Total-immersion summer study abroad program in German language and culture for students with only one year of university-level German. Courses are taught at the 200, 300, and 400 levels in German by faculty and instructors from the UA Department of German Studies. Classroom work is integrated with excursions in and around the city of Leipzig. Students live in German dorms.


Tentative 2016 dates: June 2 - July 1

The University of Arizona is proud to announce its Summer Study in Leipzig Program offered in the city of Leipzig. Bursting with fresh confidence and full of vitality, Leipzig is located in the central eastern part of Germany in the Free-State of Saxony. It has a population of about 500,000. The University of Leipzig, one of Germany’s pre-eminent seats of learning, was founded in 1409. Famous students include Leibniz, Lessing, Klopstock, and Goethe. You are invited to become part of the community of 24,000 German and 2000 international students during this summer program of study and travel.


Students of the University of Arizona or any other accredited college in the US or Canada, GPA: 2.5 or higher, completion of a minimum of two semesters of college German or equivalent.

Courses (As Summer One Session)

  • GER 211: Intermediate Intensive German (6 units): Intensive practice of communication skills in German (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), systematic review of German grammar (equivalent to GER 201 and GER 202). Prerequisite: completion of two semesters of German study at college level or the equivalent.
  • GER 392: Directed Research in German Studies (6 units): Daily class meetings, conversation, reading and writing, individual research and group projects on topics in German Studies (art, business, film, history, linguistics, music, politics, and sports). Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of four semesters of German study at college level or the equivalent.
  • GER 492: Directed Research in German Studies (6 units): Same as GER 392, but a more extensive individual research project on a topic in German literature / culture. Prerequisite: GER 392 of a previous Summer Study in Leipzig Program.
Faculty: Peter Ecke, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of German studies and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He has directed the program annually since 2003. His experience and connections in Leipzig, and assistance from two departmental teaching assistants, make this a top UA program.


Johann S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Robert Schumann are three great names closely associated with Leipzig as a city of music. Bach lived and worked in Leipzig as musical director and cantor. The Gewandhaus Orchestra became world famous underMendelssohn-Bartholdy. The Leipzig Opera is the oldest in Germany. Leipzig has also been an important city of trade, books and publishing. The church Nikolaikirche was the starting point and focal point of the Monday demonstrations that were the catalysts for the peaceful revolution and reunification of Germany.

More than a decade after Germany’s re-unification, Leipzig has become again a major center of higher education, research, culture, nightlife and shopping as well as a busy venue for trade fairs and conferences. The lovely old Renaissance and Baroque buildings, churches, historical trading centers, malls with restaurants and cafes, numerous museums and art galleries are now fully restored, providing a stylish paradise for students, shoppers and sightseers. High-class entertainment is assured – attractions for arts-lovers include the Gewandhaus concert hall, the Opera House, the St. Thomas Choir, cabarets, theaters, jazz cellars, the Drallewatsch pub district and the Moritzbastei, Europe’s biggest students’ club (an underground vault with various bars, cafes, and dance floors).


There will be a weekend excursion, two day-trips to other cities in the area, a visit of either the Porsche or BMW factory, a brewery tour (Brauhaus Reudnitz), various visits of museums, and a concert in the Opernhaus or the Gewandhaus. Participants will have two weekends for rest or individual travel. Possible destinations are the cities of Naumburg, Erfurt, and Quedlinburg.


Students will be accommodated in single rooms in student residence halls that house German and international students. All rooms are equipped with Internet connection. (You just need an Ethernet cable to connect your notebook.)

Program fee includes:

- University of Arizona tuition and registration fees for 6 academic units
- Single room accommodation in student residence halls
- Unlimited transportation cost within Leipzig
- Excursions (travel by train or bus, accommodation in youth hostels or budget hotels)
- Group events including visits and entrance fees to museums and performances
- Program administrative costs
- Medical/travel insurance

Not included: transportation to Germany, meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses


​Students make their own travel arrangements from the US to Leipzig. Leipzig is easily accessible by air to the airport Leipzig/Halle or through high-speed trains from Frankfurt (3 hrs), or Berlin (1-2 hrs).

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