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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language for fall (or equiv); 5 for spring (or equiv) highly recommended
Program Type: Columbia Administered Program
Program Advisor:
Meg Booth:
Eligibility - Home School: Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS, Visiting Students - Undergraduate Application Notes: BCGS member students should check with their home schools about internal deadlines and procedures, Full year applicants are given priority
Discipline: Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Program Description:

Overview - Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS)

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies is an academic-year or spring semester program dedicated to helping students improve their German language skills by providing intensive language training, encouraging them to function independently in the German university system, and offering a program that allows them to fully experience German life, customs, and culture.
The academic year program runs from September to July, while the spring semester program runs February to July. There is no fall semester option.
  • High-level German language program
  • Enroll in an intensive German Language and Culture course
  • Live with a German host family for one month
  • Directly enroll in German university courses in a broad range of subject areas
  • Explore the rich historical and cultural resources of Berlin and other German cities
  • Intern with local companies and organizations during the semester break (for academic year students)

Welcome from the Director

Dear Student:

Welcome to the Berlin Consortium for German Studies. You have chosen one of the best schools in the U.S., receiving not only an excellent education but also taking advantage of extracurricular activities and enjoying the personal and academic exchange with congenial fellow students. Why should you leave that inspiring and comfortable American home campus for a semester or even a full academic year?
Let me tell you why. One of the leading universities in Germany, in one of the most exciting and vibrant places, a true cultural hotspot at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe, is waiting for you in order to give you the opportunity of enriching your undergraduate career through the experience of studying abroad.

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin is a once in a lifetime chance to fully immerse yourself in another culture and academic world, and to see life through an entirely different lens. Enroll directly in a German university, live with German hosts for the first month and then move in with other German students or young professionals. You can even consider an internship. Just dive into a life that you would otherwise never have had the opportunity to experience.

No doubt, cultural transitions may also include stressful moments, but you are not alone, there is an extremely well-functioning support system you can always fall back on. The BCGS directors, language instructors, program assistant, and tutors will guide you through the ups and downs of becoming a bi- or even multilingual undergrad with first-rate academic and professional opportunities.

See you in Berlin!

Carmen Müller, Resident Administrative Director

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Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing
Must have completed at least two years of college-level German or the equivalent. It is highly recommended that students applying for the spring semester have at least one additional course beyond the required two years.
Minimum 3.0 average language GPA
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
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The Consortium

The Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) was founded in 1995 by a group of U.S. universities to help students improve their German and to give students the opportunity to enroll in a broad range of German university courses with the support of a structured program. Members of the consortium are:
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University and Barnard College
  • Cornell University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • In association with the University of Notre Dame and Vassar College

The BCGS welcomes qualified students from other institutions to apply.

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During their first semester (fall or spring) students enroll in the following for a minimum of 18 points:
German Discourse and Culture, 6 points
Taken during the orientation period prior to the start of the German semester, this mandatory six-week course combines extensive language study with an introduction to the discourse of German academic culture, both spoken and written, in preparation for successful study in the German university system. Special attention is paid to practical vocabulary for both academic and daily living applications. Satisfactory completion is required as a condition of enrollment in courses at the FU.
Selected topics in German studies, 4 points
The Academic Director determines the topic of this course every year, based on his or her own academic interests and background. The course takes advantage of Berlin and its resources to inform the coursework. Past topics have covered history, art history, literature, theater, and cinema. During the spring term, a course on German-American relations is offered by the Resident Administrative Director.
Supervised study in the German university system, minimum of 8 points
Direct enrollment into at least two courses in the German university system. Based on the results of a placement exam taken at the end of the practicum, BCGS staff assist students in finding appropriate courses for their language level and academic interests.
For a second semester in Berlin, students continuing from the fall enroll in the following:

Four courses for a total of 16 points, minimum of 3 Supervised study in the German university system courses (4 points each)
Please note:
Your course schedule is subject to the approval of the BCGS Academic Director.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)  

  • German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  • German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  • German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III

Fall semester 2016
The Berlin Wall Divided Stories in Literature and Film

Spring semester 2017
What is Enlightenment
German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)

  •     German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  •     German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  •     German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III

Fall 2015 Semester Courses (required of all incoming students)

  •     BCGS: German Studies I3993: Too Much to See? Literary Culture and the New Vision in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933
  •     German Studies I3991: Studies in the German university system

Spring 2016 Semester Courses (German l3600 or l3994 required of all incoming spring students)

  •     German Studies I3600: U.S. Perceptions of Germany and the Germans from Bismarck to Hitler
  •     BCGS: German Studies I3994: Berlin Stories: History, Storytelling, and Urban Life
  •     German Studies I3992: Studies in the German university system

To download complete course descriptions, please click on: BCGS: Courses 2015-16
For a complete listing of courses for the 2013-14 year, please click on: BCGS: Courses 2014-15
Freie Universität Subject Areas
FU Course Catalog
The Freie Universität Berlin offers courses in the following subject areas:
Anthropology and Archaeology of the Americas                Indian Art History
Ancient Near Eastern Studies                                            Indian Languages and Literature
Social Anthropology                                                           Iranian Studies
Arabic Studies                                                                    Islamic Studies
Archaeology                                                                       Japanese Studies
Art History                                                                          Jewish Studies
Biochemistry                                                                      Latin
Biology                                                                               Latin American Languages and Literature
Byzantine Studies                                                              Law
Chemistry                                                                          Mathematics
Chinese Studies                                                                Media and Communication Studies
Comparative Religions                                                      Meteorology
Computer Science                                                             Mineralogy
Dentistry                                                                            Musicology
Dutch Language and Literature                                         North American Studies
Eastern European Studies                                                Pharmacy
Economics                                                                        Philosophy
Educational Science                                                         Physics
Egyptology                                                                        Political Science
English Language and Literature                                      Primary School Education
French Studies                                                                  Psychology
General and Comparative Literature                                 Romance Languages and Literature
Geography                                                                        Semitic Studies
Geology-Paleontology                                                      Slavic Languages and Literature
Geophysics                                                                       Sociology
German Language and Literature                                    Theater Studies
Greek                                                                               Theology
Historical and Comp. Indo-European Linguistics             Turkic Studies

Academic Calendar

 Fall 2016
Last day to arrive in Berlin                             September 3
Required orientation             September 3 to September 5
Guest stay begins                                          September 4
Language placement test                              September 6
German Discourse and Culture begins         September 7
Guest stay ends                                           September 30
German Discourse and Culture ends               October 14
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes begin            October 17
Final selection of classes                              November 14
Holiday (no classes)       December 19 to January 2, 2017
Classes resume                                        January 3, 2017
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes end    February 18, 2017
Final papers and coursework due               March 2, 2017
Spring 2017
Last day to arrive in Berlin                                     March 4
Required orientation                                       March 4 to 6
Guest stay begins                                                  March 5
Language placement test                                      March 7
German Discourse and Culture begins                 March 8
Guest stay ends                                                   March 31
German Discourse and Culture ends                     April 13
Holiday (no classes)                                      April 14 to 17
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes begin                  April 18
Holiday (no classes)                                                 May 1
Final selection of classes                                         May 9
Holiday (no classes)                                               May 25
Freie Universitaet Berlin classes end                     July 22
Final papers and coursework due                          July 28

Host Institution

Freie Universitat
Berlin's largest university, the Freie Universität Berlin was established in 1948 under its founding motto, "Truth, Justice, Freedom." Some 33,000 students including more than 6,000 international students make up its student body. This traditional university offers over 150 different programs of study
Primarily located in Dahlem, the campus includes offices and classrooms housed in villas, some large lecture halls, parks, and wooded areas. In addition to many research institutes, the FU Berlin also has a large library system, computer facilities, a center for recreational sports, and a wide array of student organizations. Like most European universities, it is not a residential university, and its student body commutes to the campus from all over greater Berlin.
The FU Berlin has cultivated over 105 university-level international partnerships plus a variety of cooperative agreements at the departmental and institute levels and its faculty regularly participate in overseas conferences and teaching and research visits.
The BCGS facility is located on the main FU campus in Dahlem and functions as a home base for program participants. The building houses administrative offices for the BCGS staff; a small library of books, magazines, and newspapers; classroom space where students convene for the Selected Topics courses; and limited computer facilities where students may check e-mail and W-LAN access for their own laptops.
For an introduction to the FU in English, as well as links to topics like "Studies and Teaching" and "Academia and Practice", please click on the following link:

Faculty & Staff

Resident Administrative Director:
Program operations are managed by the Resident Administrative Director who conducts orientation, organizes program activities, and is available to assist students with academic and cultural adjustments. 

Carmen Müller has been the Resident Administrative Director since the program's inception. A native of the Southwest of Germany, she moved to Berlin in 1988 and experienced the fall of the wall and its aftermath first-hand. Dr. Müller received her Doctor of Philosophy from the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin and is a historian specializing in 19th- and 20th- century European and German history, German-American relations, and methodology. Dr. Müller also teaches a course during the spring semester and loves the vibrant life of Berlin.
Assistant Administrative Director: Nikolaj Blocksdorf
Academic Director:
On a rotating basis each academic year, the BCGS member institutions send a faculty member to Berlin as Academic Director to oversee the academic program and teach courses on selected topics in German Studies.
The Academic Director for 2016-2017 is Andrea Krauss (Johns Hopkins University). Professor Krauss received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin in 2001 and her venia legendi (habilitation) from the University of Zurich in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, she taught German literature at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Erfurt, and the University of Zurich. Professor Krauss's research and teaching focus on the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics. In addition, she has been working extensively on literary theory and methodology.
Her books include Zerbrechende Tradierung. Zu Kontexten des Schauspiels "IchundIch" von Else Lasker-Schüler (Passagen 2002) and Lenz unter anderem. Aspekte einer Theorie der Konstellation (diaphanes 2011). She edited the special issue Constellations of the MLN (2011) and has published numerous articles on literature of the 18th and 20th centuries (e.g., on Lessing, Lenz, Goethe, Eichendorff, Nelly Sachs, Celan, and Sebald). Her current book project explores the relation between literature and hermeneutics around 1800.
The Academic Director for 2015-16 was Patrizia McBride (Cornell University). Professor McBride’s teaching and research lie primarily in twentieth-century German literature and culture and aesthetic theory since the eighteenth century. Her interests include the relationship between literature, philosophy, and political theory, modernism and avant-garde studies, visual culture, and Austrian literature and culture, especially turn-of-the-century Vienna. She has completed a book on Robert Musil's contribution to modern ethics and aesthetics in which she recovers his debt to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and is the author of articles on Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Schwitters, Walther Rathenau, Hermann Broch, Adolf Loos, Jörg Haider, and J.M.R. Lenz. Her current book project focuses on the impact of montage practices on the visual and literary media of Weimar Germany.
The Academic Director for 2014-15 was Mark Anderson (Columbia University). The author of several books on Kafka (Kafka's Clothes, Reading Kafka), and the editor and translator of contemporary Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Prof. Anderson specializes in German modernism, contemporary Austrian literature and the theory and practice of translation. In addition, he regularly offers courses on modern German-Jewish culture from 1750 to the present, on opera and the idea of music in German culture, and on German exile during the Nazi period. In comparative literature he has taught courses on "Problems of the Gothic," "The Materiality of the Book in Western Culture," and "Jewish Identity in Modern European Culture." Professor Anderson is the founder and first director of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies.
Previous academic directors have included: 

2013-2014: Marc Domingo Gygax, Princeton University
2012-2013: Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago
2011-12: Simon Richter, University of Pennsylvania
2010-11: Arthur Groos, Cornell University
2009-10: Katrin Pahl, The Johns Hopkins University
2008-09: Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania
2007-08: Volker Berghahn, Columbia University
2006-07: Tom Leisten, Princeton University
2005-06: David Levin, University of Chicago
Director of the Language Program:
Detlef Otto studied Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Social Sciences in Darmstadt and at the Freie Universität Berlin; he holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy. He has taught German as a Foreign Language since 1988. After having worked as a lecturer of the DAAD at the Università degli studi di Bologna / Italy from 1994-97, he went through an intensive training course at the Goethe Institut Berlin for language instructors. Since 1999, he is teaching intensive courses at the Goethe Institute. Since 2003, he has also worked in the field of teacher training.  In the fall 1999, he started his work as Language Director for the BCGS. 
Writing Consultants:
The BCGS has several writing consultants who will be available to assist the students during the German Discourse and Culture course and throughout the regular university semester until the BCGS's final deadline for turning in all assignments. The consultants support the students in their academic work, especially in the preparation of oral presentations and written assignments.

Internships, Trips, & Activities

Students who are motivated to apply their German in a professional setting and gain experience in a particular field can apply for an internship. The BCGS staff provides assistance in finding internships, but students must be proactive in pursuing and securing placement with their chosen organization. Past internships have included:

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) (foreign policy think tank)
  • Rotes Kreuz (Red Cross, accounting division)
  • Deutscher Bundestag (German parliament)
  • Mayor's office (Division for Protocol and International Affairs)
  • Plan B Communication (public relations and marketing firm)
  • Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung (Berlin government office for urban planning)
  • Komische Oper (Opera House)Benjamin Franklin Krankenhaus (FU hospital)

Trips & Excursions
The program organizes a series of excursions and cultural activities in and around Berlin, which is integrated into the academic program. These trips are intended to provide an insider's look into Berlin and Germany, and they often provide access to people and places students might not otherwise have.
Cultural Programs and Field Trips
During the first six weeks of the program, a trip is organized on a weekly basis. Examples of past activities include:

  • Guided tours through Berlin districts such as Kreuzberg, Mitte, and Prenzlauer Berg and museums such as Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie, Gemäldegalerie, Deutsches Historisches Museum, and Jüdisches Museum
  • Performances at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at theatres and off-theatres such as Berliner Ensemble, Volksbühne Berlin, and Heimathafen Neukölln
  • Visits at Berlin and federal institutions such as Bundeskanzleramt and Deutscher Bundestag, including a political discussion with a politician or administrative representative, attendance at a plenary session, and a tour of the dome
  • Day trips to Dessau (Bauhaus), Potsdam (castles such as Sanssouci and Cecilienhof), and Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Study Trips
Each semester, students participate in three- or four-day study trips. Past destinations have included Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and Weimar. During these trips, students participate in guided visits to places of historical or cultural interest, listen to program-exclusive lectures, and usually have an afternoon free to explore on their own.

Grade Reports and Transcripts

IMPORTANT: Many times grades are not received from your FU professor(s) until late April if you studied in Berlin for the fall semester and late October for the spring semester. If you are a Columbia/Barnard, Princeton or Visiting Student, your grades are entered as received and you are automatically notified at your Columbia email address. For consortium member schools, once we have received all of your grades, a grade report will be forwarded to your home school and they will enter the grades on your home school transcript. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you need to have grades posted earlier, please talk to your university professors about submitting grades to the BCGS office as early as possible.

The BCGS does not issue transcripts. BCGS will provide the Office of Global Programs with course registrations and grade reports for each student. The Office of Global Programs will forward that information as described below.
  • Students attending the BCGS from Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame and Vassar College, remain registered at and receive academic credit from your home school for work completed successfully, based on course information and grade reports supplied to those universities by the Office of Global Programs.
  • Students attending the BCGS from Columbia, Barnard, Princeton and Visiting Students will have their grades added directly to their Columbia or Barnard record. Princeton and Visiting students will receive a Columbia transcript for their work.
  • Princeton and Visiting Students: YOU MUST REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT YOURSELF FROM THE COLUMBIA REGISTRAR. Once your grades are posted, you will receive a notification at your Columbia email address. You can then request a transcript by following instructions in the General Handbook.

There are no fees for additional transcripts.


Upon arrival in Berlin, BCGS students stay together in a youth hostel for orientation weekend.
Guest Stay
During the first month of the program, students live with German hosts. The guest stay is an invaluable opportunity for students, providing a window into the daily rhythms and customs of Berliners.
Shared Apartments or Dorms

After the homestay, students move into FU-arranged dorms or they will have independently found an apartment share for the rest of their stay in Berlin. While apartment hunting can be challenging, most BCGS students choose to find their own shares because doing so provides another opportunity to improve their language skills, benefit from cultural exchange with their German roommates, and explore a different neighborhood.
 Since the city's reunification in 1990, Berlin has been characterized by change and invention. The dichotomy between old and new found throughout the city provides a constant reminder of Berlin's complex history. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Berlin emerged as the cultural and economic capital city of Germany, alive with a sense of transformation and progress. A vibrant nightlife, exciting art scene, and myriad cultural venues contribute to Berlin's status as one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centers.
For students, Berlin offers countless opportunities to absorb the lessons of the city and its inhabitants. Visits to museums, galleries, cultural and political institutions, and historic sites and landmarks all contribute to providing a deeper understanding of Germany's past and its current role in the European Union and global affairs.


Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustees approval and may change.
Tuition: Fall 2016 or Spring 2017

  • BCGS member students pay tuition and fees to their home institutions. Financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, may be applied to study overseas.
  • Visiting students pay tuition to Columbia University. Visiting students should consult with their home institutions to see whether their financial aid is transferable to the BCGS program.

BCGS member students               Home-school tuition rate
Visiting students                            $17,400
Transcript fee for students receiving a Columbia transcript*        $105
* One time fee for Visiting Students only             
Fees: Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
The list below is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student's account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as application fees, may be required but are not listed here.
Program Fee*               $550
Withdrawal Fee**           $75* Estimated. Fee varies each term based on exchange rate and cost of living in Berlin. This fee covers orientation and living with a host family for one month. Students participating in the yearlong program only pay the fee their first semester.
** Required of any student who withdraws from the program once registered.

Estimated Expenses
The estimated expenses below are NOT paid to the program. The estimated figures below are provided as a basis for students to determine their individual budgets.
Round trip airfare NYC-Berlin      $1100
* Please note that all students must have health insurance which covers them overseas.

Monthly Expenses
Housing                $550
Meals                   $350
Miscellaneous (including phone, local transportation, personal expenses)            $550
Total                   $1450

Financial Aid and Other Funding
If you are on financial aid, check to see if it can be applied to your study abroad.
DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
Terms of award: Scholarships may be granted for a minimum of 4 (one semester) and a maximum of 10 months (one academic year). Recipients will be awarded a monthly stipend of approximately € 615, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses as well as health insurance.
Application Deadline: January for following year
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and is administered by the Institute of International Education. These grants to study abroad provide assistance to undergraduates who are current recipients of federal student financial aid and Pell grant eligible.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards scholarships to American undergraduates for study in regions and languages deemed critical to U.S. national security. The scholarships provides a maximum of $10,000 per semester or $20,000 per academic year. 

Other resources:
Withdrawal Policy
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
A student in good academic standing who is not subject to discipline may be permitted to withdraw at any time. Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one's entire program in a given term as opposed to dropping a portion of one's program.
Any student withdrawing must notify the Resident Director in Berlin in writing; failure to attend classes or notification to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses. Any adjustment of the tuition that the student has paid is calculated from the date on which the Resident Director receives the student's written notification.
Only tuition is refunded. Fees (application, transcript, housing, etc.) are never refunded, either in full or in part. All students who withdraw will be charged a $75.00 withdrawal fee.
Withdrawal Adjustment Schedule

All students who withdraw will be charged a withdrawal fee. In addition, a percentage of the tuition will be refunded as follows.
BCGS member students should consult with their home schools regarding their policies.
Withdrawals processed will be refunded
1st week              100%
2nd week            90%
3rd week             80%
4th week             80%
5th week             70%
6th week             60%
7th week             60%
8th week             50%
9th week             40%
after 9th week  0%

Student Experiences

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Student Blogs
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Student Comments
This is a fabulous program that allows you to be very independent yet provides a strong support network through BCGS. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in being immersed in the German language and German culture.
My host family exceeded my expectations; we became very close and stayed in touch throughout the year.  I am grateful for their friendship and support.  My apartment situation improved my language, my cooking, and I gained life long friends.
When I first came my German definitely felt rusty and frustrating. By the time I left I had written three research papers, given three in class presentations covering politics, economics and art. I understood everything that was said around me and although I'm still frustrated by the grammar at times, I feel comfortable in Berlin, and very comfortable speaking German.

It was a much more independent way of working which I really enjoyed and because for us we only took three classes you got to really focus on your readings and your work. Students were on average older than here and it was a much more relaxed atmosphere. Although everyone took their classes seriously, there wasn't the idea of the 'college experience' and in that sense it was an academic culture where students seemed more connected with the world around them and were connected to a 'life outside of college' which was really nice. I didn't have any problems adjusting. It wasn't always easy taking academic subjects in German, but the professors and other students were very friendly if you took the initiative and they are very used to international students on campus.

Contact Information

New York Office
Office of Global Programs
606 Kent Hall
Columbia University
1140 Amsterdam, Mail Code 3948
New York, NY 10027
Fax: 212-854-5164
In the event of an emergency after office hours, please contact Columbia University Emergency at 212-854-5555 or Columbia University Security at 212-854-2796.
If you are unsure about which office to call, contact the New York office first.
Berlin Office
Berlin Consortium for German Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Ehrenbergstraße 26/28
14195 Berlin
Fax: 011-49-30-838-453667
Berlin Consortium Contact Information
Barnard College                             
Associate Dean Study Abroad    Wendy Garay
Language Director                       Irene Motyl
Columbia University                    
Faculty Rep                    Mark Anderson
Language Director          Richard Korb
Study Abroad Advisor    Meg Booth    
Cornell University                            
Faculty Rep                      Anette Schwarz      
Language Director           Gunhild Lischke      
Study Abroad Advisor      Kristen Grace         
Johns Hopkins University                             
Faculty Rep                     Katrin Pahl                
Language Director           Deborah McGee Mifflin
Study Abroad Advisor     Kristin Amos-Abanyie
Princeton University                       
Faculty Rep                     Nikolaus Wegmann
Language Director           Jamie Rankin       
Study Abroad Advisor     Nancy Kanach      
University of Chicago                     
Faculty Rep                       David Levin           
Language Director            Catherine Baumann
Study Abroad Advisor       Lewis Fortner        
University of Pennsylvania                          
Faculty Rep                    Catriona MacLeod 
Language Director           Christina Frei        
Study Abroad Advisor      Joshua Pontrelli   
Vassar College                   
Faculty Rep                    Silke von der Emde
Faculty Rep                    Jeffrey Schneider  
Study Abroad Advisor    Tracey Holland      
University of Notre Dame                            
Faculty Rep                      Robert Norton                   
Language Director            Denise DellaRosa             
Study Abroad Advisor      Hannelore Weber (German)
Study Abroad Advisor      David Younger (OIS)        


Applications for Spring are due in early October. Applications for the Academic Year are due in mid-March.

Please note that BCGS member schools may have additional application procedures as well as earlier application deadlines so remember to check wtih your home school study abroad office. See Contact Information for your home school contacts.

The online application includes the following: 

  • Application

  • Official Transcript

  • German Writing Sample and Language Test

  • Language Recommendation

  • Academic Recommendation

  • Study Abroad Approval Form

  • Application Fee, if applicable

Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016
10/31/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 04/01/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/31/2017 TBA TBA

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