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Language Institute in Eutin, Germany

Language Institute in Eutin, Germany
For fifty years students have studied German language and culture at the Summer Language Institute in Eutin, Lawrence's sister city.
Eutin, Germany
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Academic Disciplines: 
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
  • Study German language and culture in Lawrence's sister city.
  • Experience life with a German host family.
  • Program includes excursions to Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, and Lübeck and a two-week tour of Germany with stays in Cologne, Marburg, Nuremberg, and Munich.
  • KU students are eligible for scholarships up to $4000 with the Krehbiel German Language Summer Institute Scholarship. See Further Reading below for more information.
  • New in 2017: The Language Institute in Eutin now awards nine hours of academic credit.
Program Summary: 

Since its founding over forty years ago, the Summer Language Institute in Eutin has been welcoming students of German into Lawrence’s sister city to experience life in Germany from an insider’s perspective. For six weeks students immerse themselves in the language and culture by living with host families in Eutin while receiving KU credit for classes taught on-site by KU faculty. What is learned in the classroom is experienced first-hand as students participate in cultural activities, attend social events, and explore the highlights of Northern Germany through multiple excursions, including Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, and the Baltic Sea. Following the academic program at the institute in Eutin, students embark on a two-week tour of Germany to truly experience the country’s cultural variety. The group will travel to Cologne along the banks of the Rhine River, the storybook city of Marburg, medieval Nuremberg, and the Bavarian capital of Munich.  


Situated midway between Kiel and Lübeck in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, Eutin is a picturesque town with beautiful natural scenery, rich cultural heritage, and special ties to KU and its sister city of Lawrence. With a population of 17,000, Eutin provides our students with a safe and well-rounded environment which is easily navigable by foot, bike, or bus, while still offering numerous cultural, historical, and entertainment venues. Each summer, the town’s open-air stage hosts both a Blues fest as well as an opera festival that includes students from KU’s School of Music. The lakes and forests surrounding Eutin are home to many outdoor activities such as boating, canoeing, swimming, and hiking. Within the city itself, students will find many stores, markets, and sports facilities, in addition to the storied Eutin Castle and gardens.

Academic Information: 

You will enroll in three 3-credit hour classes (GERM 201, GERM 202, and GERM 233) for a total of 9 KU credits.

GERM 201 and GERM 202 are the third and fourth courses in the sequence of KU German courses aimed at developing your knowledge of German language and culture and enhancing your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. Both courses provide a structured language review while also introducing advanced grammar commonly used by native speakers so that you become increasingly proficient at expressing your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on a variety of subjects relating to everyday life. You will not only learn how to interpret different spoken and written genres, you will be creating them yourselves as we connect the topics and texts discussed in the classroom to real-life situations and experiences with German culture.

GERM 233 is a conversation course designed for beginning speakers of German.  You will learn basic techniques and strategies for conversing in German, expand vocabulary and idiomatic usage, and improve accuracy in grammar and pronunciation.  This course is specifically designed to complement GERM 201 and 202 for students participating in the Summer Language Institute in Eutin.

The language of instruction for all classes is German. In addition, you are encouraged to use German as much as possible outside of class, including during group meals, excursions, interactions with host families, etc.


During their stay in Eutin, students will live with host families.  During weekend excursions and the travel portion of the program, students will stay in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms.

Life Abroad: 

2017 Itinerary

May 31: Departure for Germany

June 1: Arrival in Hamburg and travel to Eutin

June 1 - July 14: Study and homestay in Eutin. KU faculty director and assistant will provide classroom instruction and lead the group on numerous cultural excursions in and around Eutin.  Day and overnight weekend trips will include:

  • Hamburg: The "Venice of the North" and one of Europe's biggest seaports.
  • Lübeck: Medieval trading center and UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
  • Kiel: Germany's gateway to the Baltic.
  • Berlin: Capital city of Germany.  We will spend a weekend experiencing its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, and tangible history.  Read more here.

July 14: Depart Eutin for Cologne

July 14-18: Cologne

  • Home to Germany’s most popular attraction, the Kölner Dom.
  • In addition to visiting this magnificent Cologne Cathedral, we will tour Roman ruins, walk along the Rhine River, and visit a chocolate museum.

July 18: Travel to Marburg

July 18-21: Marburg

  • One of Germany's hidden gems
  • Almost untouched by WWII, this university town is the Germany of storybooks with its half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and fairy-tale past.

July 21: Travel to Nuremberg

July 21-24: Nuremberg

  • A city with cultural highs and lows. We will explore both, from the Kaiserburg castle and medieval Old Town, to the Nuremberg Trial courthouse and former Nazi Party Rally Grounds.

July 24: Depart for Munich

July 24-28: Munich

  • The heart of Bavaria. 
  • We will experience the old town and a roof climb at Olympiapark. 
  • Side trips will include the Dachau concentration camp and the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein.

July 28: Depart Munich for US


Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have completed two semesters of college-level German or the equivalent. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Further Reading: 

Krehbiel German Language Summer Institute Scholarship
Fund created with the generous contribution of Carl Krehbiel to provide support for KU students attending the German Summer Language Institute programs in Holzkirchen and Eutin, Germany. Amounts up to $4,000. The scholarship application deadline is March 1. Applications are available online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=KrehbielGermanScholarship

For more information, contact:

Andrea Meyertholen
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
2088 Wescoe Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

Program Faculty: 

Andrea Meyertholen received her Ph.D. in German Literature and Culture from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She has studied abroad in Würzburg and Berlin, interned in Munich, and has traveled extensively throughout German-speaking Europe.  She previously served as student director of study abroad programs in Krefeld, Germany and Graz, Austria, and will be leading the Eutin program for the second consecutive year. 

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