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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
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
  • Study German language and culture in Lawrence's sister city.
  • Experience life with a German host family.
  • Program includes excursions to Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, and the Rhine River valley.
  • KU students are eligible for scholarships up to $4000 with the Krehbiel German Language Summer Institute Scholarship. See Further Reading below for more information.
Program Summary: 

Since its founding over fifty 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 Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, and the Baltic Sea. Overnight excursions to Berlin and the Rhine River valley are also included.


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: 

All students will enroll in the following two courses for a total of 6 KU credits.

  • GERM 201: Intermediate German I (3 cr)
  • GERM 202: Intermediate German II (3 cr)

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.

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. Courses will take place four days per week.


During their stay in Eutin, students will live with local host families.  During overnight excursions, students will stay in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms.

Life Abroad: 

2020 Itinerary

May 24: Depart for Germany

May 25: Arrive in Hamburg and travel to Eutin

May 26 - July 4: 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 (June 12-14): Capital city of Germany. We will spend a weekend experiencing its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, and tangible history.  Read more here.
  • Rhine River Valley Excursion (June 19-22): Koblenz & Rüdesheim. We will spend two nights in the quaint winemaking village of Rüdesheim am Rhein hiking through scenic rolling hills, touring vineyards, and exploring the old town. Then we'll spend one night in Koblenz, a city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers with ancient Roman history. 

July 5: Depart 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:

Emily Wallace
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

Program Faculty: 

Emily Hackmann Wallace received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2016. She studied abroad in Graz, Austria, as an undergraduate student and has traveled to Germany and Austria many times since. During her graduate studies at KU, Emily spent two summers in Eutin, once as an intern at the Berufliche Schule and once as a program assistant and instructor for the Summer Language Institute. She is excited to return to Eutin to lead the program for the third time.

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