Summer University in Stuttgart, Germany
- Spend 6 weeks in the heart of Europe studying German language and culture.
- Earn 8 hours of academic credit.
- Experience authentic life in Stuttgart by living with a German host family.
- Visit famous German companies such as Porsche, Bosch, and Mercedes-Benz.
- Program includes optional weekend excursions to the Black Forest, Ulm (Albert Einstein's hometown), Heidelberg, the Lake of Constance, and medieval towns and villages near Stuttgart.
Summer University in Stuttgart, Germany is an excellent opportunity for students who have had little or no exposure to German to experience immersion in the German language and culture in the heart of Europe. Students stay with a local host family and experience German life first hand. The program includes multiple excursions around the region including Freiburg and Heidelberg as well as interesting class visits to companies such as Mercedes Benz, Bosch, or Porsche and some of the many galleries and museums in this cultural hub of southwest Germany.
Stuttgart (pop. 600,000) is the capital of the state of Baden – Württemberg in southwest Germany. It is a cultural center with a wealth of theaters and concert halls, a world-famous ballet, and a variety of museums and art galleries. Stuttgart is also one of the most important business and industrial centers of Germany. Many of Germany's renowned companies like Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, and Porsche have headquarters and manufacturing facilities here. In addition, Stuttgart is home to numerous smaller companies and industries as well as a number of large breweries and wineries.
Stuttgart is beautifully located in a lush valley surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. Despite being an industrial and manufacturing center, more than half of the city area is covered in forests, parks, and greenspaces. It is also the only city in Germany where vineyards are located within the urban core. Cafés, pubs, numerous biking trails, gardens, and large pedestrian shopping malls are part of the historic city center that create an engaging and easy going atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind city.
Close to France and Switzerland, Stuttgart is a short train or bus ride from many appealing destinations in Europe. Whether it’s the jaw-dropping Hohenzollern Castle nearby or the dramatic Swiss Alps a quick train ride away, Stuttgart offers ample opportunities for exploring Europe.
Founded in 1829, the University of Stuttgart (Universität Stuttgart) is relatively young in comparison to other German universities. Formerly a technical college, the University today offers a full range of social sciences and humanities, although it is still renowned for its Architecture and Engineering programs. The University has an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students split between its two campuses in Stuttgart. Summer University is organized by the University of Stuttgart’s Department of International Affairs.
Students will be in class Monday-Friday. All participants will participate in a beginning-level German language course (GERM 104) each morning for four hours for 5 KU credits.
In the afternoon, students will spend two hours in one additional course taught in English for an additional 3 KU credits. Each of these courses will include integrated excursions. The selection of courses taught in English typically includes the following pre-approved courses:
- Art History: European Focus (approved as HA 305 at KU)
- Contemporary German History – Stuttgart in the Midst of Germany and Europe (approved as HIST 536 at KU)
- Cross-Cultural Communication (approved as COMS 246 at KU)
- International Business (approved as IBUS 400 at KU)
Stuttgart typically offers additional courses that vary from summer to summer; these courses can be taken with KU departmental approval.
Students will earn a total of 8 KU credits upon completion of the program.
Note: An intermediate level German course is also available. Students that have already taken a university-level German language class should contact the Office of Study Abroad Program Coordinator for credit information.
Students live with German host families (or a single person household) for an authentic cultural experience. Host families are pre-screened and represent a cross-section of the German population. Host family accommodations are located throughout the Stuttgart metropolitan area. Students will fill out a housing questionnaire after acceptance to the program in order to assist with matching to an appropriate host family.
Host families provide breakfast during the week. All other meals are on your own, although many host families will invite you to dinner with the family as well. Low cost lunches are available in the university cafeteria during the week.
A number of additional Saturday excursions are also offered to places such as Tübingen, Heidelberg, Ulm, the Black Forest, the Lake of Constance, as well as medieval towns and villages that surround Stuttgart. Saturday excursions include transportation, entrance fees, guided tours, and lunch. A nominal additional registration fee is required.
Open to KU students from all majors with a minimum 2.75 GPA and sophomore standing.
This program is intended for students with no previous German language experience and is not recommended for German majors or minors.