Discover Where German Can Take You

Master one of the major languages of the world and the most widely spoken native language in Europe. Learn to appreciate how the vast cultural heritage of the German-speaking countries will enhance the understanding of your own culture. Enjoy the congenial atmosphere of a close-knit academic program guided by highly qualified and motivated faculty. German Studies at Hillsdale College afford students the opportunity to study in Germany through its Würzburg Summer Language and Culture Program and an Exchange Program with Saarland University. A degree in German is well suited for students interested in international business, diplomacy, the sciences, philosophy, religion and politics. German is offered as both a major and minor degree.

Study Abroad

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

The German Department offers students opportunities to study abroad in two of its own programs: the Exchange Program with Saarland University and the Würzburg Intensive Summer Program.

Saarland Exchange Program

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Hillsdale’s Exchange Program with Saarland University enables students to study at an internationally focused, reputable university for an immersive academic experience with German language and culture.

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Summer Study at Würzburg

Historic city of Wurzburg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

Hillsdale’s Würzburg Intensive Summer Program affords intermediate and advanced German students the opportunity to live and study for an entire month in one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful university towns known for its rich history and southern German charm.

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German Scholarships

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The German Department offers several scholarships for study at Hillsdale or abroad.

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Delta Phi Alpha

Delta Phi Alpha Induction

The national German honorary, Delta Phi Alpha, recognizes excellence in the study of German.

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