Study Abroad Opportunity: Germany

Study Abroad Opportunity--Germany

Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
The Immigrant and Refugee Experience 
Spring Semester
Padnos International Center Flyer (PDF)

Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. There is no other more pressing issue in the 21st century than that of forced human migration and displacement. In the last 5 years millions of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers have had to migrate from war, political repression, or natural disaster to find safe haven outside of their country of origin. GVSU students can participate in a full semester, faculty-led program to work with refugee youth in Germany. Courses will be held on GVSU’s campus (4 weeks) and then in Germany (7 weeks) at the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd. During the time in Germany, students will engage in field placements and teach English in a community center for refugee youth and in public schools with high (90%) concentrations of immigrant children.

Courses Offered  
Students will register for a total of 15 credits:
ENG 304: International Literature for Children and Young Adults (3 credits)
ENG 365: Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)
ENG 400: Issues in Language Arts Teaching (3 credits)
ENG 380: Refugee Literature (3 credits)
ENG 469: ESL Teaching Practicum (3 credits)

Dates and Deadlines
This program will tentatively take place during the Fall semester. Applications are due in early February. 

Students will stay on GVSU campus for four weeks, and then stay seven weeks in residents halls in Germany (Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd).

This study abroad is open to all English majors. 2.75 GPA required.  Non-GVSU students are eligible and may visit this website for details 


Program Fee:  $4,490.

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids 
  • Accommodation 
  • Most meals 
  • Field trips 
  • Local transportation

Other Expenses 

  • GVSU tuition (15 credits): $6,072 
  • Personal expenses ($300) 
  • Passport fees ($140) 
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

Total (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $11,030*

Financial Aid and Grants
Participants earning at least six (6) credits during the spring/summer semesters can apply their GVSU financial aid award toward study abroad program costs. Grants are available for faculty-led participants. All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required.

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU Students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home schools study abroad and financial aid office for details on applying financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017. Non-GVSU student should visit for detailed application instructions. All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.

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