Centre in Germany
Internationalizing College Faculty Through Study Abroad
Milton Reigelman, Director of International Programs
In the last decade, virtually every college and university in the country has added “global citizenship” or “cross-cultural learning” or “international focus” to its mission and strategic plan. To support this new emphasis, faculties and administrators across the country have worked furiously to “internationalize” their curricula in various ways: by setting up programs in Islamic studies or world ecology, by sponsoring faculty travel seminars to foreign places, by requiring students to achieve “competence” in a foreign language and select one course from a list of courses that might include “Japanese film,” “The European Union Today,” “The Latin American Novel,” etc.
Study In Germany, Spring 2018
Centre’s German-immersion program is run by the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and held at the University of Regensburg. The program lasts nearly five months and is fully integrated into the University of Regensburg’s academic and social life. Students arrive on campus a month before regular classes begin in order to immerse themselves, on a quiet and relatively unpopulated campus, in one of several intensive four-week language courses. The appropriate course for each student will be determined through a placement test administered in the first days of the program. Thus, students begin their stay by focusing on language acquisition at an appropriate level in a comfortable setting and with close contacts to university instructors and other international students. This intensive language course also helps students advance their language skills rapidly, with the result that they should feel quite at home in Regensburg and in Germany in a short time.
For more information about the program, visit kiis.org.
The spring 2018 program dates will be announced soon but will most likely begin in early March and conclude in mid-July.
The cost is the same as studying in Danville, with the exception of a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required Travel Clinic that all Centre students going abroad must attend. Regensburg students won’t pay their usual “board” fee to Centre for the semester they’re in Regensburg and instead use this money to cover their food costs in Germany.
In Regensburg, a city of 200,000, students live in university housing.
Application, Deadlines, & Requirements
• Students must have a minimum of nine hours of college-level German or the equivalent and sophomore standing by the start of the program.
• The application process will be discussed during the three campus-wide informational meetings on November 21, November 29, and January 5. Apply online at https://aegis.centre.edu/fmi/webd/#StudyAbroadApp.
• Submit your completed application no later than noon on February 15, 2017.
• Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier’s Office in Horky House by March 15 to hold their spot in the program.
Spend a semester in one of nine countries: