Centre-in-Strasbourg allows students to study European culture, politics and economics while furthering their study of German or French. Strasbourg, with its historical ties to German culture and its importance for the European Union (EU), is located just across the Rhine river from Germany, and homestays in the German city of Kehl have been arranged in the past; recently, we have even arranged German-language homestays in the international city of Strasbourg for our students. Many German Studies students studying in Strasbourg take independent study courses with faculty working on the Danville campus. Recently, many students have completed the independent study “German Traces: Strasbourg and Beyond,” which investigates the German heritage of Strasbourg; the city’s importance for literary figures such as Goethe, Büchner, and Arp; and the surrounding areas: Freiburg and Basel.
Most German Studies students study in Strasbourg while taking advanced courses, usually during their junior year.
German professor Ken Keffer was the inaugural director of the program and has returned to direct it three additional times. German professor Ian Wilson has also directed the program.Centre-in-Strasbourg
2. CentreTerm trips
The CentreTerm offers excellent opportunities for students to learn a great deal about a single topic in a short period of time. There are often international trips offered during the CentreTerm, some of which may be of great interest to students of German Studies.
German Studies courses offered during the CentreTerm are advanced courses, typically in combination with students taking the course (with the help of English translations) as electives (a Humanities course). Prof. Ian Wilson will offer his third CentreTerm trip in 2015, “Introduction to the Cultural History of Central Europe,” which will focus on Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Prof. Ken Keffer recently led his famous “Art of Walking” course in Strasbourg, France and the Black Forest area of Germany.
Though unusual, some German Studies students have undertaken independent study courses involving international travel during the CentreTerm.Dr. Ken Keffer’s Art of Walking CentreTerm Courses Abroad
Recently, Centre College has expanded its summer offerings abroad through a small group of CentreTerm-like courses.
Prof. Ian Wilson offered his first summer course in 2013. A three-week visit to Berlin, Hamburg, Lübeck, and Quedlinburg, German 350: German Cultural Geography focused on how these German cities were organized, how the natural environment shaped them, and how they remember the past. The course allowed four students an intensive and immersed glimpse into German life.Ian Wilson leads first-ever summer abroad trip to Berlin Centre Summer Courses Abroad
4. KIIS Programs
The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) offers many programs during the semester and over the summer, some of which may be just right for your study abroad.
During the spring semester, students may study in the southern German city of Regensburg as part of a KIIS program.
During the summer, there are KIIS programs in Berlin, Germany; Bregenz, Austria; Munich, Germany; and Salzburg, Austria.
Please note: Centre College maintains a consortial relationship with the KIIS that lowers the cost of its programs for Centre College students. However, as they are not Centre courses, a leave of absence from Centre must be taken to study during the spring in Regensburg. (No leave of absence is necessary to study with KIIS programs over the summer.) Centre, federal, and other financial aid cannot be used while participating in KIIS programs. Contact your advisor, the Centre Registrar, the German Studies program, and Centre Study Abroad for more information about the financial implications of study with the KIIS and options for transferring credit.Study Abroad without Centre KIIS website