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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dresden, Germany; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Freiberg, Germany; Goerlitz, Germany; Meissen, Germany; Moritzburg, Germany; Pirna, Germany; Weimar, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, International Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 8W2 Eight Week Session 2 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Cultures and Ideas, GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies)
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: German Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
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Program Dresden summer tab 1

This is an eight-week, intensive language and culture program offered at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).

Students who travel on this program will
  • experience a unique opportunity to cultivate language skills in an immersion environment
  • study the recent history of Dresden and Saxony with particular regard for cultural narratives
  • explore the rich cultural tradition of contemporary Germany in one of Columbus' sister cities
In addition to classroom instruction offered by Ohio State German instructors and guest lecturers, students will participate in group field trips and have ample opportunities to explore on their own. 

Interested students can learn more by visiting the program's blog.


As the capital of Saxony, Dresden rests on the Elbe River about 80 kilometers northwest of the Czech Republic border and about 180 kilometers south of Berlin. In February of 1945, much of Dresden was destroyed by Anglo-American bombings that left tens of thousands of Germans dead. The path to recovery and reconstruction over the past 50 years has been arduous and is still ongoing. Now a city of 500,000, Dresden is fast becoming a transportation hub between Eastern and Western Europe. 


Students will be housed in TUD dormitories, which offer common kitchen facilities in which students may prepare meals. Students should plan to bring approximately $1,200 for food. Students can buy lunch for a reasonable price at the student-run cafeteria. Please note that rooms will not be available to move into until the day of arrival.

Resident Directors

Dr. Andy Spencer
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures 

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit Dresden summer tab 2

The Dresden program will offer two language tracks for students. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn nine semester hours of Ohio State credit depending upon the level of instruction. 

Admitted students who have completed 1103 prior departure are required to register for German 2101 (three credits), 2352 (three credits of GE) and 2798 (three credits), for a total of nine credits during the summer session. 

Admitted students who have completed 2101 prior to departure are required to register for 2102 (three credits), 2352 (three credits of GE) and 2798 (three credits), for a total of 9 credits during the summer session. 

All credits taken in Dresden can be used towards the German major or minor.



Application Requirement Dresden summer tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must successfully complete either German 1103 or German 2101 prior to departure, maintain a "B" (or better) in German courses and must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Complete applications will include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor; the preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's German language abilities. An interview might be included as part of the application process. 

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs Dresden summer tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2329 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, in-country transportation, in-country instruction, excursions, and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, meals, or personal expenses. 

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.


Information Sessions Dresden summer tab 5

  • Friday, November 16 from 1:00-2:30 PM in Enarson Classroom Building 160


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Confidence when speaking German . I was lucky that I made friends with some of the German students while bowling the first week. They were extremely helpful with my speaking skills and I got to the point where I was never embarrassed to make a mistake. There were people who still by the end of the trip were not speaking very much German and regretted not working on it. Just try and the people here will be more than happy to help. 
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 06/04/2019 08/02/2019
NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized by Autumn 2018.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.