PCIC : Pennsylvania Colleges in Cologne, Germany

Washington & Jefferson College in Cologne

a member of the Pennsylvania Colleges in Cologne, Germany (PCIC)






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The Famous Cologne CathedralProgram in Brief for W&J Students:
This fall semester program offers students in any major who have completed at least one year of German the opportunity to experience Germany to the fullest - its people, culture and above all, the native language. Courses are tailored to American students and are designed to take advantage of the Cologne setting. Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city and located on the Rhine River with easy rail connections to every major city in Germany and Europe. Known as the center for broadcast media in Germany, Cologne is also one of the country's most cosmopolitan cities, with large ethnic neighborhoods and international arts festivals. In addition to being a German commercial hub, student life abounds with over 60,000 students at the University of Cologne alone. W&J students will join students from Allegheny College, Gettysburg College, and Lebanon Valley College to take classes in both German and English.

City of Study Language(s) of instruction Term Length Dates Minimum Language Proficiency (Semesters) Maximum Language Proficiency Housing Application Date Fees
Cologne English, German Fall Semester Only Late August - Mid December 2 5 Home Stay Early March W&J Tuition, Room, Board


There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an on-site orientation in Cologne.

Housing and Meals:
Students are housed in private homes with a German family where German is the sole language spoken. Host families provide meals. The informal atmosphere enhances language learning and provides insight into German life and culture.


Courses taught in English:

  • POL 160, The Political System of Germany
  • HIS 227, History of Modern Germany
  • ARH 230, German Art from the Middle Ages to Today  

Courses taught in German

  • GER 211 or 31, Language and Culture I and II
  • GER 280 Special Topics in German Culture: Cologne, 200 Years
  • GER 356 Special Topics in Literature: German Short Fiction


  • W&J fall tuition & fees
  • W&J fall room and board charge

Travel and personal expenses are not included in these fees. Fees subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently matriculated W&J students may use W&J scholarships and all financial aid for this study abroad program.  International, transfer, and tuition remission / exchange students may not be eligible for W&J scholarships or tuition benefits for these programs. (Other exemptions may be added) Contact the W&J business office or office of study abroad for more details on billing and the transferability of scholarships / benefits.

Shopping in Cologne, GermanyEligibility Requirements:
Students can only enroll in the PCIC program for fall semester. Due to the limited number of spaces for this program, students must apply to be accepted for the program. Students from any major who are in good standing (2.5 GPA) who will have sophomore standing and at least completed one year of college-level German by program start may apply. Students should be open to new cultural experiences and willing to live in an immersion environment where German is the sole language of communication. Being a major or minor is not required for admission to this program. Students who have already enrolled in a 400-level course are discouraged from applying. 

Application: Applications should be received by the beginning of March. See the application for for exact deadlines.  

Program Acceptance: Accepted Students will be notified at the latest by March 15. Accepted students owe $500 program deposit within 14 days of acceptance.*

Program Forms: Packet-of-forms is due by April 15.

Program Start. A pre-departure orientation will take place on the W&J campus. The program will commence in Cologne in late August and will end in mid-December.

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited upon student withdrawal from the program.

Language of Instruction:
German and English

Fischmarkt in CologneGroup Excursions:
Field trips to important cultural and historical sites in the region are an integral part of the course work and are carefully planned to take advantage of the rich history and culture of the locale. The exact destinations vary and are determined by the PCIC professor and the AHA site director at the beginning of the program. During the semester, students go on an extended academic excursion to Berlin, Germany's new capital and major cultural center

Semester Break:
During the week of fall-break, students will be able to explore more of Germany or even the continent. Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, for instance, are only day trips away. Train passes for longer trips may be purchased in the US or students may take advantage of local transportation offerings in Cologne.

For an Application to the PCIC program, email Dr. Shaughnessy german @ washjeff . edu

 or see the international programs office in the basement of Burnett