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
Minimum Language Proficiency (Semesters)
Maximum Language Proficiency
Fall Semester Only
Late August - Mid December
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
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.
taught in English:
POL 160, The Political System of
HIS 227, History of Modern Germany
ARH 230, German Art from the Middle
Ages to Today
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.
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.
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.
Dates: Application: Applications should be received by the beginning of March.
See the application for for exact deadlines.
Accepted Students will be notified at the latest by March 15. Accepted
students owe $500 program deposit within 14 days of acceptance.*
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.
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
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
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