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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy

Study Abroad and Internships

Study Abroad

The department strongly supports Study Abroad as an opportunity for students to put their German to use by living and studying in the German cultural context. The experience of living abroad promotes enduring personal growth, provides new intellectual perspectives through cultural immersion, and opens up academic and professional opportunities.


Berlin Consortium

Students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to consider the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS), of which Cornell is a member. The program is run in conjunction with the Free University of Berlin and is of very high caliber. Six weeks of an intensive German Discourse & Culture course held at the center of the consortium are followed by one or two semesters of study at the university. Participants enroll in regular courses at the university. Academic-year students have been assisted in finding internships between semesters. Prerequisite for participants for a full academic year is four semesters of German language study (GERST 2040 or 2060), and five semesters (one course on the 3000-level) for spring semester only.


Check out these BCGS videos for a closer look at the program:


Students interested in this or other study abroad options in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland should consult the language program director,  Gunhild Lischke (G75 Goldwin Smith Hall, 255-0725) as soon as possible.



The department works with the USA-Intern program to provide summer internships to qualified students with German companies and agencies. Interested students should contact Gunhild Lischke (G75 Goldwin Smith Hall, 255-0725) early in the fall semester.

Other Opportunities with German Language Skills