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German Language
Location Kassel, Germany
Dates June, July, and August (rolling 4-week sessions)
Credits Offered 6 CREDITS (CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)
Application Deadline

Students applying for STOCS-March 15                           Other applicants - March 25

Financial Aid

TAP, PELL, STOCS, Max-Kade, student loans

Program Fee

$1,700 (estimate) includes room and most meals, cultural activities, field trips, health insurance. Airfare not included.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application. Balance due April 30. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no personal checks or credit cards).

Program Description
The program takes place at DIALOG-Institut in Kassel. Kassel is a midsized city in the center of Germany where people speak high German. Kassel was the regional capital of the Hesse region for over a thousand years. As such it has some spectacular palaces and parks that are witness to the city's past glory when it was not only the seat of the Counts of Hessen, but later also of the King of Westfalia and then the summer palace of the German emperor.

Kassel played a well-known role in American history since this is the place from where the Hessian soldiers were sent who had to fight on the British side in the War of Independence. Kassel is also the place where the Brothers Grimm lived most of their lives and where they collected their famous fairy tales. Kassel is not an obscure village with an incomprehensible dialect, but the perfect place for learning German.

Since the early fifties Kassel has been home to the largest international exhibition of contemporary art, the documenta, which is held every five years. Kassel is large enough for students to engage in many activities and to meet many different people, but it is small enough to be safe and comfortable. Students are free to move about in the city using the excellent public transportation system. Kassel is also situated in the center of Germany so that any other part of the country can be visited easily. It is recommended that students do any serious traveling before or after the four weeks of the program.

All participants are guaranteed to live in a German home rather than in a dormitory or hotel with other foreigners. In addition to being more comfortable, life with a host family provides insights into German culture and a daily opportunity for language practice that are not easily gained in any other way.

During their stay at DIALOG-Institut, students will be part of a multicultural, international community. Other students come from Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Brazil, etc. There will be other Americans in case students ever feel home-sick, but they will not end up in a little American ghetto. The school offers many activities in the afternoons, ranging from lectures and pronunciation exercises to movies and field trips.

3 credits German language, 3 credits German conversation.

Academic Inquiries
Prof. Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, German Dept.
Phone: 212-772-5068

Administrative Inquiries
Education Abroad Office E1447, Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30pm
Phone: (212) 772-4983
Fax: (212) 772-5005

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