The German Program
at Bloomsburg University

Jena

Study abroad in Germany!

Study Abroad is the most fulfilling life event a student of German can experience! And we have exchange programs at TWO German universities!

You can afford it!

It costs about the same or even less to study through our exchange programs in Jena and in Trier as it does to study at BU, even with the travel expenses.

  • All financial aid applies, just like being in Bloomsburg.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • All credits transfer.

Read More about Jena

Read More about Trier

Our German Students

Hanna King

Class of 2013

Alumna Hanna King on learning another language: "One of the best choices I ever made was deciding to learn another language. I don't know where I'd be today if I hadn't studied German."

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Hannah King Class of 2013

Ashley Gianni-Bradford

Class of 2015

"...the BU program, particularly the study abroad portion, is what made me choose Bloomsburg and I'm very happy that I did. The ability to study abroad and immerse myself in the language and culture I was studying was priceless."

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Ashley Gianni-BradfordClass of 2015

Lynsey Goble

Class of 2015

"The German program at BU was the main reason why I chose Bloomsburg. My double majors in German and Management allowed me to market my international experience and education to employers which ultimately gave me an advantage over other applicants in the post-graduation job market. I would not have been able to enrich both my education and life with study abroad anywhere else but BU. The experiences, quality of education, and people I met while in the German program were priceless."

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Lynsey Goble Class of 2015


The German Major:
Required Courses

A minimum of 33 credit hours are required for the BA and for the BSEd in German, beginning with German 3 (GERMAN 203). Students must receive a minimum grade of C in every course required for the major.

IMPORTANT: Students who complete GERMAN 203 or GERMAN 204 with a grade of "C" or better receive automatic credit for GERMAN 102 at no cost!

  • GERMAN 203 German 3 (3 credits) - Develops the four language skills. Basic grammar reviewed and new grammatical concepts presented. Reading and study of the culture given additional emphasis. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 102 or equivalent. 2 General Education Points for Goal 1: Communication and 1 General Education Point for Goal 7: Arts and Humanities.

  • GERMAN 204 German 4 (3 credits) - Emphasizes culture and communication. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 102 or equivalent. 2 General Education Points for Goal 1: Communication and 1 General Education Point for Goal 7: Arts and Humanities.

  • GERMAN 206 Conversation and Composition I (3 credits) - A comprehensive intermediate German course, which develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in the German language, and which expands knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 203 or equivalent.

  • GERMAN 207 Conversation and Composition II (3 credits) - A continuation of Composition and Conversation I (GERMAN 206), comprehensive intermediate German course, which develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in the German language, and which expands knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Intended to develop German language skills to a level that would allow students to function in a university or professional setting in a German-speaking country. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 203 or the equivalent.

  • One semester of study abroad is required for the German major.
  • Students may, and often do study abroad for two semesters.
  • Students must transfer a minimum of 15 credits of German from one of the exchange programs.
  • Bloomsburg University offers TWO study-abroad opportunities. However, students who study abroad for only one semester must attend the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, because the University of Trier does not offer enough German courses in one semester.
  • Students can earn 1 General Education Point for Goal 10: Citizenship for study abroad.
  • It is possible to take courses in subjects other than German. A few courses are offered in English.
  • See the information above for more information.

GERMAN 390 German Study Abroad I (1-9) - Applies credit for the required study-abroad immersion experience in German. Permission of the academic adviser or chair required.

GERMAN 490 German Study Abroad II (1-9) - Applies credit for the required study-abroad immersion experience in German. Permission of the academic adviser or chair required.

All students with majors in the Department of Languages and Cultures are required to complete two "common-core" courses

  • LANGCULT 200 Comparative Cultural Studies Examines the dynamic processes by which our direct interaction with foreign cultural products -- language, texts, performances and other representation systems -- influence how we, as language learners, see and understand the world and our place in it. LANGCULT 200 presents world culture in its historical contexts through lectures, projects and discussions. LANGCULT 200 is required for all students majoring in Languages and Cultures. There are no prerequisites for LANGCULT 200. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 3 GEPs for Goal 4: Cultures and Diversity.

  • LANGCULT 400 Comparative Language Studies: History and Linguistics Explores language acquisition and linguistic diversity. Topics will include cognitive, historical and cultural aspects of language and linguistics. Prerequisite: LANGCULT 200. Three hours lecture per week.

The German Minor requires 18 credit hours of German:

  • GERMAN 102 (German 2), GERMAN 203 (German 3), GERMAN 204 (German 4), and GERMAN 206 (German Conversation and Composition 1)
  • Six credits of any German courses above GERMAN 206
  • GERMAN 212 (German Culture and Civilization 2) is taught in English and also counts toward the German Minor.
  • Credits for study abroad in Germany also count toward the German Minor.


Contact Information

  • Department of Languages and Cultures
    Bloomsburg University
    400 East Second Street
    Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815
  • +1 570 389 4251
  • lspringm@bloomu.edu
  • Spring 2020
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:
    7:50AM-8:50AM;
    Monday and Wednesday:
    1:00PM -2:00PM