German Life, German School, German Media
Location: Esslingen, Germany


Department: Secondary Education and Foundations

Leaders: Bettina Becker ( and Olaf Hoerschelmann (

: Education, Senior Seminar

  Terms/Timeframe: Summer - Online: 5/8/12 - 5/10/12 Overseas: 5/13/12 - 5/30/12

Language: English

  Credits: 3-6

Budget: Cost Breakdown


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
Feburary 4, 2012 (before noon)
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Basics for Faculty-led Programs (step by step from application to realization)


Academic Program

This course focuses on creating an engaging experience with the host country of Germany. Our main focus will be to understand how culture influences how school is done and how this relates to issues of difference and social change. We will participate in various German school settings with direct contact with students, teachers, and administrators. Participants will be involved in some classroom interaction, discussions, and workshops. In addition, participants will have many opportunities to see different historic sites and experience German culture and different German leisure activities (from climbing to festivals).

See Stephanie Deiker's 2011 blog!

Read Tasha Buchmiller's 2011 blog!

"This is an amazing experience! I have learned so much from this trip about both German life and school. I would highly encourage any student interested in Germany or its educational system to go on this trip. Extremely informative and life changing." --Emily Pedziwiatr, Summer 2011 participant


Activities / Itinerary

Itinerary includes:

  • 12 school visits to local schools. Students will interact with students, teachers, and administrators in classes and workshops.
  • 12 sessions of 1 hour each to discuss the experiences during school visits
  • field trip 1: Schloss Liechtenstein (castle guided tour and climbing park) (full day)
  • field trip 2: Schloss Ludwigsburg and Normal School Ludwigsburg (castle guided tour and tour of the normal school) (full day)
  • field trip 3: Lake of Constance - Affenberg and Stone Age village (sightseeing) (all day)
  • field trip 4: Daimler-Benz Museum (1/2 day)
  • field trip 5: Heidelberg (city tour) (full day)
  • field trip 6: Staatsgallerie Stuttgart (1/2 day)


Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 3-6

Below are the choices available for this program:

Course Number: CMN 4030 (CourseID 5013)
Course Number: CMN 4780 (CourseID 5014)
Course Number: CMN 5160 (CourseID 5015)
Course Number: EDF 2555 (CourseID 4827)
Course Number: EDF 2595 (CourseID 4834)
Course Number: EDF 4741 (CourseID 4830)
Course Number: EDF 5550 (CourseID 4829)
Course Number: EIU 4107 (CourseID 4828)
Course Number: EIU 4194G (CourseID 5027)
Course Number: FLG 4400 (CourseID 4835)
Course Number: STG 4000 (CourseID 4831)


The University of Esslingen runs a student hotel (called EcoInn) in downtown Esslingen. Accomodations are modern, as the hotel was built in 2009. Rooms have three beds, and linen service and breakfast are included.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host country. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **