Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad in Germany

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics is pleased to offer an exciting summer study abroad program at the Goethe Institute in Germany. 

The Goethe Institute

With 159 institutes worldwide, the Goethe Institute is a world-class German language school that is largely financed by the German government. Teaching more than 246,000 global learners a year, participants will meet other students from all over the world who come to the Goethe Institute to learn German.

Program dates: Vary (see the Goethe Institut Summer Program 2024 pdf for more information)

Students will receive German language transfer credit. Students are placed at the appropriate level for their language abilities. All classes are taught exclusively in German by a native speaker. At some institutes, classes are held in the afternoon only. Weekends are always free for personal travel or excursions offered by the Institute. 

On the day of arrival at the Goethe Institute, students are tested and placed into the proper class, receive their room assignment, and are given their housing assignments. No classes are held on arrival day.

No previous experience in German is necessary. Students will fill out a self-evaluation of their German skills with their application and take brief written and oral tests upon arrival to determine their level of language proficiency. The Institute teaches German to beginning through very advanced students. 

see the Goethe Institut Summer Program 2024 pdf for more information

Cost includes: Tuition, books, and cultural programs.* 

Not included: Airfare to and from host city, meals and incidental personal expenses.

*Housing options variable according to site.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Our department, along with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers study abroad scholarships for students to study for a semester, full-year, or summer overseas. All LCAL declared majors, and Arabic Studies minors, are guaranteed a departmental scholarship if they are in good academic standing with CMU. Scholarships can be put towards tuition, room and board, airfare and/or book expenses when participating in any accredited study abroad program. Students are encouraged to talk to program director to look for additional scholarships. Learn more about scholarships.

Program Specific Scholarship

Max Kade Scholarships for Study Abroad at the Goethe Institute
Through a generous grant from the Max Kade Foundation, Carnegie Mellon German Studies students can apply for a summer scholarship to study at the Goethe Institute.



Housing varies according to site. Please refer to the Goethe Institut Summer Program 2024 pdf for more information or contact the program director.

In smaller cities, students generally live within walking distance of the school. In larger cities, however, students may live up to an hour from the school by public transportation. Students in the larger cities will need to purchase a pass for public transportation in their city, regardless of where they live relative to the school.