Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad in Heidelberg

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics is pleased to offer an intensive six-week summer study abroad program in Heidelberg, Germany. 

About Heidelberg

Heidelberg is the classic German student city bustling with a wide range of cultural activities such as theater, dance, and music and all types of shops, student pubs and sports facilities. It is located on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany, one of the sunniest and warmest corners of the country. Today, Heidelberg is also known for its sidewalk cafes and for the friendly, relaxed approach to life of the typical Heidelberger. The city holds outdoor concerts and opera productions in the spring and summer and transforms in early December to host the colorful Christmas Markets or “Weihnachtsmarkt.” With more than 140,000 inhabitants, Heidelberg is large enough to have a lively cultural scene and yet small enough to not be overwhelming.

Students will take courses at the American Junior Year (AJY) Study Center located in the center of the Old Town.

Program dates: May 27 - July 5, 2024

Students will earn 18 units (courses at the 200- and 300-level) during this six-week intensive study abroad program. Students will be placed at the appropriate level for their language abilities. All classes are taught exclusively in German. The curriculum is built around co-curricular activities and site visits in Heidelberg and beyond. Students may take an additional three-credit course about contemporary controversies in German culture.

Students are required to have taken a minimum of two semesters of German language to participate in this program.

Total program cost: $7,530

Cost includes: Tuition, room and board with host families, airport pick-up, Heidelburg public transportation pass, health insurance and cultural events and excursions.

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

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.



Students will live with local German families who will provide breakfast and dinner. Students will receive a stipend to eat lunch at Universität Heidelberg's main student cafeteria, located near the AJY Center.


Students are responsible for their airfare to and from Germany. Transit between the airport and the program site in Heidelberg, as well as transport to required excursions, is included in the program fee. Students will also receive a Heidelburg public transportation pass for use throughout the program.