Heidelberg is located on the Neckar River in southwest Germany – one of the sunniest and warmest corners of the country. Heidelberg is known for its sidewalk cafes and student pubs as well as its friendly, relaxed approach to life. Dominated by the massive ruins of the mountainside Heidelberg castle, the city is home to the University of Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university.
University of Heidelberg summer school is held in the International Study Center on the modern campus of the University of Heidelberg. The Center is located near the university pool, student cafeteria, and sports facilities. The heart of the Old Town with museums, shops, restaurants and internet cafés is just a few bus stops away.
All language courses are taught by University of Heidelberg faculty. Students will enroll in one of three German language levels for 6 semester hours of credit. Students also take a German?European Studies Seminar that includes field trips and workshops. Classes meet mornings Monday through Friday.
To see course listings offered on this program, visit the program website.
The course(s) also satisfy(ies) the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.
Things to note about taking courses abroad:
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- A list of courses to be used as a guide for Elon course equivalents from this program is available in the GEC in Carlton 113.
Late May - early July
Students are required to arrive on/by the first day of the program and be in attendance until the final day. Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements and for getting themselves from the airport to the University of Heidelberg. In some cases a shuttle service may be available from the Frankfurt airport.
- Saturday, May 26 – Students arrive in Heidelberg
- Sunday-Monday, May 27-28 – Orientation sessions
- Tuesday, May 29 – Classes begin
- Thursday, June 7 - Excursion to Strasbourg
- Thursday, June 14 to Saturday June 16 – Study trip to Berlin
- Thursday, June 21 – Excursion to the Black Forest
- Friday, July 6 – Last day of classes
- Saturday, July 7 – Depart Heidelberg
The program sponsors numerous excursions to places of historical and cultural interest in southern Germany and neighboring France, which may include:
- Strasbourg, famous for its cathedral and the European Parliament
- Speyer, the resting place for many German Emperors
- Frankfurt, Goethe's birthplace and Germany's financial center
- The Black Forest, where you can hike and visit traditional houses
- Historic Wissembourg, situated at the French-German border
- Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the summer budget sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Students live with German host families in single or double rooms with a shared bathroom. Meals are included in the program cost. Students will usually eat breakfast and an evening meal with their host family and lunch at the university cafeteria.
Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
A successful semester and study abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Additional Information and Links
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Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
German Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in Berlin
U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt