As one of Valpo's oldest study abroad programs, the Study Center in Reutlingen, Germany offers a well-established curriculum as well as an on-site Resident Director who teaches some program courses and also coordinates group excursions and cultural activities. The learning experience extends far beyond the classroom walls. Approximately two weeks of the program will be devoted to group trips. Past destinations have included Berlin and Munich, as well as extended visits to eastern German cities like Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar, Eisenach, and Wittenberg. The Resident Director also works to include students in local festivals and holiday celebrations.
Germany is a modern country packed with a rich history, long-standing traditions and it plays a critical role in the European economy. With world-class public transportation, exploring Germany and Europe is easy and affordable.
Reutlingen is a town of about 95,000 located in southwest Germany near Stuttgart. It is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura - both areas of geographic interest and beauty. The town's center boasts remnants of a city wall and medieval fortifications. Students can walk through lovely residential areas and a park on their way from campus to downtown (about a 20-minute walk) or take the bus. There, they will find many restaurants, shops, cafes and more.
Students are housed in modern dormitories on the campus of the Hochschule. Each floor has a shared kitchen which provides the opportunity to make friends with German and international students from around the world at Reutlingen University. Classes are held within easy walking distance of the dormitories.
Courses taken at this Study Center are considered to be VU courses. Coursework is intentionally designed to fulfill general education requirements or to be used as an elective. The Cultural Diversity requirement and Christ College seminar credit would automatically be fulfilled by participating in this program. Once accepted into the program by Valpo study abroad, students will enroll in a placeholder course to indicate that they are studying at the Reutlingen Study Center along with the specific courses that they will be taking. All courses except German language are taught in English.
All participants will take German language courses. Students with no prior German will take German 101 (FLGR 101 - 4 credits). Others should be prepared to take German 204 and may repeat it in Reutlingen if they have already taken it (FLGR 204 - 4 credits).
Students may then choose to take any or all of the following:
All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. The German Department Professors are also able to help with course planning and information. Any course equivalencies must also be approved by the corresponding department head (i.e. History Department would approve a course taken abroad to count for a history course or specific degree requirement at Valpo).
- International Trade: Aussenwirtschaft - ECON 290 - 3 credits - fulfills Social Science requirement
- Luther and Bach - COMM 390/CC 300//HIST 390/THEO 329 - 3 credits - fulfills Upper Level Theology requirement
- World Cinema: German Cinema and Society - COMM 291/CC 300/Sociology 290 - Fulfills Humanities Fine Arts Requirement, or Social Science requirement or CC Seminar
- Business or Engineering courses through Reutlingen University - see your program advisor for more details
Program dates for Spring 2018 are similar to dates at Valpo. The semester will run from early January to mid-May. Please note participants should plan to arrive in early January. For some students choosing to take courses at the university, or continue on with an internship, they may stay later into the summer.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
No previous German language is required and students do not need to be a German major or minor to study in Reutlingen! Applicants must have at least sophomore standing. Graduate students interested in studying in Reutlingen should consult their advisor and Associate Director of Study Abroad Erin Kunert to discuss details.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 Semester is October 1st.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Out-of Pocket Expenses:
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost.
Students pay one $5,000 program fee which covers accommodation as well as group travel/excursions, activities and some meals. Participants are housed in modern dormitories on the campus in double rooms with other Valpo students. Kitchens are located on each floor of the dormitories and there is also a cafeteria offering affordable meal options.
Tuition, general fee, and program fee will all be posted to Student Accounts any fees would be for a normal semester at Valpo.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. The Study Abroad Office is happy to offer support as necessary including soliciting quotes for flights from a travel agent, and/or connecting students with reputable travel agents. Many students choose to fly together as a group, but some may choose to travel independently for personal travel before or after the program, or prefer to research and book on their own. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their individual spending habits.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Professor Peter Lutze, Professor of Communication
Office: SCH 30
Phone: (219) 464-5339
Contact with questions about academics, courses, etc.
Professor Tim Malchow
Office: ASB 258
Phone: (219) 464-6511
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.