Study Abroad Programs

Summer, Term anf Full Year

Each year, the Department actively encourages interested students to participate in one of several Study Abroad Programs made available by other Canadian and International institutions, including the German Academic Exchange Service. Students are especially encouraged to enroll in a summer study program after their second or third year of language studies at UNB. Up to 12 ch will be awarded upon Departmental recommendation after successful completion of a course or program taken abroad in the language of study.

Note: It is important to plan ahead of time and to watch the deadlines for these programs.

If you travel, make sure that you have an International Student Identity Card : it will help you get excellent deals in Canada and abroad. In Germany that goes from theaters and museums to youth hostels and even stores and restaurants.


Summer Programs - update for 2009

Werkstudenten Programm (Work-Study Program)

Sponsored by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG), this program gives Canadian students the opportunity to work at summer jobs in Germany, usually in the tourist industry, for an eight-week period, after which they have one month free to travel. Students travel on a subsidized charter flight made possible by annual support from the DAAD. Applicants should be in Intermediate German or higher. Applications must go through your department advisor. Deadline: November 15.

Memorial University Summer Field Schhol (Heidelberg)

Memorial's Field School in Germany takes place during the spring semester and summer semesters. Students receive nine credit hours for three regular Spring Term Courses. The courses are delivered online over 14 weeks and students spend 4 weeks (August) in Heidelberg, Germany.
IMPORTANT: These courses qualify students for student loans. For information on how to register for these courses, e-mail Professor Erwin Warkentin:

Canadian Summer School in Kassel

The Kassel Summer School program, organized by Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta, offers a 6 week intensive program in German language and cultural studies. The program, which is known for its high quality, encompasses a range of cultural activities, including visits to the theater, the opera, and museums, and trips to Berlin and Weimar. Canadian professors teach courses. Kassel, situated in the heart of Germany, is the region where the clearest High German is spoken. Not funded.

For information on a variety of other summer language programs consult Professor Chris Lorey at the Department.

Year Long Programs - update for 2009/10

The Canadian Year in Freiburg Program

The Canadian Year Freiburg program offers students the opportunity to study September to July, for UNB credit, at the Universität Freiburg. A resident Canadian professor teaches a four-week immersion course and two other courses in language, literature and culture, and helps students integrate into the German university environment. The program arranges a group flight plus ground transportation, accommodation in university residents and many other activities. Students in all fields may apply. For full-time students only. Cost is estimated at about $14,892 (2009-10), including all fees, living expenses, and health insurance but excluding travel between Canada and Germany. Application deadline: February 28, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged. The program is open to all students of German after two years of university German. Students majoring in German are highly encouraged to participate in this program after their third year of language studies. Partially funded.

Foreign Language Assistants Program (FLAP)

This program places approximately 30-40 Canadians annually in positions as English-language assistants at secondary schools in the Federal Republic of Germany. They receive a stipend of about 900 Euro per month (as of 2008). Applicants must be in the final year of their B.A. degree, which they will have completed upon assuming the position, and have a very good command of German. Applications must go through your department advisor. Deadline: January 31 (UNB departmental deadline is January 15)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD offers an incredible range of programs and scholarships to study at a German university for any length of time between three weeks to four years. Programs are open to students of all disciplines and all levels, including graduate and post-graduate studies. Funding depends on program, but is usually very generous. The following might be of special interest. Note, however, that the DAAD changes its offerings often and suddenly, and that you should keep an eye on their Web site.

For 2009-2010 offerings take a quick look at DAAD Applications & Program Information

Also search for: Scholarships for study abroad, university language courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany, either as part of an organized study abroad program, or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year (between four and ten months). Open to students with at least second-year standing at time of application and at least third-year standing by the beginning of the scholarship period. Deadline: mid-February.

Deutschlandjahr scholarship for graduating seniors

Hochschulsommerkurse at German universities

German Studies Research Grant

Berlin - European Metropolis of the Third Millennium. This new program for students proficient in German offers four weeks of intensive language study at the Humboldt University, Berlin, as well as numerous cultural activities. Applicants must have completed four semesters of university-level German at time of application. Scholarship covers fees, some excursions, room and partial board. Application deadline: January 31.

German for Engineering Students. A four-week program with a language component, lectures on entrepreneurial culture and management from a German practitioner's perspective, cultural activities and excursions. Open to third- and fourth-year engineering students with at least one semester of university-level German or equivalent at time of application. Scholarship covers fees, excursions, room and partial board. Application deadline: March 15.

Summer Language Courses at Goethe-Institutes. Intensive eight-week language courses at Goethe-Institutes in Germany for full-time graduate students. Students in the fields of English, German or any other modern languages or literatures are not eligible. Applicants must have completed three semesters of university-level German or equivalent at time of application and be under 33 years of age. Scholarship covers fees, room and partial board. Application deadline: January 31.

DAAD Grants for Canadians. This scholarship provides funds for study and/or research in Germany for an academic year (October 1 to July 31). Open to undergraduate students in their final year for study following their bachelor's degree, and to graduate students pursuing their master's or doctorate for study and/or research prior to completion of their degree.Open to all disciplines except medicine. In general, applicants must be Canadian citizens enrolled full time in a North American university degree program. Preference will be given to students under 33 years of age. Students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences should have a good command of German. Students at DAAD Partner Institutions must obtain detailed information and application forms from their campus DAAD contact person. At-large applicants may obtain information and application forms from DAAD New York.

Goethe Institut. The Goethe Institut offers a large variety of courses in German language, culture, didactics, and language teaching methodology in over 13 German cities and at over 150 institutions worldwide. Fellowships are available for students who become teachers of German.

For further information, additional study abroad programs, and deadlines please consult Professor Chris Lorey 458-7715.


IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) is a non-governmental enterprise offering overseas job experience and training to students relevant to their sstudies. Placements may be arranged in any of the over 70 member countries including Germany. Early in February a list of available positions is circulated to applicants for consideration. Candidates return an application up-date ranking those places of interest for which they meet all requirements. The best-qualified candidate will then be selected for each position. Jobs are usually for 8-12 weeks in the summer and typically pay about $250/week. The receiving countries arrange for any necessary permits, lodging, etc.; students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in a program at a Canadian university or college leading to a degree or diploma in any of the fields covered and who are not more than 30 years of age. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Deadline: early December.

UNB also has exchange areements with the following universities in Germany

For further information contact Silke Klenk, International Relations Office.


Japanese Language Speech Contest

This annual contest is organized by Japanese government and universities in Canada. First step is the regional contest, which is the Atlantic Canada Contest for UNB students. Certificates and prizes will be awarded to winners and also participation prizes for all contestants. On jury's decision contentant(s) whose performance was excellent will be sent to the national contest. In 2004, a UNB student proceeded to the national contest and won first place in the beginners category. It is challenging to win at the national contest, but the reward is big-- the top prize is a trip to Japan! The next contest for 2005 will be held in March at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

There has been a demand among the students of Japanese for the establishment of a value by which their language proficiency can be certified. The Japan Foundation and the Association of International Education, Japan, devise the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and administer it both in Japan and abroad. In Eastern Canada the test is administered in Toronto in the fall every year. More information is available at the department office.


The following institutions are available to students for study abroad and possible internships:

  1. Centro Juan Marinello, Havana, Cuba. Summer program.
  2. Centro de Idiomas de Oaxaca, Mexico. Year-round exchange.
  3. Insituto de Español, Costa Rica. Year-round exchange with UNB.

In addition to the above there are several other programs in which students may participate. For more information, contact Professor Anna Hamling via email or phone 458-7465.