** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Lüneburg is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies - specifically Germany's role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from the former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification. The program offers three diverse academic areas: German Language, European and Engineering Studies. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university language requirements in one semester. Additional courses in economics, history, culture, art history, intercultural communication, politics and engineering are taught in German or English to provide a well-rounded curriculum. the academic courses are only a part of the intended value of a program abroad. Participation in cultural activities, festivals and field trips to Hamburg, Celle, Bremen and an optional tour to Berlin in the spring also form an integral part of the program.
The Lüneburg program has a Resident Director who is responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding and Social Sciences and previously taught political science courses on the program. Dr. Stefanie Seewald will meet the group flight at the airport, organize transportation to your housing, provide an on-site orientation and additional support and resources while you are on the program.
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by their published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All students are required to select a language track plus elective courses for a total of 12-18 courses.
For complete details and course descriptions please see the Academic Section for the USAC Luneberg Program for full descriptions.
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Some students live in the university student accommodations. More similar to shared apartments than residence halls—with private bedrooms and shared common rooms—they are either on-campus or downtown. Living in student housing provides a great opportunity to meet other students. Some students live in private apartments, shared with three to five German (and sometimes other international) students. Rental apartments generally provide everything except towels, so you should plan to bring them with you or purchase them upon arrival.
Many students live with German families. Daily breakfast plus one meal a week will be provided and in addition, students will have kitchen privileges to prepare their own meals. In some placements, students may be able to share meals with the host family for an additional fee. Every family has its own style: the transitions between private and public spaces, sharing of family life and meals will be fluid and vary from household to household. Due to summer holidays, many families are not in Lüneburg during summertime; therefore, availability of homestays during the summer program is limited.
All housing options are located within commuting distance of USAC classes. The city has an excellent system of public transportation, available at no cost with your Leuphana University Lüneburg student identification card. Many students choose to buy an inexpensive bicycle upon arrival and sell it at the end of the term.
Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.
No, however the dining commons at the university is available to all students and is reasonably priced. Apartments will have cooking facilities as well. Please see information on homestay meals in the Housing section above.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passportsU S Embassy in Germany
A student visa is official permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. All US passport holders will apply for a residence permit after arriving in Lüneburg. Your Resident Director will assist you with this process at the on-site orientation. Further information will be posted to your USAC Student Gateway account in the USAC Visa Guide, which you will receive about 4 months prior to the program start. Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have. All costs related to obtaining a visa, including travel, are your responsibility. Non-US Citizens must check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US Immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.
Study Abroad Insurance All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company. Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Student Identity Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.