Summer Academy in Leipzig for U.S.-American Faculty in German


The Summer Academy aims to offer professional development in areas relevant to the teaching in German including German language, literature and culture as well as professional and higher education. The seminar is based at interDaF Leipzig University's Herder Institute. The program language will be German.

Program Descripition

The Summer Academy will give you an overview of current developments in German secondary and post-secondary education, including information on the German high school system, vocational training, recent German and European higher education reforms such as the Bologna process, and demographic developments and ethnic diversity in contemporay Germany. An additional focus of the program will be on teaching German as a Foreign Language, and participants will become acquainted with latest didactial methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig. The Summer Academy will also include class room visits and opprtunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, various experts, students and administrators. An excursion program including a day trip to Berlin will complement the academic sessions. Finally, the program will highlight some of the structures, regional priorities and current developments in this part of Eastern Germany.

Program Dates

May 28 -  June 11, 2016

Departure from the USA on May 28, arrival in Germany on May 29, 2016

Program from May 29 - June 11, 2016

Departure from Germany on June 11, arrival in the USA on June 11, 2016

Grant Benefits

Full grant including seminar program, room and board, international transportation, etc. sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


U.S.-American faculty in German, preferebly teaching full-time at smaller colleges or institutions that offer German as a major or a German/German Studies degree, are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to younger faculty who have not had a similar experience in Germany during the last 5 years. Applicants must be in possesion of a valid U.S. passport. 

Application Requirements

Your application should include:

  • Application Form
  • Current CV
  • Letter of Motivation in German (please describe why you are intersted in this seminar; max. 1 page)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of U.S. passport (U.S. citizenship is mandatory. Dual citzenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible.)
  • Digital passport style picture

Application Procedure

 Program and application information is available here:


January 15, 2016 - extended until January 25, 2016!



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