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

Program Description

The Summer Academy offers a closer view into Germany´s current education, society and culture.Secondary and higher education are key to the future success of a competitive Germany in a European setting. Understanding these new dimensions and the current stakeholders in Germany´s society gives teachers in German studies and related fields an advantage in their own role as transatlantic moderators.

The seminar provides an introduction to current Germany with its varied high school scheme, its sought-after vocational training, the infamous Bologna process, demographic developments and ethnic diversity. An additional focus is paced on teaching German as a Foreign Language. Participants become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field. The Academy offers classroom visits and opportunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, experts, students and administrators as well as excursions.

In the past, the seminar was based at interDaF at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute, the program language was German.

Grant Benefits

The seminar covers round-trip transportation from the U.S. to Germany and the costs of the program in Germany, including accommodation, local transportation, excursions, several meals and health insurance. Participants may extend their stay in Germany at their own expense.


U.S. faculty in German (studies) preferably teaching full-time at smaller colleges or institutions that offer German as a major or a German/German Studies degree.


American citizenship and a valid American passport are prerequisites; applicants with dual (German-American) citizenship are not eligible to apply.

Application Procedure & Deadlines

The program will be not offered in 2019. Further information on when the seminar will resume will be available here in due time.


American Programs
Fulbright Germany
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin
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