Summer Program

Spend part of your summer in Germany! The Summer Program Center is situated in the bustling city center, right on University Square. Surrounded by shops, theaters, museums, and libraries, there is much to explore in and around the city.

Come and join us this summer and
create your own European experience!

Rail Map Program Highlights

  • Universität Heidelberg faculty
  • Homestays with German families
  • Study trip to Berlin
  • German Rail Pass for weekend travel


Based on your current language ability and placement scores, you will enroll in one of three available German language courses (GER 100, 200 or 300). All students will also take a seminar course focusing on topics such as contemporary culture, politics, history and economics in Germany and Europe. Students can earn nine credits in the summer term. See our course descriptions.

Eligibility and Admissions

Participants are enrolled at a U.S. college or university and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75. There is no German language prerequisite for the beginner level, but one semester of German is recommended. The application must be submitted by March 1.  A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with the application. This fee may be waived for colleges and universities which have a formal affiliation with Heidelberg University. Contact your institution's study abroad advisor to determine whether the waiver applies to your school.. Apply early and save! Reduce your program fee by $100 by applying by February 1 and confirming your participation by March 1.

Use these instructions to help you with the required application documents and submit the application below. Refer questions to

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Cost- Same price as 2018!

The 2019 program fee of $6,580.00 covers:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board with host families
  • Additional meal stipend
  • Heidelberg public transportation pass
  • Excursions and cultural events, including the trip to Berlin
  • Airport group transfer service upon arrival
  • German Rail Pass
  • Accident & liability insurance
  • An official transcript in English

Not included are the flight, books, health insurance, and personal expenses. Students should discuss financial aid opportunities with the study abroad advisor on their home campus. Bills are sent by April 20. Payment must be received by May 1. Please contact Barb Gabel to discuss any tuition related matters or to ask questions regarding your payments.

Refund Policy: In case of a withdrawal before the official start of the summer program, the program fee minus $250 will be returned to the applicant. If unforeseen circumstances make it impossible for a student to continue with the summer program, he/she will be refunded the program fee minus 10% each week until the last week of June at which time there is no refund.

Program Cancelation and Changes: Heidelberg University reserves the right to cancel the program and to make changes or alterations to the program and/or program itinerary at any time as may be required because of emergencies (including natural disasters or acts of terrorism), changed conditions, or because of the University’s determination that such cancelation, changes, or alterations are in the best interest of the program or its participants. Heidelberg University is not responsible for changes or alterations to or cancelation of programs by the host institution. Heidelberg University shall have no liability to any participants, their parents, or any other third party for the cancelation of the program or any changes or alterations to the program.

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