The AJY 6-week Summer Program offers intensive language courses (6 credits, 90 contact hours) at the 200 level (for students with 2 semesters of German or equivalent proficiency) and at the 300 level (for students with at least 4 semester of German or equivalent proficiency). The curriculum for the language courses is built around co-curricular excursions and site visits in Heidelberg and beyond. Students may take an additional 3-credit course (Contemporary Controversies in German Culture, 45 contact hours). This option is especially recommended for students at the advanced stage.
To participate, you must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university, have a GPA of at least 2.75, and have taken 2 semesters of German (or possess equivalent language skills). The application form must be submitted by March 1 (extended to March 15). A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with the application. This fee may be waived for colleges and universities that have a formal affiliation with Heidelberg University. Contact your institution's study abroad advisor to determine whether this is the case for your school.
Apply early and save! Reduce your program fee by $100 when you apply by March 1 and confirm your participation by April 1.
Consult these instructions to help you with the required application documents and submit the application (see Download Application button at bottom of this page). If you have any questions, please contact us at ajy [at] heidelberg.edu.
Already admitted? Make sure you complete all the required forms.
The program fee of $6,780.00 (9 credits)/$6,030.00 (6 credits) covers:
- Accommodations with host families
- Full meal plan
- Airport pickup by AJY staff
- Heidelberg public transportation pass
- Individual travel vouchers (e.g. German Rail Pass)
- Excursions and cultural events, including a study trip to Berlin
- Liability insurance
- An official transcript
Not included in the program fee are the transatlantic flights, books, health insurance, and personal expenses (shopping, souvenirs, etc.) Students should discuss financial aid opportunities with the study abroad advisor on their home campus. Bills are sent by April 20 and payment must be received by May 1.
For any matters related to tuition payments, please contact Barb Gabel.
Summer Program Fee Adjustment: No charge will be made to students who withdraw from the program before April 20.
Program Cancellation 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 due to emergencies (including natural disasters or acts of terrorism), changed conditions, or because of the University’s determination that such cancellation, changes, or alterations are in the best interest of the program or its participants. Heidelberg University is not responsible for cancellations, changes, or alterations of programs by the host institution in Germany. Heidelberg University shall have no liability to any participants, their parents, or any other third party for the cancellation of the program or any changes or alterations to the program.