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KU Establishes Exchange Program with University in Northern Germany

March 19, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Department of Modern Language Studies has established a language-intensive exchange program with the University of Hildesheim in northern Germany for students enrolled in the German studies major or secondary education/German. KU will also host students from Hildesheim.

While students would mostly take German language classes, they can also enroll in general education courses or in other major or minor subject areas. All courses are taught in German. Students may study for one semester or a full year; eight students are planning to study at Hildesheim next year.

Hildesheim program director Dr. Stefanie Hundt and KU program director Dr. Lynn M. Kutch collaborated to develop the exchange program, and Nicole Becker, KU's assistant director of international admissions, facilitated the process.

Both KU and the University of Hildesheim have strong education departments, and Hildesheim offers courses similar to those found at KU.

KU student Laura Berkel has participated in KU's summer study abroad program, and plans to study at Hildesheim this fall.

"My experience in Europe, particularly Germany, has been wonderful!" she said. "The best part about traveling is being able to experience new cultures. I chose to study at Hildesheim because of their education program, and for the travel experience. I enjoy immersing myself in the German language, since I'm hoping to utilize it in my future career. Both the school and its demographics are perfect for my language ability level, and I'm hopeful that this opportunity will help me further develop my language skills."

The new exchange program will facilitate course transfers, and students can pay tuition and fees directly to KU. Room and meal costs are paid to the host institution.

To apply, students can contact KU German faculty members Dr. Lynn Kutch or Dr. Greg Hanson.  As this is an exchange relationship, both institutions seek parity, or equal numbers, in the exchanges. In some cases, students may have to be on a waiting list until another spot opens up. The International Office assists students with the application process and provides a pre-departure orientation to students prior to their semester or year abroad.

Hildesheim is one of the oldest cities in Northern Germany, with a population of about 105,000. For more information about study abroad opportunities available at KU, please visit http://www2.kutztown.edu/academics/study-abroad.htm.