Semester in Germany

Experience all the southwest Germany has to offer on the campus of the Hochschule Reutlingen. Near the major city of Stuttgart, Reutlingen is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura, both areas of geographical interest and beauty. The town’s center boasts remnants of a city wall and medieval fortifications.

Travel to Germany with Valparaiso University and study German language while taking courses in English on topics such as history, art, and economics. Valparaiso University in Indiana runs a fantastic semester program in Reutlingen and the beautiful Reutlingen University and now you can join them. You’ll live with U.S students on Reutinglen’s campus, hone your German language skills, and take classes in English that get you out into the city.

Live in Reutlingen - a small dynamic city in the southwest part of Germany situated between the enchanting Black Forest and rolling hills of the Swabian Albs. Reutlingen is a modern city with medieval charm and makes for a perfect place to immerse in Germany’s culture while making new friends.

Immersive Study Options - Courses include German language (required), cultural studies, economics, art history, theology, history, and political science. These courses are taught by local faculty and Valparaiso University faculty. Germany is your classroom with excursions around the area that enhance coursework.

Endless Exploration - From a 5 night excursion to Berlin to a 5 night excursion to cities such as Leipzig, Wittenberg, Eisenach, and Erfurt, our program offers many opportunities to explore the brilliant sights and culture of Germany.

  • Germany is your classroom with excursions around the area that enhance coursework
  • Study with U.S. faculty
  • Great staff support and an orientation to show the ropes in your new European city 
  • World class public transportation makes exploring Europe easy
  • A full cultural calendar with activities such as a soccer matches, local festivals, and wine tasting
  • Soak in German culture and make friends from around the globe
  • Campus is a short walk from the city center full of cute restaurants, shops, cafes, and more
  • One to two weeks built in for independent travel
  • Tour of Reutlingen and nearby Tübingen
  • 5 night excursion to Berlin
  • 5 night excursion to cities such as Leipzig, Wittenberg, Eisenach, and Erfurt
  • Visits to museums, castles, and historical sites in Reutlingen, Stuttgart, and surrounding areas

Students will earn 16 US credits through 5 courses on the Semester in Germany program. The courses are taught by a mix of US and German faculty and many excursions, trips, and events are included in the course work for a lot of hands on learning. 

Average Course Load
5 courses (16 US credits) German language course is 4 credits, others are 3 credits.


Language of Instruction

There are 4 electives that all students take, plus one Intensive German course. The German course will either be:

FLGR 101 - First Semester German (4 credits) or

FLGR 204 - German Comp and Conversation (4 credits)

The four electives are:

ART 311 - European Art and Architecture ( 3 credits)

ECON 290 - International Trade: Aussenwirtschaft (3 credits)

THEO 329/HIST 390 - Luther and Bach (3 credits)

ENG 200/SOC 290 - Utopian/Dystopian Literature (3 credits)

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Reutlingen, Germany offers travelers a glimpse into the present and the past. Reutlingen, a town that houses Reutlingen University is situated between the gorgeous Black Forest and a manufacturing center that is crucial to Europe’s economy. Reutlingen, is filled with modern restaurants, fun, and boutiques and is also home to medieval structures and a rich history.

Enjoy the changes of the season in Germany. In August the temperature is warm at about 70°F. Winter has a cooler climate that can be as low as 25°F

Activities for students in Germany will allow for discovery of Germany’s captivating history, architecture, and art scene. Take visits to museums, castles, and historical sites in Reutlingen, Stuttgart, and surrounding areas with your included one month German rail pass good for travel across the country.

Our Semester in Germany program is run by Valparaiso University of Chicago at Reutlingen University. Founded in 1859, Valparaiso is accredited by a number of organizations, including The Higher Learning Commission and AACSB.

You’ll be joining a long-standing study abroad program run by faculty from Valparaiso University in Indiana for a perfect combination of German language and U.S. coursework.

The campus of the Hochschule Reutlingen in Reutlingen, Germany was founded in 1855. It began as a College of Weaving and Textiles and still holds true to its roots today as it still offers facilities for spinning, weaving and knitting. Back then it was to be an institute for textile teaching and research, founded on the initiative of local industry, today its unique research building, covering 7,700 square metres, accommodates the extensive workshops for textile teaching and experimentation.

Today the college hosts programs for Engineering, Business Administration, Chemistry and Informatics extending the range of subjects offered, forming the foundation for today’s Reutlingen University and its five Schools.

Reutlingen University has many activities for students to take part in - helping to make the campus and new friends a new home during your semester. Eat in the “Mensa”, or cafeteria with classmates or take part in sports activities: on Campus there is always lots do!

Shared rooms in student dormitories with access to kitchen facilities and lounges. Students enjoy cooking and sharing meals with international students, a great way to make friends from all around the world!

Carter Hanson joined the Valparaiso English Department in 1999. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Resident Director of VU's international study center in Cambridge, England, and in 2010 he directed VU's study abroad program in Hangzhou, China. Currently, Professor Hanson is directing VU's study abroad program in Reutlingen, Germany from 2015-2017.

Professor Hanson teaches courses on the English Novel and Nineteenth-Century British literature, Canadian fiction, Young Adult literature, Utopian and Dystopian literature, and Children's literature. He also enjoys teaching general education classes such as Core and the Christ College Freshman Program. In addition to these literary topics, Professor Hanson teaches a graduate course on the history of electronic dance music.

Professor Hanson’s main areas of research expertise are Nineteenth-Century English literature, Canadian literature, and Utopian Studies. In the classroom, Professor Hanson tries to help students fully explore individual texts through discussion, as well as to establish the important connections between texts, history and culture. Some of his favorite books and authors are Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad, The Englishman’s Boy, by Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne.

Professor Hanson's interest in Canadian literature began when he started researching the history and literature of nineteenth-century English emigration to Canada. He has published articles on this topic in journals like Canadian Literatureand The American Review of Canadian Studies, and his book Emigration, Nation, Vocation: The Literature of English Emigration to Canada, 1825-1900 was published in 2009 by Michigan State University Press. On Utopian literature he has written the articles "The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's The Giver," published in Extrapolation, "Memory's Offspring and Utopian Ambiguity in Ursula K. Le Guin's 'The Day Before the Revolution' and The Dispossessed," published in Science Fiction Studies, and "Pop Goes Utopia: An Examination of Utopianism in Recent Electronic Dance Pop," published in the journal Utopian Studies. His most recent article, "Postmodernism, and Human Remembering versus Digital Memory in M. T. Anderson's Feed," will be published in Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

Along with his wife Michelle, Carter spends much of his free time parenting two daughters. His extracurricular passions include dance/electro/pop music and nearly anything related to Star Wars.

Professor Hanson's undergraduate degree was from Luther College, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Iowa.


Ph.D. - University of Iowa, M.A.--University of Iowa, B.A.--Luther College

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival August 30
CISabroad Orientation August 31 - September 3
Classes Start September 4
Classes End December 15
Departure December 18
Application Deadline March 1
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 12
CISabroad Orientation January 13
Classes Start January 16
Departure May 15
Application Deadline November 1
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $15,990
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $15,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

Full-time tuition and fees Housing (residence halls)

Medical and accident insurance

CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program

Academic advising

Financial aid counseling

Assistance with travel arrangements

Predeparture orientation

Airport pickup CISabroad orientation

On-site support Internet connection

Modern fully-furnished shared suites with all amenities including free wi-fi

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