Gain a new perspective on your major field of study and broaden your understanding of European history and cultures at the University of Heidelberg. As a German major, you will have the chance to study at the American Junior Year at the University of Heidelberg, a university that is ranked among the top 50 learning institutions in the world. Founded in 1386, the University of Heidelberg has been home to academic giants such as Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, Max Weber, Karl Jaspers, Hans-Georg Gadamer as well as eight Nobel Prize winners. German majors in their junior years spend one or two semesters in Heidelberg and study under the tutelage of esteemed scholars. Since all courses are taught in German, students find their language proficiency increases rapidly.
Since all courses are taught in German and admission requires at least four semesters of German, interested students must have the approval of a German faculty to pursue application to this program.
Students have access to a large variety of courses at the University of Heidelberg and at the AJY Study Center. Courses are selected in consultation with the Resident Director once you are already in Heidelberg. Those students whose command of German is stronger (as determined in the Preliminary Course and in the German Proficiency Exam of the University) will be able to choose among an even wider selection of courses. Most classes meet only once a week for an hour and a half. Each course belongs to a specific category, the two most popular being:
The Vorlesung is a lecture course, meaning that the professor speaks for the entire hour and a half. Class size can range from 30 to 300 or more students in attendance.
The Proseminar is similar to our idea of a seminar class in the States. They are small—usually no more than 25–30 students—and offer a forum for professor-student interaction. On the first day of class the professor will hand out a list of topics for the course where you will select one to present. Presentations are then given for the rest of the course—usually 2–3 presentations per class period—and the professor will fill in with other information and lead discussions.
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 15. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. AJY's fall semester deadline is April 1.
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 31. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. AJY's spring semester deadline is October 1.
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.