Heidelberg University - German


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.

  • Be a junior German major/minor (or have at least 4 semesters of German)
  • Have a minimum 3.0


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.


Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

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.


Online Approved Program Seat Application

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.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. Approved International Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)