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  • Locations: Dresden, Germany; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: German Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Germanic Languages and Literatures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enroll
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: German Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:




The Goethe-Institut is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It boasts 146 institutes in 89 countries around the world. Students will participate in either a four or eight-week curriculum of intensive German language instruction. Those who learn German here are part of a "learning family" where everyone feels at home. Additionally, students are able to take full advantage of a cultural and leisure time program designed to introduce participants to the city of Dresden. Upon successful completion of the program, students will take the Goethe Institut's examination, the Goethe-Zertifikat exam, which is recognized around the world.

Direct enroll programs require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance designed to cater to the needs of education abroad students from the United States.  
  • The level of services provided varies widely between institutions, but interested students should be prepared for:
  • Minimal or no U.S.-based staff representing the host institution
  • Basic pre-departure orientation materials
  • International student orientation upon arrival


Dresden is known as "Florence on the Elbe" because of its carefully restored Baroque architecture and its numerous cultural offerings. The Goethe-Institut's cozy building has its own garden and patio. After class, students are just a short distance from the city center or the beautiful scenery on the world-famous banks of the Elbe, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Students have the option of choosing either a single or double room at the Institut's own guesthouse. The guesthouse has common kitchen facilities in which students may prepare meals. Students can also choose to purchase breakfasts at the Institut, Monday-Friday. 

Education Abroad Coordinator

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Students participating in the four-week program will earn 6 semester credits, all of which could potentially be used to satisfy the requirements of the German major or minor. (The exact numbers are dependent on what a student has already completed.) Students participating in the eight-week program will earn 12 semester credits, up to nine of which could be used to satisfy the requirements of the German major or minor. Exact German credits and Ohio State course equivalencies will be determined in consultation with Dr. Andy Spencer. It is strongly recommended that interested students consult with Dr. Spencer prior to departure.

All students traveling on the program must take the Goethe-Zertifikat exam at the conclusion of their program in order to receive credit.

This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester. While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s). The Goethe-Institut offers the following options:
  • June Session (June 1-26): 6 credits
  • July Session (June 28-July 23): 6 credits
  • June + July Session (June 1- July 23): 12 credits
Please refer to the Goethe-Institut website for more detailed information.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have completed German 2102 prior to departure, maintain a "B" average or better in all German courses, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Complete applications will include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor of German. Applicants will need to indicate which session they prefer (June, July, or June + July) in their personal statements. 

Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Accepted students will need to reserve their spot at the Goethe Institut Dresden by March 1. Instructions on how to do so will be included in the acceptance letter. 



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will pay the Goethe Institut program fee (directly to the Goethe Institut) and the GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on a university-approved, third-party provider or direct enroll program is in effect until June 30, 2021.

Students will need to reserve their spot and to pay the Goethe Institut for tuition and accommodations by March 1. Students will pay for breakfasts (if desired) and the Goethe-Zertifikat (required) once in-country. Interested applicants are encouraged to research costs and deadlines on the Goethe Institut Dresden's website. Navigate to the June and July sessions of the Intensive 4 courses for specific dates and pricing options. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice, or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



This program allows a lot of independence and self-driven learning. Many day-to-day activities were organized by the Goethe Institute, but much of the traveling and exploring was done on my own terms or with groups of friends. This independence not only pushed me to learn German outside of a typical classroom setting in having to interact personally with native Germans but also gave us the flexibility to explore the city at our own pace leading to sometimes impromptu visits to local events and festivals. This program allowed me to interact with people who did not know much English, which forced me to use exclusively German. Not having English to fall back on, but still being understood in spite of certain language barriers bolstered my confidence in communicating in German and I ended up gaining a lot of new vocabulary and phrases just through daily interaction. 
     — Summer, 2019 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021
Rolling Admission 05/30/2021 07/30/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions. Applicants may choose either the June session (May 31-June 25), the July session (July 2 - 30), or the June + July session (May 31 - July 30). Applicants must indicate their session preference to the appropriate Education Abroad coordinator.
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/30/2022 07/29/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions. Applicants may choose either the June session, the July session, or the June + July session. Applicants must indicate their session preference to the appropriate Global Education Program Specialist.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed