Each year, the German Program is awarded one scholarship by the Federation of German-American Clubs for study at one of about 20 universities in Germany. Qualifications for this one-year scholarship include upper-level coursework in German, good overall scholarship, excellent command of the German language and unmarried status. Returning scholarship recipients agree to spend their senior year living in the German House. The scholarship amounts to € 6000, a bit more than $6,500, paid in monthly installments from October through July.
The Federation not only gives money to the students, but provides them with a huge social network. There are arranged weekend seminars for all scholars of the Federation where one can meet not only other students from the U.S., but also German scholars who studied in the U.S. or who are going to study abroad. These seminars bring out many lifetime friendships and serve the good relations between Germans and Americans. Furthermore, the local clubs of the Federation are well-known for their enthusiasm toward the American scholars and are truly interested in their comfort.
Although this scholarship doesn't include any transportation costs, an application for a Fulbright Travel Grant may help cover costs, which includes round trip international travel to Germany and limited health benefits.
To apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity, talk to Professor Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the German department in Bishop Whipple 345.
Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Hochschule für Musik-Mainz, 2013-2014
While at the Johannnes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz I was able to join a community choir that held practice every week in the Alte Mensa of the university, and it was during this time that I had the opportunity to perform Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with a full choir and orchestra. We worked the entire Winter Semester to learn the music, but the final product was phenomenal, and it was so rewarding to share it with several of my close friends that I had met in Mainz.
After my year abroad, I was so enriched by the experiences that the VDAC had given me, I became quite interested in returning, once again, to Germany after I completed my studies at Concordia College. Therefore, I completed an application for an English Teaching Assistantship with the Fulbright Program during my senior year at Concordia, and it was in March 2016 that I was informed I had received the grant to teach in Germany for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am currently residing in the town of Glauchau, Sachsen and am working with several of the English Language Faculty at the Georgius-Agricola Gymnasium to help enrich their Language Program through personal interaction with the students. Had I not received the opportunity to study abroad with the VDAC, I may not have ever considered such a program, but I am convinced that the VDAC pushed me to return to a country I love, as well as supplied me with valuable experience that made me a competitive candidate for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Bamberg, Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg, 2015-2016
I spent the 2015-16 academic year in the magical town of Bamberg, Germany. Most meaningful to me during my time in Germany was the opportunity to meet so many students just like myself from all around the world, united by our interest in German. I also loved the unique opportunity to live in the small city of Bamberg and observe the incredible mix of time-honored traditions and modernity. Being in Germany with VDAC allowed me to also dramatically improve my German speaking and comprehension skills, and I was therefore able to visit and connect with distant German relatives of mine. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am incredibly thankful that I was given the chance to explore my interests and discover Germany in this way.