Since 2002, the KIIS Spring Semester program in Regensburg has provided an ideal setting for students to experience German language, culture, and history. Situated on the Danube River in central Bavaria and approximately 1½ hours northeast of Munich, this city of nearly 200,000 residents boasts a living history dating back more than 2000 years. The city core, spared of any serious destruction over these many years, provides at every turn a glimpse into this rich heritage.
The medium-sized University of Regensburg (enrollment roughly 15,000) helps support a thriving cultural scene in the city. Numerous plays, films, exhibitions, and concerts featuring both classical and modern music offer something for all tastes and interests. The proximity of Munich and Nuremburg expands the cultural opportunities even further.
Unlike the majority of its German counterparts, the University of Regensburg is situated on an American-style campus south of the city center. City buses provide excellent service to the campus, free of charge to students. Computer facilities, a student cafeteria, an extensive library, and recreational opportunities are available on campus, and students have ready access to the internet. A bookstore, an Italian restaurant, an ATM, and a small store for essentials complement the university facilities. The foreign student office (AA) provides various excursion opportunities for students during the semester.
The KIIS Regensburg Program lasts nearly five months and is fully integrated into the University of Regensburg's academic and social life. Although students just beginning to experience living in the language might find this quasi-immersion into university life a bit daunting, the program has been so structured that KIIS students arrive on campus a month before regular classes begin in order to immerse themselves, on a quiet and relatively unpopulated campus, in one of several intensive four-week language courses. The appropriate course for each student will be determined through a placement test administered in the first days of the program. Thus, students begin their stay by focusing on language acquisition at an appropriate level in a comfortable setting and with close contacts to university instructors and other international students. This intensive language course also helps students advance their language skills rapidly, with the result that they should feel quite at home in Regensburg and in Germany in a short time.
In addition, the international student office and staff play an active role in helping KIIS students adjust to the new setting and in providing them opportunities to experience both German student life and German culture. An international programs administrator in that office takes care of all administrative matters for students, insures that the program runs smoothly, addresses any student concerns that may arise, informs students of upcoming events and excursions, and arranges international student get-togethers throughout the semester.
Please note: Because KIIS students are enrolled during the spring and summer in the Department of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), which can accommodate different levels of competency, we can accept students with a minimum of 9 hours of college-level German or the equivalent and sophomore standing by the start of the program. In other words, students who complete the first semester of an intermediate German program in the fall (ahead of the Regensburg spring semester) are eligible to apply. Since the program provides a wonderful opportunity to surround oneself with the German language and culture, however, it goes practically without saying that the greater competency students have in the language prior to the program, the greater advantage they may take of this unique opportunity to experience closely both the language and the culture.
Spring 2019 Course Offerings:
GERM 202 Intermediate German II
GERM 306 Experiencing German Abroad (6 hours) Required
GERM 314 Introduction to German Literature
GERM 330 German Composition and Conversation
GERM 335 Contemporary Culture and Civilization
GERM 430 Advanced German Stylistics
GERM 437 German Literature and Film
GERM 455 Topics in Germanic Literary and Cultural Studies
GERM 499 Advanced Studies in German
NOTE: All courses are taught in German and are 3 credit hours unless noted. GERM 306 is a required 6-credit hour class taken in the first month of the program.
Academic Notes: Students will be enrolled as visiting students at the University of Regensburg and register for all their courses within the offerings of the Department of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), itself a part of the division called the Zentrum fur Sprache und Kommunikation (ZSK), with appropriate equivalents established for Western Kentucky University (WKU).
All students are required to take GERM 306 for six credit hours as a partial equivalent of the four-week, intensive language course they will take at the beginning of their stay in Regensburg. Further, students must also register for either GERM 330 or GERM 430, depending on the number of German courses they have completed prior to departure. They will then register for two further KIIS/WKU semester courses (students needing to enroll in GERM 202 will register for only one more course) to be determined in consultation with the KIIS program director. On site in Regensburg, students will register at the end of the intensive language course for the Regensburg DaF equivalencies.
All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer grades to students' home institutions approximately 8 to 10 weeks after completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.
For a list of courses, click here.