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Off-Campus Programs: Interim Courses

Group photo in Germany

One of the highlights of studying German at Calvin

During the past thirty years, hundreds of Calvin students have enthusiastically participated in the German Interim Abroad conducted each January. This affordable 30-day program provides an in-depth experience of many facets of contemporary German life and culture. In addition, the German Interim Abroad is conducted almost exclusively in German and thus offers you a unique opportunity to practice and improve listening and speaking skills in the language.

The course German 301 prepares you linguistically for the German Interim Abroad experience.

Have a look at a highlight video from the 2014 January German Interim Abroad!

The itinerary normally includes several home stays with German families. You will experience and explore:

  • German village life near the Dutch border
  • Lübeck, the most beautiful city of Northern Germany
  • Life in Husum, a mid-size city in Schleswig-Holstein with homestays in families
  • The new unified Berlin, with its fascinating history in the 20th century
  • Lutherstadt Wittenberg in former East Germany with homestays in families
  • Erfurt, one of the most beautiful old cities in Thuringia
  • Goethe's Weimar
  • The Buchenwald concentration camp
  • The Wartburg castle in Eisenach where Luther translated the New Testament
  • Freiburg and the Black Forest
  • Other regions and places of Germany of your choice during five days of independent travel


Take a peek at video archives from the 1996 Germany interim.

Don't pass up this experience

"When I read back through my journal, it is amazing to me all the things God taught me through the trip. I thought the main lesson I would learn was how to speak German better. While my German did improve, I think that ended up being one of the minor things I learned. God has really opened my eyes to the variety of cultures and different kinds of people he has created."(German Interim Abroad, 2008)