Go for a year or a semester or a summer. Go!
Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no college student should pass up. Students beginning a GSLL language can skyrocket quickly into higher courses by studying the language abroad. Majors can acquire up to fifty percent – minors are limited to just twenty-five percent – of the required courses for the their degree while abroad. Most importantly, any and all who study abroad will learn lessons about life – the big picture as it were – nowhere to be found on Carolina’s campus.
So what are you waiting for? You’re friends will be here when you get back. And Carolina’s not going anywhere. While you’re gone, they’ll read your Facebook wall, and you can Skype with mom and dad all the time. Studying abroad, go for as long as you possibly can!
Not sure if you should study abroad? Not sure whether you should commit a whole year or semester to studying abroad? Not sure what study abroad can contribute to your future professional aspirations? Consider Professor Layne’s biography, in which she tells about her decision to study the German language and eventually live and study abroad.
GSLL works closely with the the Study Abroad Office to create, develop, and maintain attractive opportunities abroad for the widest possible student audience interested in one of the eight languages offered by GSLL.
Don’t speak Czech but want to study in the Czech Republic? No problem! Want to get your foreign language requirement out of the way over the summer in Berlin? No problem! Interested in continuing your degree in the natural sciences abroad? No problem! Interested in learning a Germanic language like Swedish not currently offered at Carolina? No problem!
Study Abroad Scholarships
With the help of private support, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures can offer undergraduate German majors and minors small, merit-based scholarships to support the additional costs often incurred when studying abroad. Scholarships are available to students who have chosen a UNC-approved program that lasts a year, semester or summer. In order to apply for a scholarship, students must submit 1) the official application form along with 2) a copy of their transcript and 3) written proof of their completed application for a study abroad program (e.g., email confirmation from Study Abroad). Applications sent to email@example.com must be received by October 15 for support in the spring semester and March 1 for both summer and annual programs.
Carolina also strives to make studying abroad financially affordable for as many students as possible. In addition to scholarship awarded by Carolina’s Study Abroad office, there also exist third-party funding opportunities to get to Europe and Russia. One important source for students of German is the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service). UNC-Chapel Hill regularly has an on-campus spokesperson who can help students find the right funding opportunity for studying in the Federal Republic of Germany. DAAD is publicly funded by the German government and is focused on providing students and faculty with the resources to study, conduct research, or intern in Germany. DAAD offers scholarships for fields ranging from STEM programs to the arts. Here’s just some of the funding opportunities the DAAD offers undergraduates:
- Undergraduate Scholarships: Scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field.
- Study Scholarship: Scholarships for graduating Seniors to complete one academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany.
- RISE – Research Internships in Science and Engineering: Summer internships with German doctoral students at universities and research institutions – no German required!
- University Summer Course Grant: Summer courses at German universities to help build your language skills while studying anything from film to politics to engineering.
- German Studies Research Grant: Funding for research in the US or Germany in all areas of contemporary German Studies.
- EMGIP – Bundestag Internship: Two months at the German parliament for students who are fluent in German.
If you have any questions about these programs or how to apply, don’t hesitate to contact the GSLL Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Study Abroad Destinations
Carolina’s Study Abroad Office offers an exceptionally broad portfolio of options for all kinds of students: first-year to seniors, humanities majors to science majors, language learners to English speakers. Costs vary depending on the type of program chosen. The five main types of study abroad programs include:
- UNC Exchange Programs
- Direct Enrollment Programs
- Third-Party Programs
- Faculty-Led Programs
- Professional School Programs
The following map includes only the first three types of programs subdivided into three linguistic regions: Indo-Germanic Western and Central Europe as well as Scandinavia, Slavic Central and East Europe as well as Russia; and Indo-Uralic speaking Europe (Finland and Hungary). For an overview of GSLL’s study abroad opportunities, download this overview. For a comprehensive list of study abroad options, see the Study Abroad portal.