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At a Glance

The Curriculum

The program begins with a cultural orientation, intensive language study and excursions. Students enroll in four 4-credit courses each semester based on their language ability, including a German language course, university courses taught in German or English, and optional program courses in history, theater, politics and environmental studies.

Universität Hamburg and Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

Enroll in courses with German students studying government, economics, social sciences, humanities, mathematics and sciences. For more than 50 years, the Universität Hamburg has been welcoming students studying through Smith, the only U.S. program in Hamburg.

Tutorials and Academic Assistance

Students enrolled in university courses in their major are eligible to be assigned tutors (upper-level German students) for weekly meetings to review and discuss course material. Students also receive writing assistance when preparing semester papers in German for university courses.

The Smith Center and Director

The Smith Center houses the offices of the director and associate director, who provide academic advising and friendly guidance. The Smith Center is located one block from the university in the Gästehaus der Universität Hamburg and is equipped with internet and computing facilities, as well as a classroom and lounge area with a small library.

University Residence Halls

Students live in single rooms, sharing well-equipped kitchens on each floor, in clean, modern residence halls with Germans and other international students. All residences have internet access.


Women and men from four-year colleges with a minimum 3.0 GPA and German language preparation are invited to apply: two years of college-level German or equivalent for the full-year; at least three semesters of college-level German or the equivalent prior to the start of the program for the spring semester only.

Program Dates

Academic year: Early September though July
Spring semester: Early March through July

Application Deadlines

Smith student applications for the full-year program are due on the first Monday in February (2/05/18). Guest student applications will be accepted until the third Monday in March (3/19/18) on a space-available, rolling basis; applying by the February deadline is encouraged.

Applications for the spring semester by both Smith and guest students are due by the first Monday in October (10/01/18). It is recommended that spring applicants apply early to guarantee admission.

2018-19 Program Fee

$34,820 per semester includes orientation, tuition, course selection and academic advising, housing and meals, lunch stipend, health insurance, medical emergency coverage, excursions and cultural events. Students should consult their home institutions regarding financial aid assistance.