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The year-long program begins with a six-week orientation session in Hamburg. The orientation program provides intensive language preparation, cultural courses and introductions to everyday and academic life in Hamburg. Guest lectures on the German university system, the press and politics supplement daily instruction in the German language. The group takes several excursions to north German towns and typically includes a week-long stay in Berlin. Scheduled events include tours of the city, visits to museums and monuments and several evenings at concerts, the opera or the theater.

The spring semester orientation follows a similar format in a shorter four-week format.

Course Requirements

Students enroll in four courses per semester, with the following requirements:

Students attending for the spring semester with less than two years German or equivalent enroll in four courses, with the following requirements:


Students enroll in 36 Smith College credits: 16 credits per semester, 2 orientation course credits, and 2 credits for written work associated with the fall semester audited university course.