International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

Germany: Erfurt

Program Title Pitzer Exchange University of Erfurt
Location Erfurt, Germany
Host Website
Eligibility At least one year of college level German language study is required, a third semester is highly recommended for spring semester participants. Students must be in good academic standing at Pitzer College. Preference will be given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one area studies course on Germany or Europe in history, politics, literature, religious studies, or international relations is required. Additional recommended preparation: Language, Culture and Society; Intercultural Communications; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.
Application Pitzer College general application and Erfurt University forms
Program Dates Fall Semester: Not possible.
Spring Semester: Mid March to July
Full Year: Orientation in late September, classes from October to July. Students are encouraged to stay for a full year.
Required Courses Participants are expected to take at least one course while abroad that includes content on German history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Full year students will take a two week intensive refresher German course during the fall orientation. Students may continue German language study at the intermediate and advanced level.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser
Other Course Options Students without advanced German skills will typically take 2 German language courses, and two courses in English or one course in German and one independent study course. Courses available in English are limited.
Credit Possible Students must take 30 ECTS while abroad in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students live in international student dormitories in suites with a shared bathroom and small kitchen. Students prepare their own meals. A host family program connects students with a local family during orientation and for occasional meals and other social events.
Advising Notes This program is appropriate for students interested in history, Germany’s relation to Eastern Europe, international relations, immigration issues (Polish workers), politics, European Union issues, or recycling and environmental issues. Courses in English are only available in the department of public policy.