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  • Locations: Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/02/2019 06/19/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Sturdevant, Renate, Dr.
Supporting Department: Modern Languages Registration Term: Summer A
Language Prerequisite: No Language of Instruction: English, German
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Hours: 3.0
Payment Value 1: 100
Program Description:



Program Description:

This Summer Ambassador Program in Munich will offer eligible students an opportunity to spend two weeks in Munich and its surrounding areas.

Munich is a metropolis with a strong historical, cultural and social background, and stronghold of international business and travel.  We will see how Southern Germany has grown in cultural diversity since WWII, and how its people have reconciled the past with the present. 

Students will discover a Germany that does not exist in textbooks.  We will journey to palaces and castles, mountains ad lakes,villages and cities that cover 2000 years and more of Germany history.

Our travels will range from the snow capped peaks of Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) to the shadowy depths of the Salzberwerk (a centuries-old salt mine) in Berchtesgaden. We'll visit the concentrations camp of Dachau and also the new Jewish Synagogue in Munich.

We'll travel all across Bavaria and beyond: from large cities like Augsburg (Dayton's sister city) and Nuremberg, to small towns like Fussen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and even to Salzburg, in Austria. 

In addition, students will learn to navigate public transportation, to use and improve their language skills, and to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Germany. 
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Academic Course Information:

Students will register for Students will register for GER 3500 or ML 3500; a 3 credit hour course offered in Summer A term.  
Before departure, in spring of 2019, three class sessions will be held, during which students will discuss short readings on Southern German history. They will choose a topic for a presentation to be given in Munich before a specific event. 

While in Munich, students will attend class for up to one hour once a day to present their various topics. They will attend on-site lectures, keep daily journals or blogs and share new vocabulary. After the program, students will have 2 weeks to turn in a final paper of their choice of topic regarding polar perspectives in Germany.

Three free days will be provided, to allow students to explore Munich on their own.  Evenings will also generally be free, apart from a few required group activities. 
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:faculty

Renate Sturdevant, Ph.D. teaches German in the Dept. of Modern Languages. She is a native of Bavaria, Germany and lived in Munich for several years. This will be Dr. Sturdevant’s third time leading the Ambassador Program to Germany. She is very excited to go back to her Heimat and share her heritage and culture with Wright State University students.   

Miriam Powers, an Alumna Wright State and Adjunct Professor of German, has been teaching her native language at WSU and Sinclair Community College for the last ten years. She has grown up in a small town in the heart of Bavaria and is looking forward to showing off her beautiful country on this Ambassador trip. This will be her second time leading the Ambassador Program to Germany.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will stay in the Meininger Hotel, a hostel in the center of Munich. This location will allow us to easily access public transportation.

tudents will share double, triple or four-bed rooms with showers, television and free internet access over Wi-Fi. 

A daily 3 course buffet breakfast will be provided.
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German language experience is helpful, but not necessary. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5.  All applicants will be interviewed. 
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Before You Leave:

Students will meet two times as a group as well as participate in a mandatory online pre-departure orientation offered by the University Center for International Education before travel to Germany.
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Getting There:

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Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Munich, Germany and are encouraged but not required to be on the same flight to arrive as the same time as the faculty program advisors.   Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
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Program Costs:

The cost of this program is $1760.  This will include lodging, transportation within Germany, entrance fees, some meals and health and accident insurance. 

Tuition, airfare, passport application cost, some meals, passport application costs and personal expenses are NOT included.

 An application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500 are due at the time of application.
$630 is due February 1st
$630 is due April 1st

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program and some scholarships are available.

The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price by up to 10%. All payments are non-refundable.
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.
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Passports and Visas:map

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Program Advisors:

Dr. Renate Sturdevant 

Miriam Powers 
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