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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dresden, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Freiburg, Germany; Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Two Qtrs (A/W), Two Qtrs (S/A), Two Qtrs (W/Sp), Winter Quarter, Year (A/W/Sp)
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
  • Courses: View UW Course Equivalencies

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: German UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm, shannonq
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2. Sophomore
Program Information:
Location Multiple locations in Germany
Academic Term Autumn Quarter / Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter / Summer Quarter
Credits 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter; students must enroll in a minimum of 8 weeks (120 hours) per quarter to ensure full-time student status
Eligibility 2.75 GPA preferred
Language Instruction in English and Germany
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline March 15 (A), September 15 (W),
December 15 (Sp), March 15 (S)
General This program is geared to students who would like to either begin to learn German, or advance existing skills in the German language. Courses will be taken at a language school alongside other foreign students.
With 19 institute locations in Germany and 147 worldwide, the Goethe Institut is one of the most widely recognized and respected German language schools in the world. Founded in 1951, the Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote German language abroad and to foster cultural relations." In addition to its language and culture courses, the Goethe Institut organizes cultural activities, trips and social events for its students.


This program is offered in various sites throughout Germany, including Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Munich, and more! For information regarding each site, please visit the program website.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.


The Goethe Institut caters to beginning, intermediate and advanced students of German. No previous knowledge of the language is required to enroll. At the time of application, students submit a brief written test (available on the institutes' websites) to determine their proficiencies in German. This test serves as a general guide for course placement; however, final placement decisions are made on site following an oral interview.

The Goethe Institut offers intimate and interactive learning environments. Classes are small (10-15 students) with instructional emphases placed on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, conversation and grammar. A variety of teaching tools are employed to cater to various learning styles. Students generally enroll for one or more 8-week sessions at Goethe. A minimum of 8 weeks is required for full-time status and FSTDY Registration at the UW. In general, students earn 12 credits of German per 8-week session.

Please visit the program website to learn more about the courses available. In addition, please read the past student evaluations (Goethe Institute-Berlin.pdfGoethe Institute-Dusseldorf.pdfGoethe Institute-Munich.pdf) to learn about the program as a whole.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



For an additional fee, the Goethe Institut offers accommodations: shared apartments, guesthouses or student residences (availability of options is dependent on location and term(s)). Additional information about housing is available on the accommodation page of the Goethe Institut web site

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The UW Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the Goethe Institute. For information on applying with Goethe, please see the application and registration section on the Goethe Institute site.



To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.