Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

Study Abroad first-hand experience in a German-speaking country is essential for any serious student of German. In conjunction with the Study Abroad Office, the Department of German makes available a variety of programs, including study opportunities in Augsburg, Bonn, Freiburg, and Vienna.

For a comprehensive, searchable list of domestic and international study and research opportunities, sources of funding, scholarships, fellowships, internships, programs abroad, and more, click here.


A maximum of 12 credits from abroad may apply toward the German majors.  All study abroad credits must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Pitt in Germany (Augsburg Program)

Participants enroll directly in regular courses at the Universität Augsburg and/or in the university language center courses, all of which are taught in German. Students can design a highly individualized program based on the course offerings in Augsburg after consulting with Pitt’s German department advisor. Students usually take three to four courses for a total of six to eight credits. For Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences students, studying at the Universität Augsburg fulfills all but the non-western portion of the Foreign Culture requirement.


At the time of application, students:

  • Must be a Pitt undergraduate student with a QPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Must have taken two courses at the 1000-level (1000, 1001, 1003 and higher, excluding GER 1002)
  • Must demonstrate serious academic interest in the German-speaking world
  • Must have taken one 1100-level course (can be taken in the spring term before studying in Augsburg)
  • Must enroll in GER 1103 for the spring term before studying in Augsburg

An informational open house is offered early in the fall term. Please contact Professor Clark Muenzer (

Other Study Abroad Opportunities

Pitt offers approved study abroad programs at a number of other institutions in German-speaking countries.  Please check the list of approved programs on the website of the Office of Study Abroad for a current list of these.

For more information about study in Augsburg or other study abroad opportunities in German-speaking countries, e-mail Leslie Ann Smedley or phone her at 412-383-7163 in the Study Abroad Office for more information.