Apply early: spaces are limited. All application materials and interview must be completed prior to March 1.

The German High School Credit Abroad program is offered in partnership with Xperitas (xperitas.org), an educational travel company of distinction.

For two weeks, students participate fully in the High School Credit Program at Waldsee. For the final two weeks, participants and teachers travel to Germany for family stays and cultural excursions.

The Credit Abroad Programs are for students ages 16-18, by start date of the program, who have completed at least one year of high school
language study (preference given to two years or more).

 

2018 Program Itinerary (subject to change)

High School Credit Abroad Germany, July 2-July 29, 2018 Preliminary Itinerary (Subject to Change)
July 2 Opening Day, Waldsee, arrival 2 - 4:30 p.m.
July 2 - July 14 Credit Program in the German Language Village – Minnesota
July 14 Depart for Minneapolis-St. Paul for flight to Berlin
July 15 Arrival in Berlin, Train to Hamburg. Hostel
July 15 Afternoon boat tour of Hafen, Dinner in the dark at Unsicht-Bar. Hostel
July 16 Hamburg: visits to Chocoversum and Hamburg Dungeon. Hostel
The LK-Übersee group will begin its German adventure in the historic Hanseatic port city of Hamburg. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Hamburg has been a hub for commerce and trade, a tradition that still continues today. While in Hamburg the group will … For more on Hamburg, see:  www.hamburg.de
July 17 - 24 Train to Bonn: transfer together to your family stay community, meals and time with host family. Classes and excursions continue during this week.
The city of Bonn was the capital of the Rederal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1990. Bonn is also known as the home of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and hosts Germany's answer to the Smithsonian - the Haus der Geschichte history museum.  While in Bonn, participants will be paired with host families but continue to meet for classes and excursions.  There will be extended time with the host families on the weekend.  For more on the city of Bonn, see: www.bonn.de
July 19 Excursion to Cologne with tour of city and Dom. Public transportation.  
July 23 Winery tour in Koblenz and Rhine boat tour from Koblenz to Bonn. Public Transportation 
July 24 Last night with host families. Farewell potluck dinner together.
July 25 Quedlinburg. Bus, hostel. 
Quedlinburg sits in the middle of the Harz Mountains just to the southwest of Berlin. One of Germany’s best preserved “fairytale cities”, the old town boasts dozens of half-timber buildings dating back to the medieval period and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more on Quedlinburg, see: www.quedlinburg.de
July 26 Berlin: Late afternoon walking or biking tour of city. Train, Hostel.
Finally, the LK-Übersee group will complete its journey in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. Here the group will explore the multi-layered history and culture of Berlin, once a divided city and now a thriving metropolis. Highlights of the groups stay in Berlin will include… For more on the city of Berlin, see: www.berlin.de
July 27 Berlin: Tour of Hohenschönhausen Memorial, Evening Cooking Course at Über den Tellerand. Public transportation, hostel.
July 28 Berlin, Potsdam: Day trip to Potsdam; Guided tour of Schloss Cecilienhof and Schloss Sanssouci; Sunset Reichstag Tour.
July 29 Depart Berlin for Minneapolis-St. Paul.

 

Program Costs Include:

  • Tuition, including high school credit with transcript
  • Room and board, both in Minnesota and abroad
  • Travel from the Language Villages to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport
  • Round trip flights from MSP to destination
  • Travel within the country abroad
  • Excursions, cultural events and guided tours in the itinerary

Program Staff

Teachers are carefully selected and have strong backgrounds in teaching language and culture. Credit programs are directed and supervised by leaders with years of teaching experience, advanced degrees and Concordia Language Villages experience. Our staffing ratio is 1:4 and meets or exceeds national standards for overnight camps. The staffing ratio reflects the total number of staff in a Village who are responsible for engaging with and supervising participants, as teachers, counselors and program leaders. The overall ratio varies from activity to activity during the course of the Village day, from large-group instruction to small-group interaction. Your child will also have the opportunity for many individual conversations to further develop language and culture skills.