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 (, 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).

If any of this sounds like fun to you, check out how to apply.

2019 Program Itinerary (subject to change)

High School Credit Abroad Germany & Austria, July 1-28, 2019 (Itinerary Subject to Change)
July 1 Arrival at Waldsee, Concordia German Language Village, Bemidji, Minn. 
July 2 - July 13 High School Credit program at Waldsee, Bemidji, Minn. 
July 13 Travel by bus from Waldsee to Minneapolis, then by air from Minneapolis to Munich, 
arrive July 14
July 14 -15 Tour beautiful Salzburg, including Mozart’s birthplace, a ropes course and the 
Sommer Rodelbahn; continue with classes
July 16 - 23 Family stay in the Salzburg area – meet your Austrian family, learn about everyday life 
and enjoy local cuisine!
July 24 Travel by train to Vienna
July 25 - 27 See historic Vienna, including a bike tour and visits to Naschmarkt, the State Opera 
House, Hofburg Palace, Haus der Musik and Gustav Klimt’s famous “Die Frau in Gold”; 
finish classes
July 28 Travel by air from Vienna to Minneapolis, arrive July 28


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.

Johanna, Credit Abroad Facilitator

My first experience at Waldsee was as a credit teacher in the summer of 2007. Waldsee fully exceeded my expectations. The following summer, I lead a trip to Germany, returned to Waldsee to teach and then moved to Linz, Austria to teach English with the Fulbright program. I am very excited to be leading the high school credit abroad program for the second time this year. It's going to be an amazing journey! I truly believe that Waldsee is the greatest preparation there is for traveling or living abroad. Through simulation and guided exposure to culture and language, the villagers are immersed in a new world rather than overwhelmed. At Waldsee villagers are surrounded and supported by a community that is invested in their success. Our credit abroad villagers will get to take that with them as they explore Berlin, meet their host families and put all of their learning in the Village to use. After two weeks of Waldsee, I can't wait to see what the villagers are able to do in Germany! 

I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. I studied abroad in Bonn, Magdeburg and Minden. I spent two summers working at camps for German youth and volunteering as a conservationist in Switzerland through the Bergwaldprojekt.

Matze, Credit Abroad Teacher

I have spent a significant portion of the last decade living, studying, and working in various parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. In that time, I developed a profound passion for the German language and the dynamic cultures of the German-speaking people. What I find most rewarding, however, is when I can share my passion and my knowledge with other language learners, igniting that spark of interest and then fostering their curiosity and affinity towards the language and culture. For this reason, I am ecstatic to be returning to Waldsee this summer to teach in the Credit Abroad program!

Waldsee, with its energetic and inclusive nature, became a home for me in the summer of 2015. I had just graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Multi-Age German Education, and I was amazed with just how much German the villagers learned in a few short weeks. Afterwards, I went on to teach English in Leipzig, Germany, with the Fulbright Program, and I was intent on including the same level of excitement and adventure in my classroom that I had seen at Waldsee. This drive to instill the spirit of Waldsee followed me back to the United States, when I returned to pursue my master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Nowadays, I also recognize how heavily I incorporate the essence of Waldsee into my middle-school German class every day.

Essentially, I have not yet encountered another place similar to Waldsee throughout my journey as a language pedagogue, and I cannot wait to return and partake in another amazing summer this year!