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 (German Language Village), Bemidji, Minn. 
July 2 - July 14 Credit Program at Waldsee, Bemidji, Minn. 
July 14 Depart for Minneapolis-St. Paul for flights to Berlin
July 15 Arrival in Berlin, travel to Hamburg via train. Tour Hafen. Dinner in the dark at unsicht-Bar restaurant. Overnight in hostel.
July 16 Visit Hamburg. The historic Hanseatic port city of Hamburg has been a hub for commerce and trade since the Middle Ages and remains Germany's largest port city. While in Hamburg the group will take a boat tour of the harbor, visit Chocoversum (https://www.chocoversum.de/en/ a museum dedicated to Schokolade), and visit the dungeon museum. Overnight in hostel.
July 17 - 24 Travel to Bonn via train, begin family stay. Classes continue, with excursions as noted.
Located on the shores of the Rhine River, Bonn was the capital city of West Germany from 1949-1990. Bonn is the home to the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven and Germany’s answer to the Smithsonian - the Haus der Geschichte, which just reopened after a major renovation. 
July 19 Excursion to Cologne with tour of city and Dom, via public transportation.
July 23 Excursion and winery tour in Koblenz and Rhine boat tour from Koblenz to Bonn, via public transportation.
July 24 Farewell potluck dinner with host families,
July 25 Travel to Berlin via train, walking or bike tour of the city. Overnight in hostel.
The LK-Übersee group will complete its journey by visiting 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.
July 26 The group will visit the Hohenschönhausen Memorial (a.k.a the former Stasi secret police museum) and participate in an evening cooking class at 
Über den Tellerrand (a non-profit group dedicated to global understanding through learning to cook foods from other cultures). Overnight in hostel.
July 27 Excursion to Potsdam, via public transportation. Guided tour of Potsdam (the former summer residence of Prussia's kings and Germany's emperors), Schloss Cecilienhof and Schloss Sanssouci. Overnight in hostel. 
July 28 Sunset Reichstag Tour. Overnight in hostel.
July 29 Depart Berlin for Minneapolis-St. Paul. Arrive in 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.

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.

Kai, Credit Abroad Teacher


A graduate from the German Department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., as well as many of the programs offered at Waldsee itself, I am excited to be co-leading the credit abroad trip this summer. I am very excited to bring Waldsee with us to Germany. In previous summers, I have led multiple classes on Berlin (on life, art, history and music) as well as some rock bands and one class on German calligraphy. I have also been an integral part of planning teams for the evening programs and have brought many new activities to the overall program. 

Outside of Waldsee, I have spent a significant amount of time in Berlin, living with my family as well as host families. I have also lived in the outskirts of Innsbruck, Austria, as well as Salzburg. This experience has given me insight into what it means to speak "correct" German and to work on giving my students the experience of interacting with many different dialects and cultures within the German-speaking world.

Currently, I am a "Specials" Teacher at the German International School of Portland. This includes teaching Music, Sport and German-as-a-foreign-language (DaF) for the Pre-K classrooms. I am excited to continue teaching over the summer, and this time for a group a bit older!