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.

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!