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German Program Distinctions

 

FULBRIGHT TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP AWARDS TO GERMANY & AUSTRIA
Truly distinctive of the EMU German Program is that since 2004, numerous Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Awards were granted to EMU students to teach English in a German-speaking country. To date, this track-record exceeds that of any other department at this university. Furthermore, the successes of EMU German students in a strong pool of national competitors attests to the strengths to both the quality of students and the EMU German Program. The following are the recipients of this prestigious award:

  • 2004-2005, Adrienne Muncy, Germany
  • 2004-2005, Joshua Gartner, Austria
  • 2005-2006, Adrienne Muncy, Germany - (renewal)
  • 2005-2006, Joshua Gartner, Austria - (renewal)
  • 2006-2007, Jason Bishop, Germany
  • 2008-2009, Jason Fischer, Germany
  • 2014-2015, Elaine Gurich, Germany
  • 2017-2018, Jessica Wenzel, Germany - semi finalist (application still pending)

GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL CAREERS (LIC)
The Language for International Career (LIC) degree program includes three semesters of in depth training in Business German and international and cultural courses. Students can choose any minor, however, we advise them to minor in International Business, International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, or any Business minor offered in College of Business (COB). Given that the state of Michigan has over 200 German companies, graduates from the LIC program in German have the opportunity to find careers in their home state. The efforts of Professor Margrit Zinggeler help to ensure that LIC students are placed in internships and employment with German companies in Michigan and abroad. She organizes visits to German companies each semester. In recent years, Professor Zinggeler has built strong ties e.g. with a Daimler company, Detroit-Diesel, and German Machine Tools of America, as well as with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, MI-Chapter.

STUDY ABROAD

1) Institut für Internationale Kommunication (IIK), Düsseldorf, Germany
6-weeks intensive German language traning at any level; students stay with host families. Satisfies GERMAN 490, required of German majors.

2) JUSTUS LIEBIG UNIVERSITY in Gießen, Germany
Students can study for one or two semesters at JLU. A minimum one semester includes satisfiying the graduation requirement of GERN 490 for German majors. Students can take up to EMU 15 credits/semester.

3) Alternative Program – Die Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik, (through Portland State University, Portland, OR)
Intensive five-week German summer program. Several EMU German students participating were awarded the Baden Württemberg scholarship to study abroad for the academic year (2009-2010 [Mike Vianueva] and 2015-2016 [Laura Gibbons]) in Germany.

4) Internships Abroad. EMU German students also have the opportunity to do a three to four month internship abroad during the summer. Recently, a student of the LIC program did a three-month internships a the Ministry of Finance with the German Government in Berlin. She also was awarded the Prechter Scholarship by the German-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter ($ 2000 to support her travel).

5) OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview)
Since 2001 the German Program has had a certified OPI Full Tester, Professor Carla Damiano, which gives all students studying German – from the 100 level through the graduate level – the advantage of practicing oral interviews with a certified tester prior to completing the official OPI for MTTC, required for teacher candidates. All students benefit from the program's emphasis on oral proficiency.

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF GERMAN TO STUDY ABROAD

Since 2005 the German Program has been the beneficiary of endowed scholarships:
Dr. John R. Hubbard Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Maria Schultz Rohde Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Egbert R. and Florentine O. Isbell Endowed Scholarship
German Faculty Scholarship (expendable)

GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY
Since Fall 2004, the German Section has hosted the annual German-American Day outreach and recruiting event during the first week in October (program and German dinner in Student Center).

STUDENT RESEARCH

1). Undergraduate Symposium Student Presentations
The German section has mentored students for the UG symposium since 2002. The Undergraduate Symposium is EMU's premier event which showcases undergraduate research. The German program is the proud beneficiary of the Tom and Mary Layher Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), which awards to one student per year $ 2000 funding to use towards a research project, and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member. The scholarship is renewable.

2) Graduate Research Fair
The German program also supports graduate research, and graduate students can participate annually in the Graduate Research Fair.

GRADUATE FUNDING

Graduate students have the opportunity to receive a Graduate Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship.

GERMAN CLUB

GERMAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

 

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