German Studies

Grüß Gott!

Greetings from Salzburg!

The ten students in the Fall 2014 Salzburg group visited the most beautiful example of Austrian Baroque at the Melk monastery, stood before the grave of miraculous Saint Walburga in the Eichstätt convent, walked the streets of Eichstätt to see Germany's largest collection of Baroque buildings, ate dinner in an old castle, marveled at the immensity of Nürnberg's Altstadt, learned about the Third Reich at the new Documentaton Center at the former NSDAP party rally grounds, and saw the lovely library and monastery church in Metten. And these are just the highlights! The students soaked up knowledge like sponges, making comparisons, integrating knowledge and experience, and asking probing questions.

They also took a field trip to Sankt Pantaleon for a tour with Austrian writer Ludwig Laher of the sites commemorating the presence of a work camp and holding camps for Sinti and Roma in the area. Laher (pictured above, back row on the right) was the perfect guide through a very sobering history in this beautiful area.

Contributed by director, Anna Lisa Ohm


Preparing you for the 21st Century

Picture yourself studying German on our two beautiful campuses -- Saint Ben's and Saint John's -- and at our two campuses in Europe, Salzburg and Eichstätt near Munich! The architecture, woods and lakes of Saint Ben's and Saint John's reflect the parts of Bavaria where our founders came from.

Into the salt mines near Salzburg

Salzburg's Renaissance and Baroque architecture

Enjoy hiking and skiing in the Alps around Salzburg!

The main street of Salzburg -- beautiful!

The beautiful city of Munich is a 90 minute train ride away!

The wondrous city of Munich nearby


Study German, see the World
Fall Term during your Sophomore or Junior Year

Join your friends to study in Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Besides becoming fluent in spoken German, you will learn about the cultures surrounding German and Austria by seeing them first-hand! Saint John's and Saint Ben's are ranked number one in the country for the number of students who student abroad!

Live in Salzburg, the city of Mozart's music, majestic mountains, and many architectural masterpieces. Take classes at the world famous University of Salzburg including political science, art history, philosophy, senior seminar, and of course German! Join your friends on excursions to destinations in Austria and Germany to enhance your knowledge of history, art and architecture, and cultural differences within German-speaking lands.

Picture yourself taking advantage of cultural events, folk festivals, art museums, skiing in the Alps, soccer matches and world-class concerts! In Salzburg you will be living and studying in the very center of Europe, within easy reach of cities like Munich, Nuremberg, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Budapest, Paris, Venice and Athens.

For more information about our program in German email us at

More advanced students can take advantage of our wonderful -- and financially very advantageous -- exchange program with Eichstätt University just North of Munich.

Study with enthusiastic professors who love European culture, music, philosophy, film studies, politics, gender studies, literature, art, architecture and taking students abroad. We are here to help you get the most out of your four-year plan.

Take more German and see where it takes you.

Course Offerings

German Minor

GERM 212 plus 16 upper-division credits

German Major

212 plus 324 (or 325) plus 30 additional upper-division credits

The Salzburg semester and or the Eichstätt semester are strongly encouraged for both majors and minors.

Program Features

Come to CSB/SJU and you can:

  • Study abroad and do an internship in Germany or Austria.
  • Become friends with teaching assistants from Germany who live at CSB and SJU!
  • Join the German Club - and make life-long friends who also love to travel and learn about languages and culture.

Often students taking German at Saint Ben's and Saint John's plan their four-year schedule to include a major or minor in German as well as a major or minor in another subject like Global Leadership (management), economics, music, physics, chemistry, psychology, French, education, art, or political science. Actually, any combination is possible and desirable in our increasingly global world.

German is also a popular major or minor for pre-med, pre-law and pre-engineering students. Give yourself an edge in the global economy and in global research by becoming immersed in a culture that lies at the heart of Europe.