Spring 2019

An information meeting to learn more about the 2019 program will be held on Thurs., Feb. 22 at 11:45am in the Watson Seminar Room (Carver Science Center Room 313).  All are welcome!

Offered in spring semesters of odd numbered years. 

For Spring 2019, the program will be directed by Biology Professor Pat Singer.

Wendover_C3_Germany_1--smallThe “Simpson Experience Abroad” in Schorndorf, Germany offers students an intensive living and learning experience in Germany. The program is located in Schorndorf, a city of 40,000 some 30 minutes from Stuttgart. Students live with German families and receive daily instruction in German language, culture, history and literature. Theater, opera, concerts and museums in Stuttgart provide the advantages of a large city. On weekends, students travel to cultural and historical sites. Included are also week-long study tours to Berlin and Munich. Students depart in early January and return in late April, before the start of May Term.

Students on the program will take 8 credits of intensive German language taught by faculty at the Schorndorf Volkshochschule; SEA 264 In-country study abroad reflection, 4 credits, GP in the ECC); and a 4-credit course entitled, “The Culture of Sustainability in Germany” taught by Professor Singer for a total of 16 credits for the term.

What’s it like in Schorndorf?

Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom in Germany.

Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom in Germany.

The Schorndorf Program is one of Simpson College’s premier educational experiences. Recently returned Simpson students named as highlights of the program:

  • living with a German family
  • traveling around Germany
  • living German culture, not just learning about it
  • visiting Berlin and Munich
  • the opportunity to visit other countries

Cost of the program

To participate in the program, students pay Simpson tuition, room and board plus a program fee of $3,000 – $3,500.  In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Schorndorf of approximately $1,300 from Des Moines.


Students must take and pass a one-credit preparation course during the fall semester preceding the semester in Schorndorf. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.5 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad. Students must also have successfully completed three semesters of college German or the equivalent.

To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by Thursday, March 29, 2018.  An application includes:

  • Creating an account on the online application system, and then completing the online application process on that site.
  • Writing a one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
  • Providing the names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor) on your skills, abilities, and character.

Students-in-Schorndorf-smalThen, upload the following to your SC Connect account:

  • a copy of your Simpson College degree audit.  Once you’ve obtained your degree audit on your SC Connect account, right click within the web browser and “Select All”. Then right click again and select “Copy”. Open a new document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to Landscape. Then Right click in the document to “Paste” the Degree Audit into the new Word document. Save this document as a .pdf file by selecting “PDF” from the “Save file type” drop down menu which is located below the file name.  Then upload the file
  • a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out). Please note: you are not required to submit that completed passport application, the supporting documentation or the associated processing fee to the Warren County Recorder’s Office or any other passport application processing site until you’ve received notification that you have been accepted into a travel course.
  • Proof that you’ve made a $200 non-refundable deposit to the Simpson College Business Office.  This deposit is applied to the program cost, upon acceptance to the program, and will be credited back to the student’s account should they not be accepted into the program.

    Study Abroad Schorndorf Square

    Schorndorf Marktplatz

  • When you submit your completed application materials, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the Director of International Education, which will take place during the week of Apr. 2, 2018.

Students will be notified of their status in the Schorndorf program during the week of Apr. 9, 2018.  A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by Oct. 15, 2018.

Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board by January 2, 2019.

For more information, contact:

Jay Wilkinson 

Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288