The faculty director for the Spring ’13 Schorndorf program will be Professor Patricia Calkins.
The “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 the following courses: GERM 310 German Lifelines (4 credits, fulfilling Cornerstone 4B or HP in the Engaged Citizenship general education curriculum); GERM 215 German Cultural Project (4 credits); WLCS 297 Study Abroad Reflection (2 credits), and 8 credits of intensive German language for a total of 18 credits for the term.
What’s it like in Schorndorf?
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 $2,900. In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Schorndorf of approximately $1,000 from Des Moines.
Students must take and pass a one-credit hour orientation 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 2013 program, students should submit the following items by Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 to the Office of International Education (located in Maple House at 705 North D Street, across from the campus center construction site):
- Two copies of the completed application form
- A one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
- A copy of your current degree audit.
- 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).
- A copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then provide a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out).
- Proof of having made a non-refundable $200 deposit payment to the 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.
When you drop off your application materials at the Office of International Education, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the International Education Coordinator, which will take place during the week of Mar. 12, 2012.
Students will be notified of their status in the Schorndorf program during the week of Mar. 19, 2012. A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by Oct. 15, 2012.
Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board prior to December 31, 2012.
For more information, contact:
Professor of German
International Education Coordinator
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288