Würzburg English-Language Programme:

Intercultural Studies – Inside Germany



Classes in Winter 2016/2017

1.    German Art History (Vst.-Nr. 0400001)
Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 19th October through 21st December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

2.    Culture and Life in Germany: An applied Geography (Vst.-Nr. 0400002)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 18th October through 20th December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

3.    Folklike Germany: Customs and Traditions (Vst.-Nr. 040003)
Monday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from 17th October through 19th December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: Lisa Herrmann M.A.

4.    An Introduction to German Law (Vst.-Nr. 0400004)
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 13th October through 15th December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: PD Dr. Karin Linhart

5.    State and Religion – Religion and State: the German System (Vst.-Nr. 0400005)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from 18th October through 20th December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 21
Lecturer: Dr. Dr. Jürgen Buchner M.A.

6.    From Rome to Maastricht and beyond: The History of the European Union (Vst.-Nr. 0400006)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from 19th October through 21st December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: Sabrina Hüttner M.A.

7.    The First World War: Battlefronts, Homefronts, and Historical Memory (Vst.-Nr. 0400007)
Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m./noon, from 14th October through 16th December
Philosophie-Gebäude – Room 18
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Wayne Riggs (Flagler College, FL, USA)

8.    Medical Ethics in Germany (Vst.-Nr. 0400008)
Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m., from 19th October through 21st December
Zentrales Hörsaal- und Seminargebäude – Room 2.005
Lecturer: Dr. Alexander Pyrges 


Vorlesungsverzeichnis / Class Schedule

Next Term's Projected Classes



Application Form

For participation please fill in the application form below and send it back to the programme responsible.

Application Form

For more detailed information, please refer to the below mentioned contact.

Application Deadline
for Winter Semester 2016/2017: 30 September 2016,
for Summer Semester 2017: 28 April 2017,
for Winter Semester 2017/2018: 29 September 2017,
for Summer Semester 2018: 27 April 2018.




Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.
Dean's Office Faculty of Philosophy
University of Würzburg
Am Hubland 97074 Würzburg

Room 7 / U / 1
Phone: ++49 (0) 931 – 31-80781 or -31-85656
Fax:     ++49 (0) 931-31-84601
peter.suesz@uni-wuerzburg.de or amerikanistik@uni-wuerzburg.de


Dr. Süß is out of office from April 10th until April 21th 2017.


Das Büro ist in der Zeit vom 10.04.2017 bis einschl. 21.04.2017 nicht besetzt.



Key Facts and Objectives

The programme is addressed to students from all countries and disciplines who wish to augment their intercultural skills and to gain a better understanding of Germany as their host country

One-semester course programme fits into ten-week period:

13 October to 21 December in Winter 2016/2017,
15 May to 21 July in Summer 2017,
12 October to 20 December in Winter 2017/2018,
14 May to 20 July 2018.

One-year stay, equivalent to two complete semesters, optional

Classes open to both students from abroad and German students of the University of Würzburg

Participants free to select and attend one or more classes according to their preferences and interests

Interdisciplinary and internationally orientated classes designed to promote intercultural competence and advance more profound insights into key aspects of German civilization:
History, Politics, the Law, the Economy, the Arts, etc.

Opportunity to interact and enhance/practice English-language proficiency inside and outside of the classroom

Language of instruction: English

Practical German language classes (German as a foreign language) during or in-between semesters optional, (taught by the Zentrum für Sprachen, Am Hubland, Matthias Lexer Weg 25, 97074 Würzburg, Phone: ++49 (0) 931 – 31-85659, Fax: ++ 49 (0) 931 – 31-85698, zfs@uni-wuerzburg.de)





Classes may be taken for credit within the framework of modularized study programmes, e. g. the BA, but the programme as such does not offer an own final graduation (BA, MA).

Acquisition of language requirement

Preparation for prolonged stay in Germany

Supplementation of individual academic careers

Preparation for national and international careers in both academic and non-academic sectors, meeting the demands of careers requiring expertise in multi- and transnational contexts

Potential non-academic employers placing emphasis on intercultural experience include museums, festival organization, the media and publishing, advertising and public relations, consulting, international organizations and government organizations dealing with cultural relations, as well as multinational private business companies in various areas of industry.




The programme is taught by specialists in their various disciplines. Instructors have a wide range of specializations and cultural interests and encourage trans- and interdisciplinary approaches in classwork.
The main staff of the programme comprises the following persons:

Programme Director: Dr. Peter A. Süß M.A.

Coordinator: Frau Lisa Herrmann M.A.



Requirements and Admission

The programme invites all students intending to spend a study-abroad semester/year at the University of Würzburg or already registered there, irrespective of their chosen courses of study. Excellent English-language skills constitute the sole precondition for participation in the programme. These skills can be documented by a Bachelor of Arts degree in English or American Studies, by the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an equivalent language certificate. A good command of German is helpful but not obligatory.
Prospective students are expected to have a distinctive interest in the field of intercultural studies and in the relevant areas of German culture.

Examination Requirements:

  • Regular attendance, session minutes and two written papers, or
  • Regular attendance, three written papers, or
  • Regular attendance, session minutes and written exam, or
  • Regular attendance, term paper and oral presentation in class.

Eagerly interested students may optionally increase the number of credit points procured by the classes in submitting an additional term paper.



Additional Offers

Every semester the programme offers also extracurricular activities. Manifold events outside the classroom include receptions by state authorities and visits to local museums, as well as guided tours and excursions (e.g., to Bamberg). Social life is fostered by a wine tasting and a brewery visit.

Reception of “WELP”-students by Dr. Paul Beinhofer (1st person on the left),
Governor of Lower Franconia, on November 28th, 2012. Photo: Lydia Neubert.

Classes Offered or Projected

Classes Offered or Projected at Present