Fall 2012 Blog by Davis Craig ’15
The TCNJ School of Business and the TCNJ School of Humanities and Social Sciences, together with the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement and the European Study Center, have established a semester-long study abroad program for TCNJ students in the financial hub of Germany, the European Union’s most powerful member and the heart of European history and culture.
Students – particularly sophomores and juniors – may participate in the fall or spring semesters. (We have created program planners for majors in the School of Business as well as several majors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students in all TCNJ schools may take liberal learning courses that are offered each semester.) Applicants must meet TCNJ requirements for study abroad, and two faculty members must write letters of recommendation to support applications.
Heidelberg is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the home of the German automobile industry, the Black Forest, and Germany’s oldest university. The city has Germany’s best-preserved historical center, with one of the country’s oldest stone bridges and many buildings dating from the medieval and Renaissance periods. Frankfurt, the home of the European Central Bank, is an hour away, and students have additional access to European institutions in nearby Strasbourg, France and Luxembourg. Heidelberg’s historic charm and winning location makes the city a great base for travel throughout the continent.
Students must take four courses, most of which will be worth one TCNJ unit (four credits). (Exceptions to this rule are noted on our course schedules.) Classes are taught at the European Study Center (ESC) and the SRH Heidelberg University. ESC classes – taught by local faculty as well as TCNJ visiting faculty in English – range from Liberal Learning courses to German language classes to offerings in most business disciplines and the social sciences. SRH classes – taught in English by the local German faculty at SRH – offer unique opportunities to take business courses alongside German and international students studying for degrees at SRH.
Students in the program will take at least one course at the ESC, participate in International Week in October at the SRH, and take one course at SRH in order to take advantage of these unique learning opportunities.
German language courses and internships (to be completed after the end of the Spring program – not available in Fall) may be arranged in consultation with the European Study Center and TCNJ. The list of courses in the academic program will be updated as frequently as possible to allow students to plan their study abroad semesters. (Students who would like to take a fifth course will need to talk to the staff of the Center for Global Engagement.)
Students will be enrolled as full-time students at TCNJ and will receive TCNJ credit. Grades for these courses will count in the students’ GPAs at TCNJ. The TCNJ School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International.
European Study Center and SRH Heidelberg
The European Study Center is an educational institution in a prestigious residential neighborhood of Heidelberg, approximately ten minutes from the historic downtown area by public transportation. (Click on the link for an overview of the campus and pictures of the facilities and student residences.) Students will attend classes, have access to computer laboratories, the library, and program coordinators, and participate in extracurricular activities here, and a number of students will also live in the student residences at the ESC. (Students may be housed nearby in other residences – all students will have bedrooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens down the hall.) Students will also be able to take advantage of the facilities of SRH Heidelberg University, and everyone will quickly discover that the entire city of Heidelberg is really a “college town” – over 30,000 students at the University of Heidelberg create a unique atmosphere for academic pursuits and student life.
A co-curricular program of travel is a central part of the TCNJ Heidelberg program, with day trips and a weekend excursion playing a key role in the INB/INT 250 course as well as other program courses. An updated list of destinations for the coming semesters may be found on the ESC website.
Students will also have the opportunity to travel on Germany’s dense network of trains and long-distance busses to various Germany and European destinations. And as we have discovered in the 21st century, air travel in Europe is becoming less expensive, thus making a weekend jaunt to London or Athens possible for study abroad students.
Student in the TCNJ Heidelberg program will be billed for TCNJ tuition and housing at the current rates. As the Heidelberg program does not have a board plan, students will need to cook their meals in the fully-equipped kitchens located in the student residences. (Students who happen to take a course at the SRH campus may eat in the SRH cafeteria.)
TCNJ students receiving financial aid and scholarships will continue to receive this assistance.
Students should refer to the CGE’s application page for guidelines to apply for this program.
Contact the CGE at email@example.com or 609-771-2596.