In addition to its offering German courses the German Studies Department offers other activities that help provide students with a more broad knowledge of German culture.
The German Club offers students activities throughout the year and promotes the German Table, or Stammtisch, which is a place where students can practice their German-speaking skills. The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Library is located in the German Department and is open to the entire Boston College community. The Luther Index Verborum is an ongoing major scholarly project housed in the Department with an online database of Martin Luther's Writings.
Finally, the German Department has been successful with its students applying for the Fulbright Scholarship. In 1998 seven students received the Fulbright Scholarship for post-graduate work in Germany, which was the most that year of any university in the United States. More recently in 2006-2007 we actually produced 13 Fulbright scholars. Boston Globe
"Hat flies off pointy head of middle-class man: German expressionist poetry, identity and clothing"
Boston College German Studies Associate Professor Rachel Freudenburg and her students read and discuss German expressionist poetry and their own translations of the works. The reading was held in the McMullen Museum of Art as a part of Reclaiming a Lost Generation, an exhibition of German self-portraits from the Feldberg collection that were created during the years 1923-1933.
Freudenburg is introduced by Nancy Netzer, director of the McMullen Museum of Art.
Activities and Resources
The German Club is Boston College's student-run organization for the promotion of German language and culture. The primary purpose of the German Club is to act as a forum to keep people involved in the German language and German Studies connected to each other. Thus the German Club serves undergraduate students at BC, graduate students, and international students—even faculty and staff participate in Club activities. Anyone can join.
The Club organizes social functions such as an Oktoberfest, a Christmas party, and a weekly German Table. Each year we celebrate the beginning of the Fall semester with a picnic at Hovey House to welcome our students. For more information visit the Club's Facebook site or contact the club's officers.
Associate Professor Rachel Freudenburg
Jasmine Schmidt (Vice President)
Jiaxi Wu (Treasurer)
Stammtisch is a weekly opportunity for students to come together and practice speaking German in an informal setting. Topics of current events are discussed as well as "Alltagsgespräche". Snacks are always served!
An important academic asset of the Department of German Studies is the Heinz Bluhm Memorial Library, containing approximately 4,000 volumes from the collection of the late Heinz Bluhm (1907-1993). Professor Bluhm was the founder (in 1968) and long-time chair (1968-1976) of the Department of Germanic Studies.
The Library consists chiefly of the Germanic volumes from Professor Bluhm's own extensive personal research library which he amassed over the period of more than six decades. Upon his death in November of 1993 Professor Bluhm bequeathed his collection to Boston College. The particular strengths of the Library are (1) Martin Luther, (2) the Age of Goethe and (3) Nietzsche, although the full spectrum of German life and letters—from the Middle Ages well into the Twentieth Century—is richly represented as well.
The Library opened in the summer of 1996. It is located in Lyons Hall 201E on the Boston College middle campus. The Library is open during the academic year on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is available for use by the entire Boston College community.
The Index Verborum is a reference guide that accesses over 323 German writings of Martin Luther, from the critical historical period of 1516 through 1525. This searchable database will facilitate scholars' ability to rapidly ascertain locations of specific words in original text sources, allowing ready access to Luther's linguistic or contextual usage, and hence, enabling analysis of his original meaning or intent.
- go to the Boston College Library's catalog - databases, or
- use this link https://htmldbprod.bc.edu/prd/f?p=726
In recent years the Department of German Studies has enjoyed unusual success in promoting its own graduating seniors (most particularly its majors and minors) for Fulbright Fellowships to Germany and Austria. Since 2001 we have averaged six Fulbright Fellows per year to German-speaking Europe.
In the competition for 1998-1999 a total of seven Boston College students received Fulbright grants to Germany—more than any other university in the United States. We had our all-time record of 13 in 2006-2007. More recently, in 2010, there were four recipients for Germany and one for Austria, and in 2011 there was a total of seven.
The Fulbright Fellowship provides a full stipend for one academic year of study at a foreign university. Perhaps more importantly, it represents a prestigious life-long distinction which is of inestimable value later in life.
Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the Fulbright application as early as possible in their careers at Boston College. All who are interested should e-mail Professor Michael Resler of the German Studies Department.
General information is provided by The Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Students are encouraged to participate in an internship in Germany to learn first-hand about daily life and business practices.
Brief Program Description
Since the internship program began in January 2004 we’ve had participants. Twenty-two of the internships have been obtained via our partners at the USA-Interns Program in Frankfurt.
Our partnership began in 2005 when Vladmir Ilic, a 2006 Carroll School of Management graduate, did a paid internship at the Frankfurt office of Cerberus, a private equity firm. Most recently, in summer 2015, USA-Interns placed three Boston College students:
- John Ebersole (MCAS '18) will do research at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
- Jake Ciafone (MCAS '18) will intern at the Hessisches Ministerium für Soziales und Integration in Wiesbaden.
- Nicholas Crain (CSOM '17) will be interning in the Mayor's Office/Treasurer of the City of Frankfurt.
In addition 2015 MCAS graduate Maria Nero was accepted to participate in the 2015-2016 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a highly competitive year-long study and internship program.
Michael George, a '04 graduate in economics, was our very first intern. He completed a year-long internship at the Munich office of Intel and is now working at Vodaphone in Düsseldorf. Toward the end of his stint at Intel he gave a one-hour presentation at their Zürich office entirely in German. He was rightly proud of this, since his German was only at the intermediate level when he first arrived in Munich.
Michael was succeeded in Munich by interns Craig Zematis and Katherine McDaniel. Craig received a regular position with Intel in the UK and has since moved back to Boston. Unfortunately the Munich office has now been downsized and all future internships are in Dublin and open only to EU residents.
However, there are many other specialized programs through DAAD such the RISE summer internship program for biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering majors. Combine a DAAD summer course grant which pays part of your transportation costs and a summer internship in order to spend a whole summer in Germany.
In addition to these internships there are many other possibilities. If you would like information about these or any other internships please contact Ursula Mangoubi, German Studies Department.
The Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt offers a teaching assistant position for the academic year 2018/2019, either one semester or whole academic year. The CU is a top-ranked university in the middle of Bavaria, about 40 miles outside of Munich, Germany. The teaching period is October 15, 2018 to February 9, 2019 and April 23, 2019 to July 27, 2019. Since the summer program will begin in April, it is ideal for graduate students who are finishing an interim study or research semester.
Brief Program Description
The Boston College—CU Teaching Assistant Program offers a German-speaking BC graduate student the opportunity to live, teach and do research in one of the most beautiful areas of Germany. The TA will receive an installment of EUR 2000 at the beginning of the winter semester for two classes (if they stay two semesters also at the beginning of the spring semester). At the end of the semester the TA will be paid for the other two classes as follows: EUR 25 per hours, in total about EUR 1200 - 1400. Remuneration per semester: approximately EUR 3250. The TA will teach four courses, each with one 90-minute session per week for a total of six contact hours per week. In addition to teaching, the assistant will is a regular full-time student and may attend seminars and classes in all faculties and departments. Applicants must have a good—though not necessarily fluent—command of German. The CU will offer the TA the opportunity to take additional German classes to improve their German skills.
The graduate teaching assistant will teach the courses "US Current Events," "English Conversation," "Debating and Discussion" and either "Oral and Aural Competences" or "Current US Media."
Debating and Discussion
The course focuses on improving the oral use of English and cultivating the students debating skills. Homework class material usually pertains to a topic that can be discussed in class.
US Current Events
The aim of this class should be to connect isolated events with deeper structures of American culture and society, based on articles taken from the national and international press. Class time can be taken up with discussion or short readings or mock debates.
The International Office will reserve adequate accommodation, if requested by sending the housing form, either for an academic year or one semester. Costs depend on kind of accommodation.
Application materials should include the regular documents, as well as a copy of bachelor degree—which may be sent later) by May 15, 2018 to the International office:
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Ms. Jessica Hofmacher
D-85072 Eichstätt, Germany
phone +49-8421-93-1267, fax +49-8421-93-2267
- German Permanent Mission to UN
- Germany Embassy, Washington, DC
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Federal Ministry of Economics
- Federal Government
- Catholic University of Eichstätt
- University of Potsdam
- WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
- Burg Eltz
- Yahoo! Deutschland
- Information about German cities and towns
- City of Cologne/Köln
- Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
- Deutsche Bibliothek, Leipzig
- German Inforadio
- Skiing in Austria
- University of Vienna
- Austria Forum
- APAnet Welcome!
- Austrian Press and Information Service, Washington, DC
- Salzburg Seminar
- Guide to Austrian Beer
- Vienna Online
- The Tirol
- Austrian Radio
- Deutsche Welle
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Der Spiegel
- Die Zeit
- De MSN
- STERN MAGAZIN Index
- Das Sonntagsblatt
- taz von heute
- Die Welt Titelseite
- WOCHENPOST FOYER
- Wirtschaftswoche Heute
German Culture and Language
- German course on Deutsche Welle
- Today's German TV Listings
- Velotours (biking and boat tours around lake areas)
- Deutsch im Blick (free first year program from Univ. of Texas)
- TV MovieOn (film TV in German)
- German grammar
- LEO Dictionary: German
- English (130,000 entries)
- 19th-century German Stories
- Daily News in 100 Seconds
The German Business World
- German Studies Review
- University of Essen
- Goethe Institut
- Georgetown University: The Labyrinth: A Multidisciplinary Server for Medieval Studies
- Fembio Frauenbiographieforschung / FemBio Women's Biography Research