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Program Description


Young people in Germany

Travel to Munich, Germany over Spring Break to experience how person, place, and culture incite creativity and knowledge and immerse yourself in the stunning backdrop of Bavarian life. Students will visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp, and the Andechs Monastery among other various exciting excursions and will come away with experiences transferrable into travel writings as facilitated in the subsequent online writing course, connections with other writers, and optional face-to-face meetings.

Quick Facts

  • March 8 - March 15, 2020

  • Create publishable writings and connect with other writers

  • Experience how person, place, and culture incite creativity and develop knowledge

  • Academic Excursions to Bavaria’s: Neuschwanstein Castle, Viktualienmarkt Historic Market, Munich’s City Center: Marienplatz, and Dachau Concentration Camp

  • Introductory German language class with a German institute 

  • Satisfy General Studies L needed for graduation

  • Earn 3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

With its deep cultural and historical significance, Munich provides a great backdrop to understand how place, culture, and personal transformation manifest themselves in literature. Munich offers proximity to the concentration camp ruins at Dachau and Neuschwanstein Castle, which are featured in memoir, film, and travel literature. Likewise, Munich represents a prime travel writing destination given access to features such as the Alps, premier art galleries, World War I & II destinations, Bavarian lakes, theaters and museums, and other entities of cultural significance such as the Goethe Insitut-Muenchen and Duetsches Museum

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements: 

  • have a GPA of 2.50
  • have taken a prior ENG 100 level course
  • be a second semester freshman in Spring 2019


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course: 

  • ENG 379: Travel Writing (3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

The course will be taught during the Session B Spring 2020 semester. The study abroad portion of the program will start off the B session course during the week of Spring Break (March 8 - March 15, 2020).  After Spring Break, students will take the Spring B session icourse/ocourse together to reflect on and write about their experiences in Germany.

“I would encourage any student, from any major, to sign up for this program. The variety of sights and related topics are relatable and eye opening to anyone. None of the writing that we did was too technical, and the writing skills we did practice are helpful to have for any area.”Attie M., previous participant

Munich View


Faculty Director

Renee Rivers
Instructor, First-Year Composition and Creative Writing
Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Office: FAB N 254 (West Campus)

Julie Amparano
Senior Lecturer
Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Office: FAB N 254 (West Campus)

Renee Rivers

Julie Amparano


Bavaria Scenery

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared accommodations in a hotel in Munich, where breakfast will be included daily. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. Public transportation is a primary means of transportation on this program.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Germany, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces.  

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Germany, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,340.00.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

  • There is a $500 scholarship for students in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2020. For more information see the IGLE Travel Scholarship page.  


Student Perspectives

“Besides making unforgettable friendships with my peers, instructors and tour guide, I will never forget when we visited Dachau. It was interesting, very cold and eerie. I’ve never felt so many emotions in one place. There were so many beautiful trees and views yet I felt my heart tug at the thought of the things that had once happened here. It was quite the experience…. As a journalist, I am always fond of sharing the world with my readers. The program not only has ignited my passion for writing even more, but has allowed me to gain valuable skills on how to make it more engaging and meaningful. I plan to travel more in the future and become a foreign correspondent.” – Jessica A., previous participant
“The Germany trip definitely influenced my goals because it opened my eyes to the reality of traveling abroad. There were a lot of little struggles that I wouldn’t have thought about before, but I also realized how much I could learn about myself from visiting new places. It was amazing to me to process the fact that such a surreal experience was something I could continue to do throughout my life. I’ve always wanted to include travel in my career, but now it actually feels real.”Attie M., previous participant

“I have always wanted to travel or maybe go to school/do research in another country but never really knew how I would, who I would go with, or any of the logistical planning that goes with an international trip. This trip really opened the door for me to feel comfortable with positions and academic opportunities that would take me out of the country or just traveling in general.”Kate B., previous participant

"The program has influenced my career goals by encouraging me to experience new cultures, meet new people, and try new things in life. After returning home from Germany, I started planning more trips and setting travel goals for myself. " - Gabrielle C., previous participant

Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.