World Languages and Cultures Student Opportunities

Kurt J. Fickert Award

This award is presented annually to outstanding juniors or seniors majoring in German, French or Spanish who possess those qualities exemplified by Professor Fickert during his more than 30 years of service to the university: an understanding of and commitment to the humanistic values fostered by an education in the liberal arts, a lively interest in intellectual endeavor and achievement, and plans for a career that will enrich the lives of others.

Study Abroad

Wittenberg University participates in a great variety of study abroad programs. There is nothing more rewarding than to actually use the language you have been working on so diligently. It is also wonderfully enriching to experience the culture surrounding the language. So, of course, study abroad is an important component of foreign language study at Wittenberg.

Students in all languages not only have the chance to study in a country where their language is spoken, but they are strongly encouraged to do so. Opportunities are readily available to students to go for a semester, a summer, an entire school year, or for a specially designed time period. Of course, when you go on an officially accepted program of study, all the credits transfer to Wittenberg as credits toward graduation. Whether it's Chinese in Beijing, French in Dijon, Russian in Moscow, Japanese in Kyoto, German in Berlin, Spanish in Salamanca, or similar study in a variety of other cities, plan to spend time during your sophomore or junior year in the country of your dreams. We will work with you to get you there!

German Study Abroad Opportunites

  • Summer Study in Wittenberg Germany: Intensive language and culture class with host family stays in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, our sister city. Accompanied by a Wittenberg instructor, students study five weeks in the home of the Reformation and visit Berlin, Halle, and Dresden. Students earn six credits. Prerequisite: first-semester German or the equivalent.

  • Spring Semester in Wittenberg, Germany: accompanied by a Wittenberg instructor, students reside in the Colleg Wittenberg in the heart of the city. They earn 18 credits while taking intensive German, a course in International Studies, and one additional general education class. In the latter part of the semester, students complete an internship and practical work experience to help prepare for a career in today's global economy. No language prerequisite but a semester or two of German is helpful. Open to students in any major.

Japanese Study Abroad Opportunites

  • Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka (direct exchange)
  • Sophia University
  • International Christian University
  • Rikkyo (St. Paul's) University in Tokyo

Spanish Study Abroad Opportunites

Wittenberg students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Costa Rica with a faculty member.

  • A full semester program that will earn 16-18 credits (directly from Wittenberg University)
  • No Spanish required
  • Classes are taught by both Wittenberg professors and Veritas University professors
  • Through our partnership with Beyond Sports, athletes are able to continue their training while abroad
  • Click Here to read Wittenberg feature about Wittenberg in Costa Rica program.

For more information on study abroad opportunities contact JoAnn Bennett, director of International Education, via email at or by phone at (937) 327-6185.


Internships provide an invaluable academic and applied dimension to a college education. These programs allow students to earn credit and gain valuable experiences at the same time. Students should also contact the faculty internship coordinator for their respective major/minor. Click here to learn more about internships.

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