A program to study abroad in Germany for spring semester could be a perfect choice for your next adventure. After all, in addition to earning possible academic credit and enjoying a fantastic trip, you could see the country in full bloom and brimming with the natural beauty, exuberant spirit, and celebratory tradition of spring-time Germany. Imagine seeing Germany’s fairytale castles, historical monuments, traditional culture, and already-celebratory party scene infused by spring! It’s likely something you won’t want to miss.
Plus, if you study abroad in spring, you might be able to extend your journey into the summer. Whether you continue with a summer study abroad program or venture off on your own, you might see more of Germany or even Europe before heading home for fall semester. The side of you longing for adventure will likely thank you!
Germany has a little something for everyone. Rustic villages and expansive countryside lead into quaint towns and dynamic cities. Urban areas abut natural oases of forests, gardens, and parks. Museums and historical monuments tell stories, and festivals and fairs invite socializing. Restaurants and beer gardens deliver delicious German food and drink, and galleries and theatres help the arts thrive. All in all, visitors to Germany may enjoy an expansive and multi-dimensional experience!
Also, when you study abroad in Germany for spring semester, you may be able to submerse yourself in the heart of German culture. You could enjoy German music at a spring festival. Buy German foods (such as currywurst and schnitznel) from street-carts. Explore historical districts by bike and foot. Chat with locals at outdoor beer gardens. Taste German tradition at Karnival. Nap in German parks amongst castles and historical-palaces. And, best of all, you may do all of this while pursuing possible academic credit! Why not consider studying abroad in Germany?
Spring in Germany
Besides Germany’s year-round greatness, there are wonderful reasons to spend a spring in Germany.
Spring time in Germany means increasingly more hours of sunshine, warmer weather, and blossoming flowers. It marks the arrival of a celebratory season brimming with parades, festivals, street fairs, farmer’s markets, and other social activities. All of this, combined with Germany’s year-round cultural, historical, and political opportunities, may result in a particularly vibrant and lively study abroad experience. Here are some hip happenings in Germany’s spring:
- Karnival, a multi-month event in which people make costumes, play pranks, and attend parades, costume balls, and other celebratory events. Different parts of Germany celebrate Karnival distinctly, but, in general, Karnival brims with dance, music, food, laughing, and a jovial celebration of tradition. Some say it’s similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
- The springs fairs and festivals in places like Frankfurt, Munich, and Stuttgart. These celebrations of spring boast fun rides, fancy fireworks, German food and beer, and general festivity. They celebrate spring’s arrival and nod to German culture and tradition.
- Easter! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, being in Germany for this beloved holiday might be fun. Leading up to Easter, communities celebrate through fairs, festivals, and Easter-egg hunts. Easter-eggs hunts, by the way, originated in Germany!
While events like these are more celebratory in nature, there are others that are perhaps more cultural in nature. Consider heading to these events and similar ones in Germany’s spring:
- The Leipzig Book Fair (which historically served as a meet-up spot between East and West book-sellers during DDR-era Germany)
- The Cologne Literature Festival (whose claim to fame is its unusual locations and events, from police headquarters to ships)
- The Kurt Weill Music Festival (that celebrates the Golden Twenties’ vibe of Kurt Weill, a German composer)
- The Carnival of Cultures in Berlin (a carnival that celebrates cultures through dance, art, food, and more)
- The Ballet Weeks (a dance festival with modern and classical dance performed by the Bavarian State Ballet and international guests)
Of course these are just a sampling of what might be available should you study abroad in Germany for spring semester. One spring semester in Germany could result in quite the collection of fun and life-enhancing experiences!
What Can I Study in Germany for Spring Semester?
Playing in Germany is easy! Studying there may be wonderful too.
Whether you’re looking for programs that fulfill major, minor, general, or elective requirements, there may be fantastic options for you. On our menu, you’ll see an option to “Select a Specialty.” There you can look for specialties—such as architecture, chemistry, computer science, ecology, and literature—that match your criteria. Click on specialties to read about programs in those and similar areas. If you’re wondering where to study in Germany, you can also “Select a City” to learn more about cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich and the programs they offer.
Read program listings carefully and keep your academic (and adventure) goals in mind. Then, check with your academic advisor about whether credits for your preferred program will transfer. Through Germany study abroad programs, you may have a fun and enriching experience that also enables you to advance your education.
What’s My Next Step?
If you want to study abroad in Germany for spring semester, now is the time to jump in. You can begin your adventure here! Explore your options on this page or refine your search to browse by program city or specialty. When you find a program you like, contact it through our webpage for details and to register. You can also use our site menu to explore resources and scholarship opportunities for studying abroad. Begin your exploration now—an exhilarating, fun, and mind-opening journey awaits!