Humboldt University Berlin
Beginning in 2011-12, the German Department in cooperation with various other departments at UVA instituted a graduate exchange with the Humboldt Universität, Berlin, centered in the HU’s Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (IfK). Intended primarily for graduate students at the dissertation stage, the exchange accepts applications from students working in German literature and cultural studies, History, English and Comparative Literature, Sociology, Art History, Film and Media Studies, Religious and Jewish Studies and other disciplines. This exchange seeks to send to Berlin highly qualified students whose dissertations deal with some aspect of what in German is called Kulturwissenschaft (History and Theory of Culture). Students accepted into the program receive a doctoral level stipend that provides adequate funding for ten months of study and research in Berlin. Good knowledge of German is desired and necessary, though students with beginner’s level of German will be accepted if they are willing to work hard to improve their German before departure for Berlin (e.g. to achieve a minimum of four semesters of German, to be supplemented by an intensive course offered at the Humboldt University in September of the year of study). While in Berlin, students will be affiliated with one of the institutes at the Humboldt Universität, generally the IfK, though others may be considered. While in Berlin, students will be expected to regularly attend one doctoral seminar or colloquium per semester. Strong applications will include letters of invitation from one faculty member in a relevant field from the Humboldt Universität, either from a member of the IfK faculty or from someone in a related discipline (e.g. the History Department, the Institut für Deutsche Literatur, etc.).
More details coming soon.
For a number of years, UVa's German Department and the University of Dortmund's American Studies Department have enjoyed a successful and productive exchange program. One advanced student from each department is selected to participate each year. The graduate student selected by UVa to go to Dortmund teaches two seminars in German and American literature, in addition to other duties. Since these seminars are crosslisted, being offered under both the German and the American Studies Departments, there is frequently a strong interdisciplinary aspect. The subject matter is chosen by the graduate student and approved by Professor Walter Grünzweig of the University of Dormund's Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. The student chosen by the University of Dortmund to come to Charlottesville lives in and is a supervisor of the Max Kade German House. In addition, the student serves as an instructor for intermediate grammar and conversation courses at UVa.
Starting with the 2003-04 academic year, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at UVa established an exchange program with the Abteilung für Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft at the University of Mannheim. Typically, students spend an academic year in Mannheim, where they are also employed as a research assistant or Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft. One advantage of studying in Mannheim is the reciprocity agreement between Mannheim and Heidelberg, enabling students to take courses offered at both universities and giving access to two superb libraries at once.