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Federation of German-American Clubs

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German Studies


Federation of German-American Clubs Exchange: a junior-year exchange program at a German university for academic credit in most fields; a German student comes to Dartmouth in exchange.

Since 1968, the Federation of German-American Clubs has sponsored an annual exchange that brings one German student to Hanover and invites one Dartmouth student to spend a full year at a German university. The student, selected by the Department of German Studies, must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the language. A student can request from among a number German universities the one that is most suited to his or her interests and is then eligible to transfer up to a total of nine credits (i.e., one academic year) in most academic fields (not just German Studies), with the approval of the Registrar.

To learn more about this program, please visit the department website:



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Students participating in the exchange generally receive nine transfer credits for a full academic year or four transfer credits for a single semester, with the approval of COCA.


Prospective applicants should consult with the German Studies Department before the end of the previous fall term. 



Tuition and Fees

In addition to the obvious educational benefits, the exchange offers significant financial advantages. The Dartmouth student pays a fee to offset the cost of the exchange, and service fees to Dartmouth. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.  At the same time, the student receives a living allowance in Germany. There is no tuition. The Federation locates affordable housing and helps with all of the paperwork. It also makes a German Railroad Card available.

Because the exchange is an official program sponsored by the College, Dartmouth students do not need to pay the transfer term fee that the College charges to students who study on outside programs during leave terms.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  Loan assistance is offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, a visit to the Financial Aid Office is often advisable.

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