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Track B: German & European Studies

The German and European Studies track offers classes mostly dealing with German culture in European and global contexts. You will join other international and German students in exploring together and from different points of view new developments in German and European culture.





You can select from courses dealing with German culture in European and global contexts. In class, you and other internationals will join German students in exploring together and from different points of view new developments in German and European culture.


Please note: courses in Track B change each semester. The final course list for the summer term will be posted here in April, however, final course selections will only be made upon your arrival in Dortmund. To give you an impression, here's a list of courses that were offered during the ISP 2017:


German and European Cultural History

Jan Hildenhagen


Coffee and Cafés: A Beverage & Its Cultural Impact

Bernd Eßmann


Revolution: How German and American Youth Clashed with Authority in the 1960s-1980s

Danielle Pisechko


"Take the Mic!": The Cultural Poetics of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry

Laura Kost


American Architects and Architecture: Visions, Utopia and Literary Representation

Barbara Berendt-Metzner


Women-in-Science: Feminism in Carl Djerassi's Science-in-Literature

Dilara Serhat


The Union at Risk: History and the Future of the European Union

Jan Hildenhagen



Creating the Cold War Canon

Matthew Blackwell


"Bildung" - The German Philosophy of Education

Lothar Wigger

For more information, please download the Course Catalog 2017.


This course offering is complemented by the mandatory German language course and the optional course on Germany - Politics, Culture, and Society.

You can also undertake a research project in addition to or instead of the offered courses. Please click here for more information on the research project.


Independent Study Projects

Trackb.klein4If you are interested in carrying out an independent study project in a special academic topic not covered by the program, we will advise you accordingly. Please contact for further information.





Target Group

The track is offered for American and other international students with an interest in German language, literature, and culture in European and global contexts.



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Hanna Rückl, Faculty of Cultural Studies


phone 0049 - 231 755 7157



Students’ Comments

"This program is a very well-rounded experience: not only does it add on to our cultural knowledge, but it also allows the students to advance their curricular work during the summer!"

(Participant, ISP 2014)


"A wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture that most people are not very aware of. I found myself often pleasantly surprised at characteristics of the German culture."

(Participant, ISP 2012)


“What an incredible way to spend the summer. The program is full of interesting courses, people, and places. Dortmund is a fantastic city to explore and practice German in, and a good distance to many exciting sites in the country.”

(Participant, ISP 2010)


“Studying in the same setting as the course content allowed for travel and visitations which not only complemented our learning, but allowed us to immediately digest it. Everything we learned in our class was immediately applicable to our stay in Dortmund.”

(Participant, ISP 2010)