Research Abroad

Both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have strong, long-standing partnerships with German universities and students are strongly encouraged to study and conduct research abroad as an integral part of their graduate work.

Duke University offers student exchanges with the Free University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam, programs in which graduate students in German Studies regularly participate, and the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures runs a graduate-level exchange with the University of Tübingen.

UNC Exchange with the University of Tübingen

The UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures runs a bilateral exchange with the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Each year, a Carolina-Duke graduate student goes to Tübingen, generally during the research and writing of the dissertation, and has the opportunity to cultivate relationships with Tübingen faculty who may later serve on the dissertation committee. A graduate student from Tübingen comes to CDG each year as well, taking courses in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies and teaching German courses in our undergraduate program.

Application Procedures

To apply for the exchange, please provide no later than February 15 the following:

  1. A 1-2 pp. statement describing your dissertation project and how it will benefit from the resources available at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and the surrounding area (e.g.,Deutsches Literaturarchiv) in the proposed academic year of studying abroad. Include information regarding both the number of years of funding already received in the CDG program and whether you are applying to other internal or external study abroad opportunities or funding sources.
  2. Evidence (email correspondence) of academic support from at least one professor/researcher in Tübingen.  
  3. A brief statement from either of the Language Program Directors attesting to sufficient language competency.
  4. A brief letter of endorsement from your dissertation director. If the dissertation director is endorsing more than one student s/he must rank the candidates.
  5. An email endorsement from either Director of Graduate Studies; s/he should review the components listed above (#1-4) and send them on with his/her brief endorsement to Dr. Richard Langston, the UNC coordinator for the graduate Tübingen exchange: relangst@unc.edu.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Langston (relangst@unc.edu).

Duke Graduate Exchange with the Free University of Berlin, Germany

Duke University runs a graduate level exchange with the Free University of Berlin, Germany, open to all students at Duke who have passed their preliminary examinations and demonstrate facility in German sufficient for advanced university-level work.

Application Procedures

To apply for the exchange, please provide no later than February 15 the following:

  1. A 1-2 pp. Statement describing your dissertation project and how it will benefit from the resources offered at the Free University of Berlin.
  2. Evidence (email correspondence) of academic support from at least one professor/researcher at the FU.
  3. A brief statement from the Language Program Director of German attesting to sufficient language competency.
  4. A brief letter of endorsement from your dissertation director. If the dissertation director is endorsing more than one student s/he must rank the candidates.
  5. An email endorsement from your DGS; the DGS should review of the components listed above (#1-4) and send them on with his/her brief endorsement to Dr. Kata Gellen, Director of Graduate Exchange Programs in Germany: stefani.engelstein@duke.edu.  Final approval is given by the Dean of the Graduate School.

All documentation should be submitted via email with the subject line [Applicant] Free University Exchange to stefani.engelstein@duke.edu. Applicants will be notified by mid-March.

Duke Graduate Exchange with Potsdam University, Germany

Duke University has a graduate level exchange with Potsdam University open to all students who have passed their preliminary examinations and demonstrate facility in German sufficient for advanced university-level work.

Application Procedures

To apply for the exchange, please provide no later than February 15 the following:

  1. A 1-2 pp. Statement describing your dissertation project and how it will benefit from the resources offered at Potsdam University and its environs.
  2. Evidence (email correspondence) of academic support from at least one professor/researcher at Potsdam University.
  3. A brief statement from the Language Program Director of German attesting to sufficient language competency.
  4. A brief letter of endorsement from your dissertation director. If the dissertation director is endorsing more than one student s/he must rank the candidates.
  5. An email endorsement from your DGS; the DGS should review of the components listed above (#1-4) and send them on with his/her brief endorsement to Dr. Kata Gellen, Director of Graduate Exchange Programs in Germany: stefani.engelstein@duke.edu Final approval is given by the Dean of the Graduate School.

All documentation should be submitted via email with the subject line [Applicant] Potsdam University Exchange to stefani.englestein@duke.edu. Applicants will be notified by mid-March.