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Germany: Academic Program

International students attending the program at Friedensau Adventist University will be given a German placement test before registration in the fall quarter. On the basis of the test they will register for either the first or second level German language courses. Completion of the first level prepares students to take the standard Goethe Institute Examination (Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache). Those in the second level courses are expected to qualify for the TestDaF (Language Proficiency test for higher education) preparation course which begins around the middle of the second semester.

Students at the first and second levels complete their studies in three quarters. In addition to their requirements (20-30 hours), students at all levels take supplemental hours in a computer center using language software and independent studies in reading and literature with individual or pair discussions supervised by a teacher. If necessary, students will be tutored in special classes. They may take choir or private music lessons (requires additional fee which must be paid directly to the foreign school) and can participate in various on-campus activities such as ceramics, sports, crafts, cooking, or art. From the second quarter on, students of all levels can take part in classes offered by the schools of theology and social work as guest listeners (if schedule allows). These are generally basic courses. WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE HOME SCHOOL REGISTRAR, if the students fulfill the requirements for these classes, they can earn credit. In addition to a 'pocket version', we strongly recommend the students to bring a good language dictionary.

Three four-day major tours are included in the ACA program.  The students will visit the North German cities of Hamburg and Lubeck. Another tour takes them to Munich and Salzburg/Austria or the Western part of Germany (Heidelberg and the Rhine river) and finally they will experience the baroque city of Dresden and the surrounding spectacular landscape "Saxon Switzerland". Students may also express special preferences which will be discussed by staff and faculty.

In addition, one-day excursions offered introduce students to the historic, cultural, and natural points of interest in the area. Saxony-Anhalt is rich in architectural monuments of the Romanesque style, of the Gothic period (the cathedral in Magdeburg are one to two hours away from Friedensau and are visited museums, concerts, castle tours, and other special cultural events.

All students must participate in the outings designated as ACA cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Students’ completion of these assignments and positive participation in the tours will affect their overall grade in courses for which they are enrolled.


 

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