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The Boren Scholarship

Wow! Is it already the last week of October? The semester sure is racing by! Which means it’s time to start thinking already about study study abroad applications for next year.

As a reminder, the Critical Language Scholarship deadline is in November, so if you’re interested and eligible, you will want to get right on that. But that is not the only national scholarship for students of critical need languages such as Russian. Another biggie is the Boren Scholarship.

Вечерний вид на Владивосток и бухт

With a Boren you could get really far off the beaten track. Like Vladivostok, for example.

What’s cool about the Boren? Two things. First of all, while it does have funding for summer study for STEM students, it focuses primarily on providing funding students planning to spend at least 6, and preferably 12, months abroad.


Or maybe study Kyrgyz in Bishkek

Second of all, the Boren scholarship is for students interested in pursuing a career in national security, and comes with a service requirement after graduation. But the flip side is that Boren awardees are given assistance in identifying and applying for eligible positions. So if you’re interested in working in security and intelligence, a Boren will help you get your foot in the door in your chosen career.

And it’s not just for undergrads! There’s also the Boren Fellowship for graduate students.

You can find an overview of the Boren program here.

Priority languages here.

Eligibility requirements here.

Timeline/deadlines here.

And if you want to find out more about studying Russian abroad, please contact Professor Clark at


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The Critical Language Scholarship Program

Study abroad is great, everyone agrees, but it isn’t free. Many students can get discouraged before the process even begins because they can’t think of how they’re going to fund their dream trip abroad.

But fear not! There is plenty of money to fund pretty much any kind of study abroad trip you can imagine. Over the next few posts we’ll cover some, although not all, of the sources of funding students can turn to.

For today’s post we’re going to concentrate on the Critical Language Scholarship, a competitive national scholarship program for students of languages and cultures that have been designated as critical for national security and economic prosperity.

The Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 27, 2018

Eligibility: Must be an US citizen and enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited US university at the time of application. Must pass a medical review. Applicants for Russian must have already taken at least two years of college-level Russian.

The program: CLS is an intensive summer program. The scholarship covers program expenses and travel costs between Washington, DC and the target country. CLS is currently operating three Russian-language programs, in Vladimir, Tbilisi, and Bishkek.


Vladimir is in the Golden Ring, Russia’s medieval heartland

Fun fact: Russian major Tatiana Ostwalt (WFU18) went to Russia on a CLS in 2017!

The program link is here.

Next week we’ll be talking about the other major national award for studying Russian at the undergraduate level, the Boren Scholarship!

Want to know more? Contact Professor Clark at

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go III: Flow House in Vienna



Feeling the Wanderlust this fall?  Consider joining Dr. Knight at the Flow House in Vienna next semester!  We’ll spend the semester exploring monstrosity, madness, and the metropolis in GES 335 (German Film) and GES 341 (Austrian Literature in Translation) while getting to know Vienna, which the Independent just named the world’s best city to live in for the ninth straight year.

In addition to taking one or two German Studies courses with Dr. Knight (for Division II credit, or towards your German Studies major/minor), you can take Econ(Div IV), Music(Div III), and History (Div I) – alongside German at any level.

We’ll get to know Vienna and its environs with excursions and day trips, but we’ll also take two longer trips as a group, to the beautiful and fascinating cities of Prague and Berlin.  Weekends and spring break will be yours to use for exploring on your own.

What’s more: this year GPS is offering $2,000 in flight scholarships for all Flow House participants – more than enough to cover the cost of getting there and back.

Check out the application at or email Dr. Knight (knightml) for more information!

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Summer Internships in Germany, Part III

Part III of our series about Summer Internships in Germany. For more information, please contact Dr. Wiggers at

Summer Internships in Germany

In the summer of 2017 four of our German majors and minors lived and worked in Germany.  The students applied to internship programs that the Department of German and Russian facilitates each year.

The internships are three months long (Mid-May to Mid-August), well paid, and include work permits as well as insurance.

The summer internships are fantastic opportunities for students of German to work and live in a German-speaking environment, make new connections at international companies, experience work and culture first hand, and to learn new skills!

And, of course, students with international work experience are very marketable on the U.S. job market.

Our department is working with two organizations that provide summer internships in Germany:

  • German-American Exchange, Inc.

Internships with this group are geared toward students with a background in Business and STEM.  The internships are competitive and often, but not always, with bigger, international companies.

  • Cultural Vistas

Internships with this group are geared toward students with a background in Humanities, Languages, and Arts. The internships are with medium-sized German companies.

Stay tuned this month for more information and conversations about summer internships in Germany!

Here are the stories of our 2017 interns:

Part 3) Hanna Randall: TÜV Hessen, Frankfurt

During the summer of 2017, I completed an internship with TÜV Technische Überwachung Hessen GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.  TÜV is a technical inspection and certification organization that operates under a broad range of services. I worked under the VP of Industry Service, Thore Lapp. My primary responsibility was to provide assistance to the industry service division by translating documents and presentations. Throughout the three months, I was given the freedom to choose a research topic for a project that I would later present to the division. I chose to identify and research the top ten “potential” clients to grow business operations. I was also sent on business trips to many of the TÜV locations around Germany, including the headquarter of TÜV SÜD in Munich. While visiting the locations, I would tour construction sites, energy sites, incineration operations, material-testing labs, and many other sites that fall under the requirements for government/private inspection. Although I did not have much interest in industry before the internship, I ended up learning a lot about the field and I gained practical experience in a professional setting. This internship has been a huge talking point in many of my job interviews, as it is something very unique to have on a resume. I met many new and interesting people while working at TÜV as well as being a part of the German-American Exchange. On the weekends, I would travel with some of the people I met within the program to other countries. I still keep in contact with the friends I made from other universities.

Hannah Randall

Hanna Randall giving a presentation at the TÜV, Frankfurt, Germany.
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WFU German Student Receives Richter Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Waid, a student in the German program, has received a Richter Scholarship to study the portrayal of Martin Luther in modern German museums.  Below is a short interview between Elizabeth and Dr. Howards.

Elizabeth Waid Switzerland

Elizabeth enjoying the mountains in Switzerland

Dr. Howards: Could you offer a brief background on what you will be doing for your Richter?

Elizabeth: For my Richter project, I’ll be conducting research on the portrayal of Martin Luther in modern German museums. Martin Luther was essentially the founding father of German nationalism, and his image and what he means to the German people has changed at various points over the last five hundred years. Because this past October marked the 500th anniversary of him posting his 95 Theses, I am curious to learn what image of Martin Luther is projected today. I’ll be visiting and studying museums in Wittenberg and a couple of other towns where Luther lived.

Dr. Howards: When most people envision summertime in Germany, they think of Munich or Berlin.  What inspired you to pick this city and subject matter?

Elizabeth: I’m fascinated by Church history and am currently taking Dr. McAllister’s class on Luther. I want to gain a more accurate and immersed knowledge of Luther’s life and role in the modern German identity, and to do that, I need to visit the towns in which Luther lived and taught: Wittenberg, Erfurt, and Eisenach. Besides the practicality of visiting the towns whose streets Luther actually walked, when I go to foreign countries, I prefer to avoid the tourist hubs and big cities and instead immerse myself in a smaller place where I can get a sense of the authentic culture.

Dr. Howards: What is one thing about your research that you are particularly excited about?

Elizabeth: I am beyond excited to see an original printing of Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament. It will combine three of my favorite nerd-out topics: the Bible, German, and old books.

Dr. Howards: Have you been to a German-speaking country before?  Do you have any favorite memories or experiences?

Elizabeth: I studied at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg, Germany the summer after my freshman year. My favorite memory was spending a weekend in Switzerland. Specifically, going on a solo hiking trip in the Alps at Interlaken was a very rewarding and meaningful experience for me. It was special to be surrounded by the most gorgeous landscape I’ve ever seen, all by myself. With these enormous mountains encircling me and the inner insecurity that I have a lot of German left to learn, I was reminded of how small I am, and this and the whole study abroad experience taught me how to better fend for myself.

Dr. Howards:  Again, it will be summer in Germany!  What is one non-academic thing you are excited about doing there?

Elizabeth: I’m ready to explore the natural landscape of Wittenberg’s surrounding area. One thing I regret not doing on my first visit to Germany was riding an S-Bahn to the end of the line and discovering where it took me.

Dr. Howards: Anything else?

Elizabeth: The timing of my research project works out perfectly for me, as one of my younger brothers will be in France at the time I’m in Germany as part of his French minor at Georgia Tech. I actually fly into Berlin on his birthday, and he’s planning on meeting me there and spending the weekend with me in Wittenberg, which I’m very excited for.

Congratulations once again to Elizabeth on your Richter Scholarship!  It looks like you’ve got a fabulous summer of research and exploration planned.



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WFU Students Going on Summer Internships to Germany!

We’re excited to announce that three WFU German students have been selected for paid summer internships in Germany through the German-American Exchange, formerly known as AmCham.  This is just one of the many travel and internship opportunities available to our students, so if you’re interested, ask us about it.  Next year this could be you!

The lucky students are:

Anne Scott Livingstone
Robert Bosch Headquarters, Stuttgart
Solitude Palace Stuttgart
Congratulations, Anne!  This could be your new view soon!


Will McKay
ELvation Medical GmbH, Kieselbronn
University of Mannheim
Kieselbronn is between Stuttgart and Mannheim, so Will could soon be strolling around the picturesque University of Mannheim on his days off


Carvet Tang
KPMG, Munich
Will Carvet be able to get any work done at all with all this gorgeousness around?


A big congratulations to all the students, and best wishes for a wonderful summer!

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We’ll send you to Siberia! (And many other places besides)

Thinking about doing an intensive program in Russian?  The great news is that there are loads of programs to choose from, both in the US and the former USSR, of every length and for every budget.  You can choose from programs in Russian as a Second Language, Russian for Heritage Speakers, art, history, politics, economics, religion, security studies, or environmental studies, with classes conducted in both English and Russian.  There are also internships available with a variety of different businesses, and of course funding!

A note on safety: With the political and economic situation what it is, many students (and their parents) express concern about the safety of traveling to Russia.  Reports on the ground from students and educators currently in Russia suggest that safety-wise, there is little to actually worry about. Many of my friends, colleagues, and students, including Muslims, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and women traveling alone, have visited Russia and Eastern Europe in the past couple of years and experienced no trouble or harassment.   While caution is always advised when visiting large cities, you are probably safer in Moscow than in Manhattan.  And the current weakness of the ruble against the dollar means that a trip to Russia can be very affordable!  However, included in the following list are programs in Russian-speaking countries outside of Russia, as well as US-based programs, for students looking for something a little bit different, or for programs in ROTC-approved countries.

So, without further ado, here are a few suggested programs: Continue reading “We’ll send you to Siberia! (And many other places besides)”