Students from the University of Utah visit Kiel

A group of people on a meadow in front of a restaurant
© Uni KielStudents from the University of Utah with the programme head, teachers and tutors.

The five-week University of Utah (U of U) summer course is taking place at Kiel University (CAU) until 26 July. The 13 students from Salt Lake City (USA) are supervised by the head of the programme, Karin Baumgartner, Professor at the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and participating in a German language crash course.

The programme by the CAU’s International Center (IC) includes day trips for all participants to Lübeck, Hamburg and Haithabu, as well as a longer trip to Berlin. On top of this, there are also city tours, video nights, a trip to Kiel’s summer theatre and some sailing.

Three German CAU students are showing the Americans what life in Kiel is like. “Our tutors are showing our visitors from Utah the City of Kiel and its surroundings, and of course, life as a German student,” said Jan Bensien from the IC. “This gives them the chance to learn some German and use their language skills right after the lessons.” Four of the students are living with host families in Kiel this year.

Kiel’s students will also be going to America as part of the partnership with the U of U. “At the moment it is two students per year, for a semester each,” said Bensien. The partnership also includes a work experience exchange for political science students, as well as placements for Kiel’s students at German-speaking ‘immersion’ schools in Utah.


Jan Bensien
International Center at Kiel University
Tel.: +49 431 880-3716