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Study Abroad in Germany

Summer Session: July 20 – August 2, 2019

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German Food and Culture

This course provides an experience in German and EU cultures and food cultures including the policies, practices, and social structures around food, migration, environmental issues and health. Beginning and ending in Frankfurt, our program is situated in the state of Saarland at the European Academy at Otzenhausen. Students will explore culture and food cultures in Germany and the EU through excursions in the area and by traveling to Brussels, Belgium. While in Brussels, we will visit the European Union and European Commission where historical tours and lectures provide a natural learning context for the course.

german building

Otzenhausen, Saarland

Our time at the Academy and in Saarland will focus on exploring and learning about the culture and food culture of Germany. We are still in the planning stages but below are activities/seminars that we believe will be part of our program.

  • A guided hike through a national park to the Celtic Hill Fort.
  • Seminars on: sustainable development, global nutrition challenges, German vs. American food culture, migration and its effect on European food culture, EU Climate change policy, sustainable wine growing and the slow food movement, GMOs and organic farming, and universal health concerns (diabetes and obesity).
  • Excursions include: a visit to a vegan food production facility and lunch on-site, visiting an organic farm, visiting the Environment Campus Birkenfeld, a visit to Trier (childhood home of Karl Marx), and a wine tasting in the Mosel valley.


Frankfurt is located in the West of Germany and provides a good launching and landing place for our program. While we are in Frankfurt, we will have time to explore the city of Frankfurt and to also visit some nearby areas by train (Heidelberg) or by boat (Rhine river cruise). There will be time while in Frankfurt for shopping and exploring on your own, as well as some time spent preparing for and reflecting on the academic aspects of the course.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is the one of the highlights of our trip. While in Brussels, you will have the opportunity to visit the European Parliament, the nearby House of European History, and the European Commission. The program also includes a guided walking tour of historic Brussels with some down time to explore, sample some food, and buy chocolate!

German landscape

German building

German food

To be announced

Students will earn three credit hours by participating in educational classes held by the European Academy at Otzenhausen as well as numerous excursions in the Frankfurt and Saarland areas as well as a multi-day trip to Brussels, Belgium. Students will be routinely required to read in the course texts, provide written responses to instructor provided prompts and participate in informal discussions during activities. Prior to leaving for Germany, students will be required to prepare for and attend two training sessions to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the program.

Students must enroll for a minimum of three credits.

Missouri Residents: Non-Missouri Residents:
Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF) Non-Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF)

* Based on fees for the Fall 2018 semester. Summer 2019 fees may vary. Non-Missouri residents pay an additional $569 per credit hour.

For questions, contact Laura Franklin, Business Support Specialist II
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
204 Gwynn Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-8550
Fax: (573) 884-4885

The financial aid that is typically available for regular classes at MU should apply to the cost of the program. Additional grants, loans or scholarships may be available to offset the extra costs incurred in this program. Please see the advisor for study abroad financing at the MU Financial Aid Office for more complete information.

Apply Yourself - International Center

Non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a place in the program. The deposit money will be billed to your student account once you submit your online application.

  • Attend the informational meeting on Nov. 13, 2018 from 12-1 pm or 5-6 pm in Gwynn Hall, Room 016.
  • Textbooks will be identified at a later date.
  • Germany Study Abroad Interest Form - Submit your contact information to receive more information about studying abroad in Germany.
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Course instructor:

Tina Roberts, MS, EdS
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
(573) 882-1039