Program Spotlight: Lüneburg, Germany

Hallo! Whether your heart is set on study abroad in Germany or you’re still exploring your options, you’ve come to the right place. The USAC Lüneburg program immerses students in German culture through language learning, top-notch academics, and activities in a medieval town located in northern Germany.

Life in Lüneburg

Lüneburg is a mid-sized medieval city filled with historic buildings, Gothic-style architecture, cobblestone streets, and small shops and cafes. But don’t be fooled by its old-world charm. Lüneburg is a vibrant university town overflowing with cultural festivals, events, and activities to keep you entertained during your summer, semester, or yearlong study abroad.

Highlights tour of USAC Lüneburg, Germany program.

Resident Director for Lüneburg

Each USAC Specialty Program has an on-site Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the overall operations of the program, such as student housing, organizing exciting field trips, student support, and more. Meet the Resident Director for our Lüneburg program, Dr. Stefanie Seewald.

Pre-departure, you will work with the Program Advisor for Germany, Dominique Nelson. Dominique will help you throughout the pre-departure process with everything you need from submitting your visa application to building your packing list.

Host University & Academics

If your study abroad takes you to Lüneburg, you’ll find yourself at home at Leuphana University where all USAC classes are held. USAC students have access to all campus amenities, such as dining halls, the library, a language lab, computer lab, and more.

Academic Focus

Students who study abroad in Lüneburg can take courses in German language and literature and German and European studies.

Internships are also available during select terms. If you choose to participate in an internship during your study abroad, you will be placed in one of the following fields:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • English-Language Instruction

Field Trips & Tours

No study abroad is complete without a little exploration! Through USAC-organized field trips and optional tours, you’ll be able to explore Lüneburg and surrounding areas, learn more about your host culture, and cross some destinations off your study abroad bucket list.

Possible destinations include*:

  • Hamburg
  • Schwerin
  • Bremen
  • Lübeck and Travemünde Beach
  • Celle
  • Bremerhaven
  • Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Berlin Optional Tour

*The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.

Students in Hamburg, Germany
Students explore Hamburg, Germany. Photo taken before COVID-19.

Immersion Activities

We want to make sure you get the absolute most out of your study abroad experience. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities you can participate in to get involved with your host community.

  • Stammitsch – Monthly gatherings with German and international students. Organized by the Leuphana University Lüneburg international office and the international student organization.
  • “Coffee, Cake, and Culture” – Activities with USAC students and occasional guests to share experiences and help students reflect on their time abroad.
  • University activities, sports, student clubs, and organizations such as the choir, biking groups, and more.
  • Volkshochschule – Courses offered by the Adult Education Center in art, drawing and painting, theatre, and more.
  • Volunteer in your host city.
USAC Group with local Lüneburg artist, Jimmy Green. Photo taken before COVID-19.

What Alumni Have To Say

“I did the yearlong program in Lüneburg and it was easily the best year of my life so far. The classes were straight forward and the staff was always willing to support you and aid you in your studies. I had the opportunity to participate in an internship at a local high school or Gymnasium and observe English as a foreign language class. This gave me the opportunity to not only help the teachers in class, but also to expose German students to American English, the culture, and to help them understand current events in America. I also had the opportunity to get a language partner and that experience was really beneficial in helping my ability to express myself fluently, my understanding of the culture, and of course getting the opportunity to make a new friend. My housing situation was wonderful, I lived in a shared apartment with German students, who were really fun, and I was able to make German friends through them. Lüneburg is such a beautiful, unique town, unlike any German town I’ve ever been too. All in all, my experience in Lüneburg was spectacular and I have no regrets about my decision to study here.” – Hannah, USAC Lüneburg alumna

“While abroad I learned so much about everything from the culture, the language, the country, the people, and the customs. But in the end I think I learned the most about myself. This was an experience that I would never change in a hundred years! I made so many new friends and so many new memories. I explored new places, new towns, new countries, new food, new people, and new experiences. I had experiences that have forever changed my life and my view on the world. I had a love for Germany before embarking on this journey, but now I have such a deep passion for the German language, the German culture, the German customs, the German architecture, the German landscape, and everything else that Germany has to offer.” – Brittney, USAC Lüneburg alumna

USAC alumna share their favorite memories from study abroad in Germany.
Interested in learning more about the USAC Lüneburg program? Visit the USAC website.