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The German CLIP Program

Usually offered in the 1st summer session, the German CLIP program is a five-week, 6 credit hour intensive language class. Students who finished Ger 201 or equivalent earn 3 credits for Ger 202 and 3 for Ger 310, students who finished Ger 202 or higher receive 6 credits for Ger 310.

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2015 at Aachen, Germany (May 12 to June 18, 2015)

Aachen is one of the older cities of the region, was the seat of government of Charlemagne (whose remains are interred in the Aachen Cathedral), was the location where most kings of Germany were crowned, and played a role during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Today, Aachen is a mid-sized city with a university and a rich modern German culture. It is conveniently located for individual or group explorations
to other sights in the region such as the ‘Dreiländereck’, and is also just over one hour from Brussels, Belgium, and 3 hours from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The instructor of this course will be Mr. Lee Ferrell who has taught German 310 for Clemson University since 2003. Daily class instructions will focus on language, culture, and current events. At the same time you will be fully immersed in the life of a modern German city. As part of the daily experience in Aachen, you will also interact with a German assistant who will be able to provide you with a personal experience and insights into the various aspects of life in the city, transportation, arts, entertainment as well as business and politics.

After arriving in Aachen, students will have a daily schedule of three (3) hours of formal instruction. Afternoons will be dedicated to conversation, excursions, and cultural activities. In addition to your instructor there will also be a native speaker as a guide and conversation partner for our group. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore Aachen, but also the nearby cities such as Düsseldorf, Köln, and Bonn. Places of interest in Köln are the Dom, Schokoladenmuseum, and the Römisch-Germanisches Museum as well as the Altstadt. Düsseldorf features the Königsalle, Landtag, and the longest “Theke der Welt”. In Bonn we will have the chance to visit Beethoven’s birth house, Das Haus der Geschichte, and learn about the political system since 1945.

Schlösser in AachenStudents may not speak English at any time and must pledge to use German exclusively during the course. This is what makes the CLIP program so valuable and unique. Students get the most intensive German immersion experience possible in the US. After completing CLIP, students are encouraged to go to a German-speaking country. As a matter of fact, CLIP was originally designed to prepare students to go abroad. Yet, the program has morphed into more than that: it is a preparation for any kind of advanced use of the German language, abroad, upper-level literature and culture courses, job and internship preparation, preparation for teaching German, advancing communication skills, etc.

Finally, the German section offers limited financial support (need-based) for CLIP participants. Students need to register early to be eligible for a scholarship, and need to send an informal letter to Lee Ferrell or Johannes Schmidt (see below).


German section:
Lee Ferrell (ferrell(at)clemson.edu) or
Johannes Schmidt (schmidj(at)clemson.edu)

CLIP Program Director:
Toshiko Kishimoto
Program Director Clemson Language Immersion Program
Department of Languages
705 Strode Tower
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0535
Phone: (864) 656-5393
Fax: (864) 656-0258
Email: ktoshik(at)clemson.edu
Language Department CLIP Web Page


CLIP images:

CLIP group 2013
CLIP group 2013

Aachen – Altes Rathaus2013