German students appreciate the dedication of faculty, the extensive amount of time they spend outside of class with students--not only during office hours. Faculty members often join students weekly at the conversation hour (held Thursday evenings at the Upper Crust in downtown Chico), and engage in numerous other activities with students, including picnics, excursions, walks in the park, field trips to various places in North California, and more.Every few semesters, the German program sponsors a German Brown Bag Lunch Series. The series features guest speakers and creates the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion on contemporary cultural issues. Past topics have included “Current Issues in Germany,” “Dealing with the Nazi Past,” and “Germany Within Europe.” In the past, the German Studies Lecture Series has brought internationally recognized scholars to the CSU, Chico campus. Such notable figures as Peter Uwe Hohendahl and Patricia Herminghouse, who are both recognized authorities in the field of German Studies, have visited and spoken at Chico State. Occasionally, the General Consul of the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco and representatives of the Goethe Institute German Cultural Center also visit and give lectures at the CSU, Chico campus. Check out our upcoming events!
Unique to the German program at Chico State is its annual exchange program with the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Each year a teaching assistant from Mainz comes to Chico State and plays an active role in the life of the German program, participating in classroom and extracurricular activities, and meeting frequently with students on an informal basis outside of class. In addition, one Chico State student is selected annually to attend the university in Mainz. The Chico State student chosen receives an 4000 € scholarship to cover expenses while living in Germany. The CSU system also sponsors International Programs in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. While students at all levels of proficiency are encouraged to apply, students who have at least 3 or 4 semesters of German language instruction before participating will meet with the most success. For those interested in business, the Department of Business sponsers an exchange with a business school in Pforzheim, Germany, and Chico State's Department of Engineering has and exchange arrangement with a technical school in Hamburg. There are several other opportunities to work or study abroad.
The quality of the German program at Chico State is evidenced by the acceptance of recent majors at top-notch graduate and law schools, including such institutions as the University of Buffalo, Georgetown University, American University, the University of Indiana at Bloomington, and University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Barbara. Our students have made us very proud. A recent graduate is the recipient of a Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarship which provides full financial support for an academic year in Germany, and another former student was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Our students have found employment in various fields, from business to translation, from teaching to travel agent/tour guide.
If you are an alumna/alumnus of the CSU, Chico German program, please contact us and let us know what you're doing!