This is the list of messages related to German at the University of Michigan. You generally receive these messages on Tuesday via email, and you will see them posted on Canvas (German Advising Mail at University of Michigan). If you have any questions, please see the German Department advisors Kalli and Mary Rodena-Krasan.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

German Advising Contact Information With Office Hours From Tuesday, June 18 - Tuesday, June 25

You can reach the German advisors through a general email:

We have two advisors for German undergraduates:

* Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
Mary's office hours this week are by appointment only.
Mary's Link for Office Hours:

* Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
My office hours this week are via Zoom only:
Wednesday, June 19: 1-5, 8-10 p.m.,
Friday, June 21: 12-5 p.m.,
Monday, June 24: 8-5:30, 8-10 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 25: 8-5:30, 8-10 p.m.,
and by appointment
My Zoom Link for Office Hours:

It is best to schedule appointments, which you have to do by 4 p.m. on the previous day. You can schedule appointments with us here:

Job Posting - Program Assistant (Summer Only) for English Language Institute: Friday, June 21 (Application Deadline)

The English Language Institute is recruiting undergraduate students for paid consulting positions in an GSI teacher preparation course for graduate students who speak English as an additional language.

What will you do??

Participate in practice office hours and teaching sessions, as you would for a regular class.

Give feedback to prospective GSIs on the quality of their instruction in terms of language use and lesson delivery

Get paid to act like yourselves - students in a U-M class!

What will you gain?
* Experience providing appropriate constructive feedback in a multi-cultural setting
* Experience working with multilingual speakers from a variety of countries and LSA disciplines
* Knowledge about second language teaching and learning
* An opportunity to help shape undergraduate teaching at the University of Michigan and foster an inclusive campus climate

What qualifications do you need?
* Enrollment as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan
* Experience in LSA undergraduate courses
* Excellent time management skills
* Ability to offer clear, concise feedback in both written and oral form
* Availability on the dates posted below:

Required Dates:
* Applicants must be available to work at all of the following dates/times:
Orientation Session: Tuesday, July 16: 9-11:30 a.m.

Practice Teaching Sessions:
Monday, July 22: 9-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, July 25: 9-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30: 9-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, August 1: 9-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Monday, August 5: 1-4 p.m.

To apply for this position, fill out the online application (REQUIRED), and email your résumé and cover letter to . Your résumé and cover letter should be combined into a single PDF document, and describe the relevant skills you have along with your commitment to being available each of the dates and times listed above. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

To facilitate hiring please make sure that your current mailing address and a student application are updated in Wolverine Access.

* Hours: 5-12 hours per week
* Pay: $15 per hour


Summer Sings 2024: Franz Josef Haydn's 'Lord Nelson Mass': Monday, June 24, 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium

The UMS Choral Union invites you to take part in the return of Summer Sings. Just come as you are to this no-audition, no-performance evening of memorable music-making!

As many as 250 singers from southeastern Michigan, northern Ohio, and Canada have joined each session in singing through great choral repertoire with some of the nation’s most respected choral conductors and outstanding soloists. We rehearse portions of the score during the first half, break for refreshments, and then re-convene to sing through the entire work.

Summer Sings costs $5.00 paid at the door (cash only). Please arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for registration.


German Park Picnic: Saturday, June 29, 4-9 p.m., 5549 Pontiac Trail

The German Park Recreation Club hosts three picnics the last Saturday in June, July, and August. Admission gate opens 4-9 p.m.; the park closes at 11 p.m.

* Live Music
* Authentic German Food and Beer
* Live German Dance Performances

The German Park welcomes everyone to come enjoy traditional hospitality. Please take a moment on this website to prepare for your visit.


German Bundestag Internship Program 2025: Wednesday, July 31 (Application Deadline)

The German Bundestag Internship Program provides the opportunity for American graduates to learn first-hand about German politics by working in the office of a member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag). The program runs from March 1 to July 31, 2025. During this time participants are enrolled as students at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

You can find more information about the program and the application materials at and at

Job Posting - CGIS Peer Advisor: Thursday, August 1 (Application Deadline)

Peer Advisor Job Description:
* Peer advisors serve in support roles for all functions of the CGIS office. This position includes clerical and project work in the CGIS office as well as serving in an outreach capacity to students throughout the University of Michigan.
* Seeking two peer advisors to join CGIS with an August 2024 start date. Preference for students who can work at CGIS for at least 2 years; highly qualified seniors graduating in Winter 2025 will be considered.

Office Responsibilities:

* Provide initial advising to prospective study abroad students
* Answer email inquiries from students, parents, university partners, and faculty
* Staff the reception desk and answer the phone periodically during lunch breaks and other times as needed
* Support advisors by assembling files, making photocopies, entering data, etc.
* Work on individual projects based on interests (i.e. social media, website content, data collection)
* Assist staff with additional tasks as needed
* Special projects as assigned

Outreach Responsibilities:
* Assist with and present CGIS pre-departure orientations and other CGIS outreach events
* Conduct virtual First Steps sessions for prospective study abroad students as requested
* Create opportunities with campus clubs and organizations to conduct presentations about study abroad
* Serve as a CGIS representative for on-campus events such as Campus Days, Festifall, Study Abroad Fair, New Student Orientation, Spring Welcome Day, etc.
* Assistance with moving/distributing program catalogs and other marketing materials across campus
* Collaborating with Communication Specialist on developing marketing related content and social media efforts, including, but not limited to, Instagram LIVE interviews, Social Media takeovers, etc
* Special projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:
* Previous participation in a CGIS program (includes Spring/Summer 2024 programs)
* Experience with public speaking and related equipment/technology
* Experience with Social Media platforms
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
* Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups
* Strong communication and customer services skills
* Adept at handling multiple assignments with varied deadlines
* Demonstrated ability to remain flexible, positive, and organized
* Ability to take initiative and maintain student confidentiality


* CGIS Peer Advisor positions are open to all UM- Ann Arbor undergraduates who studied abroad on a CGIS program (NB: the Goethe-Institut is not a CGIS program).
* Work-Study students are desirable, but not required.

Professional Development:
* Students in this position will have the opportunity to apply their public speaking, communication, customer service, marketing, and organizational skills to a demanding work environment. Peer advisors are able to gain first-hand office experience in a global environment and foster connections with fellow students, staff, and faculty.

Time Commitment:
* Peer Advisors typically work up to 10-15 hours a week, most of which are during standard CGIS business hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Times are subject to change. Beyond these hours, some evenings and weekends will be required for recruitment and outreach events. Peer advisors are required to work CGIS Pre-Departure Orientations.

* The starting wage for this position is $15/hour. Work-study is preferred, but not required.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2025-2026: Sunday, August 25 (Application Deadline)

In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.


Study Abroad in Germany - Winter 2025 in Tübingen: Sunday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

The Tübingen program, which is organized through the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), takes place in the Winter term, and it is intended for students who have completed at least German 221/231 by the end of the Fall 2024 term.

The German Department strongly recommends that you precede your stay in Tübingen by attending one or two four-week sessions at the Goethe Institut. This Goethe Institut segment is not part of the CGIS program itself. Please talk with Mary or me about the Goethe segment (see Mary's and my contact information at the bottom of this email).

The CGIS portion in Tübingen will start early in March with a mandatory "Kompaktkurs" (6 credits) or a "Startkurs" (3 credits). While you will be enrolled for the Winter 2025 term at the University of Michigan, you will then take classes during "Sommersemester" at the Universität Tübingen (mid April - late July). You will earn 15-18 credits for Winter 2025: the courses that you take in Tübingen can be language courses for international students or regular university courses. Various university courses outside the English Department are taught in English.

Tübingen credits can be used to satisfy degree requirements for a German major or minor.

For more information about the Tübingen program and to apply, go to:

Study Abroad in Germany - Metropolitan Studies in Berlin (Winter 2025): Sunday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

This program is designed for students without a German language background who are looking for an in-depth look at the culture and context of the metropolis of Berlin. German majors should consider the University of Michigan programs in Freiburg and Tübingen.

* Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
* Good academic standing
* Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
* No previous German language study is required

Students must take 12-15 credit hours per semester. One German language course (4 credits) is required for beginning and intermediate students. All other courses are taught in English and worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated. Two week-long field trips will be included in the program, as well as day excursions that complement your learning in the classroom and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society.

Please see program website (IES) for details.

For more information about the Metropolitan Studies in Berlin program and the application material, go to:

German Chancellor Fellowship: Tuesday, October 15 (Application Deadline)

Are you a graduate with initial leadership experience? Do you come from Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, South Africa, or the USA? Would you like to implement a self-chosen project that supports your career development, is societally relevant and has a lasting public impact? Are you interested in actively participating in an international network of dedicated leaders? Then come to Germany with a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to take the next step of your career.

The fellowship program is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships are awarded.

The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.

In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

The scholarship includes:
* A monthly fellowship of €2,200, €2,500 or €2,700, depending on your qualifications
* A lump sum for the fellow's travel expenses if the costs are not borne by a third party
* An intensive language course before you begin your fellowship and funding for German courses during your fellowship,
* Individual support during your stay in Germany
* Additional financial support, e.g. for accompanying family members, for travel expenses, for full private health insurance or for an additional German language course
* Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Send an application, if you:
* Are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
* Completed your first degree less than 12 years ago
* Would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany
* Can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country
* Work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration, and culture


Berliner Philharmoniker: Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium

The Berliner Philharmoniker returns to Hill Auditorium the weekend before Thanksgiving for two concerts. In the first of two concerts, violinist and recent Avery Fisher Prize awardee Hilary Hahn makes her first Ann Arbor appearance in two decades, performing Korngold’s heart-tugging violin concerto. Also on the program: Rachmaninoff’s first orchestral masterpiece, Isle of the Dead, and Dvořák’s dramatic Symphony No. 7, which the London journal Athenaeum declared at its 1885 premiere “not only entirely worthy of his reputation, but one of the greatest works of its class produced in the present generation.”

Program (Saturday):
* Sergei Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
* Erich Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
* Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Op. 70


Listening to conductor Kirill Petrenko’s interpretation of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 with the Berliner Philharmoniker promises to be a truly special experience. As The New York Times said of their first American tour together, which was also presented by UMS at Hill Auditorium in 2022, “Even at the very top of the [orchestral] field, playing this spectacular — this virtuosic, colorful, confident, unified, and committed — is vanishingly rare.”

For this limited tour, the orchestra performs Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 5, which explores themes of struggle, redemption, and spiritual transcendence, with rich brass chorales in the final movement. Composed in 1876, just a few years before UMS’s very first concert, the work has never been performed on a UMS program — nor did the composer himself ever hear it performed.

Program (Sunday):
* Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major