Date: August 22, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – In keeping with President Jon Whitmore's goal for the university to have 5% of its students studying in other countries, Texas Tech University's Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures has instituted a new Study Abroad program in Germany this fall semester.

Meredith McClain, associate professor of German, has created a 15-week intensive, immersion course in Quedlinburg, Germany, for beginners in German. Modeled in many ways on her experience of Oberlin Conservatory's junior year in Salzburg, Austria, the course concentrates intensely on the acquisition of the German language and culture for one semester.

This experience allows students to gain a greater degree of linguistic accomplishment together with deeper awareness of cultural and political differences. The course will give students the equivalency of four semesters (or two years) of foreign language study.

"By their return to the U.S. at Christmas, the first group of Texas Tech students will have attained the foreign language proficiency required by most of the colleges at Texas Tech and other major universities in America," said McClain. "More importantly, we hope they will be eager to continue their study of German, Germans and Germany as continuing undergraduates at Texas Tech."

Stephanie Borst, assistant professor of German at Texas Tech and the on-campus program recruiter, said the program will offer students a chance to learn much more about Germany than they'd discover in a textbook.

"This will be an outstanding opportunity for students to learn directly about Germany’s language and culture, its role within the European Union, and international relations," said Borst. "Students will be housed with German families in the UNESCO world heritage site of Quedlinburg in the Eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt."

The only prerequisite for the Semester Study Abroad program is completion of 15 college credit hours. No previous German is required.

"The ultimate goal of the program is to make a contribution to Americans' ability to interact successfully with other cultures, one student at a time," said McClain.

For more information visit and or contact Dr. Stefanie Borst at (806) 742-3145, e-mail