The Heart of Europe

Enjoy Europe for the first time with this faculty-led program during the KSU Maymester.
Trailer for Discover the Heart of Europe


  • Expenses. Students pay for flights and a $1,750 package. The credit hour option is extra.
  • Scholarships. Students can apply for $2,000 of funding to defray expenses.
  • Credits. Students can request to earn up to 3 credits of GRMN.
  • Timeline. Apply in November, December, and January for Departures in May.



Limited to a total of 30 KSU students in virtual modality and to 20 KSU students as actual short-term study abroad, this generously grant-funded program is especially for learners who are not yet ready for international travel. Anchored at the European Academy in Otzenhausen, the program introduces topics of general interest to KSU students who join, for several days, students from Spain, Germany, and Russia to explore current issues across cultures. Sessions will be in English. Successful participants will earn 1-3 KSU course credits (tuition not covered by grant) and a certificate from the Academy (a nice resume entry!); program cost for traveling students is $ 1,750 (without airfare and tuition) and will be supported with $2,000/each. Open to all students.


Nina discusses the Heart of Europe program during the Maymester

Internship Option

Consider applying for an annual internship at Otzenhausen which supports international educational programs facilitated at the academy for participants from around the world. In this role you will assist with seminars, travel with groups and team leaders to day-long site visits and overnight excursions, and do general office work. Paid at €300/month, you are also eligible for a $1,900 stipend from KSU. Additionally, housing accommodations and food are included for no charge when seminars are in session. Outside of sessions, the cost of living is subsidized. German Studies Majors and Double Majors have priority, but application is open to all students with substantial knowledge of German. Deadline for application is December 1st.