German Studies Program

German Studies at Wartburg CastleGerman Studies is a four-week, six-credit-hour Core Curriculum program designed for all majors.   This course will allow you to learn about the Reformation while living in the Bavarian village of Landshut near Munich, at the heart of Reformation history. You’ll get to travel across many of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes and cities, from Augsburg to the Alps and Luther’s Wittenberg, Marburg, and Eisenach. 

In each place, you’ll have the opportunity to step into the very places you read about: you’ll visit Munich’s museums, Bach’s church in Leipzig, and Wartburg Castle.  You’ll get to stand in the spot where Luther was “kidnapped” and ended up translating the New Testament, have your picture taken in front of the famous Wittenberg Door, and dance to Glockenspiel music in Munich.  You will learn about the bravery and love of Bonhoeffer in his pastoral work in a church buckling under Hitler, his resistance to the Third Reich, and his eventual martyrdom.   You’ll get to pray together at a Concentration Camp memorial site and sing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” in the church where it was first sung!  You’ll enjoy German culture, food, bakeries and Eis! 

Please note that this program is offered in the summer of 2015.


General Information

Dates: Summer 2015

Cost: $4,975

Team Size: 15

Professors: Dr. Robbie Castleman and Dr. Tim Dinger

Location: Landshut, Germany for two weeks, then Erfurt, Germany for approximately two weeks


Courses Offered

  • BBL 3003: Evangelical Theology (core class)
  • BBL 4003: Christian Life (core class)
  • BBL 4483:  “History of the Reformation” (elective)
  • Contact the professors for the possibility of Independent Study credit

Meets Global Studies Requirement


How to Apply:

Note that this program is offered in the summer of 2015.

1. Read the JBU International Travel Policy, which lists the forms and documentation needed to study abroad and provides a general overview of payment methods.
2. Fill out the Application for Summer Education Programs.
3. Return the application and all documentation to International Programs Office.

The studies team leaders review all applications and will communicate with applicants accordingly.


For More Information, contact:

Dr. Robbie Castleman
Professor of Biblical Studies
John Brown University

Dr. Tim Dinger
Director, John Brown University Counseling Center
John Brown University

Melissa Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University