• Germany
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family
Nov 09, 2022
Dec 29, 2022
18 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

In Luneburg, a beautiful, historical city dating back more than a thousand years, USAC students study intensive elementary, intermediate, and advanced German language. The USAC program is located at the Leuphana University Luneburg (formerly University of Luneburg), where you can participate in university activities and clubs and become acquainted with local students.

You can also take elective courses, taught in English or German, in subjects such as political science, anthropology, economics, and speech communication, and qualified students can apply for a work-study grant or for an internship at a local business. Field trips to regional sites of interest, for example to Hamburg, Schwerin, and Lubeck, are included in the program, giving you opportunities to learn more about the country, the history of the area, and the German people.

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Program Highlights

  • Live in a vibrant university town and a beautiful medieval setting just 30 minutes away from Hamburg
  • Join in a wide range of extracurricular activities on and off campus and take advantage of the study and bus pass which is included in the program fee
  • Feel at home with the help of local students and language partners
  • Enjoy field trips and the tour of Berlin, where you can explore its history and exciting and diverse cultural life
  • Renewable Resources students (graduate and undergraduate) interested in study abroad should consider direct enrollment courses at Leuphana through USAC


USAC Scholarships

USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $1,000

Program Reviews

4.77 Rating
based on 30 reviews
  • 5 rating 86.67%
  • 4 rating 10%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 3.33%
  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.55
  • Fun 4.35
  • Housing 4.55
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Lüneburg, Germany 2022

Spending a semester in Lüneburg was an unforgettable experience. From the minute I arrived, I felt comforted by the staff of USAC. It was challenging getting there and settling in primarily because of COVID, but the group advisor kept us all in the loop and aware of the regulations. We took classes online for the first part of my semester, which wasn't ideal but went very smoothly. Our transition to in-person classes was needed, especially if you are learning the language for the first time. As our classes progressed, I felt more comfortable speaking German in public. Also, people from Lüneburg were friendly and accepting of us, especially when we tried to interact with and speak their language. The food was amazing and there. are a bunch of really good places to eat around town. Lüneburg is also the perfect place for anyone interested in history. I enjoyed traveling around the area and meeting new people. I would 10/10 recommend this experience to anyone who has to opportunity to go.

  • Train and public transportation access
  • Restaurants
  • Local people
  • Very rainy
11 people found this review helpful.
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Life-changing experience abroad!

One of the absolute best programs and best host countries that I could have asked for during my study abroad experience. The community was so welcoming and always excited to meet and learn about us when we were out and about throughout the charming city whether at restaurants/pubs or little shops. USAC also had hands down one of the most amazing host family connections. They created a safe and fun environment for me to live with them, experience their culture, and become friends with them for life. It was great to be invited to all of the big life events going on in their lives that enriched my experience even more. They only downside I have with the program is that during COVID times we felt a little removed from what German students our age are like. While we met plenty around the city and country, it would have been nice to be more immersed with the university students in some way. Other than this, which was expected during COVID, it was one of the best and more enriching experiences of my life. Would 100% recommend!

13 people found this review helpful.
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Lüneburg, Germany Summer 2019

I spent 6 weeks in Lüneburg, Germany in the summer of 2019. I made some of the best friends and best memories while I was there. In that short time I visited Köln, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Aarhaus, Stavanger, and Bergen. Being able to experience the ease of transportation in the town of Lüneburg as well as Germany as a whole was something I’ll never forget. My classes were just challenging enough and my professors were some of the best educators I’ve ever had. My only regret is not staying longer.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have stayed longer. There are two sessions during the summer and I only attended the first one. If I did it all again I would’ve stayed longer and maybe even done an entire semester abroad.
36 people found this review helpful.
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Lüneburg, Germany

I absolutely loved this program! The support we got from our program advisors was incredible and I never felt scared, homesick, or worried about covid. I had a blast with everyone on the program and was blessed with the housing I found for myself. My classes taught me everything I needed to know but still challenged me. Lüneburg was the perfect choice for someone who doesn’t want a big city feel. Unfortunately, there wasn’t the same student housing that I thought was going to be offered so I had very little notice to find my own place to stay because I didn’t want to do a home stay. But, it ended up working out very nicely!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to be more active on the main campus somehow!
39 people found this review helpful.
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Best experience of my life!

This experience Was so incredible! I came in as a low level german student and now I feel much more confident with my german skills. Additionally, I have learned more about myself and my own capabilities. One of the best things I did Was decided to solo travel through Germany. It is a beautiful country and in so many places I felt so safe as a female presenting Individual. This City, Lüneburg, was so welcoming for individuals and made it comfortable even for people who did not know the City, culture, or language.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to traveling, no matter how far or your time Limit. Regardless of what restraints you have it will be 100% worth it.
40 people found this review helpful.
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Incredible Experience

I'm so glad I chose this program! The city is fairly easy to navigate, with a good bus system. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars (you have to check out Wednesday night karaoke at the Irish Pub), and it's so easy to get to other cities around Germany by train. My host family is so nice, I can tell they want me to succeed and have fun. Steffi (the Resident Director) is the best; she's easy to talk to and really has the students' best interests at heart.
13/10, I recommend this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take all the field trips! They're free and awesome
41 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Just Go

I thought my host mom was kidding when she told me to pack an umbrella. Needless to say, within the first week I had to buy one (and it's still at my host family's house!).
Lüneburg is a beautiful with the loveliest people. USAC wasn't originally my first choice, but I'm so glad the other program didn't work out. As an advanced learner, the program was still able to challenge me and provide me with full support. There were several opportunities to travel with the program and independently. My host family was an absolute dream. If I had one suggestion above any other--stay with a family. I wish I had been able to stay for a full year. I've almost completed graduate school, and I'm trying to find any way back!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Nothing. I wouldn't change a single thing about this program.
54 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I had such a fantastic time studying with the USAC program in Germany. Not only did I learn more of the language, but I really got to enjoy the city I lived in, as well as the whole country. The field trips we took around the country were unforgettable, I learned something new each time. It was also so easy to make friends, both with locals and in the program. There's so much to do within the city itself; from museums to restaurants to karaoke bars to student events, I barely even had time to travel to other places. The ease of movement within the European Union was great as well, I took advantage of the unique opportunity I had to travel to places I had only dreamed about seeing before. All said, I can't wait to be back in Germany again!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to any and all experiences. Don't be afraid to look stupid, ask questions and lose yourself in the journey.
59 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Diana, no you do not need a bachelors degree to go on one of our programs, a majority of them are actually for undergrads. Here are the general requirements to study abroad on a USAC program: USAC welcomes students from any US college or university who: Are at least 18 years old at the time of application and who will be enrolled in a university degree-seeking program while they are abroad...