Graduate Institutes

Graduate Institutes

Summer Graduate Institutes

Graduate programs in French, German and Spanish are total immersion summer schools offering the MA and the MED. All students are expected to observe a "no-English" rule both in and out of the classroom. The language schools welcome degree candidates, teachers working toward certification, persons planning to travel abroad, and those desiring "refresher courses" for credit or by audit. Participants are, for the most part, high school teachers working towards the Master's Degree, trying to get permanent certification or seeking certification in a second, sometimes third language.

This year, the Spanish graduate program is the only residential summer program of four weeks duration, meeting five days per week on-campus at Millersville University. Students are housed in a language dormitory in Shenk's Hall with separate floors assigned to the program(s). Shenks Hall is owned and operated by Student Lodging, Inc. and is a recently completed upscale residence. Each suite consist of: common living room, climate control, private bedrooms, university network-phone/data/cable, bedding/towels, and two full baths. Shenks Hall provides key card access, ample parking, laundry facilities, monitored security throughout and TV/Lounge areas with wireless access. Click here for the 2012 housing form.  For more information about the French and German offerings, please click on the links in the index section.

Participants may choose to purchase a meal plan or may purchase individual meals. Meals are served at specially assigned tables for a particular language, with a faculty member assigned to each table to facilitate conversation.

The normal load for students is six credits, and the average student can earn the Master's Degree in 3-5 summers. Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted, but 24 credits must be earned in residence. Although a number of students commute, the students are encouraged to live on campus.

We will transfer in up to 1/3 of your coursework (11 credits) from another graduate program toward your degree and we encourage you to check West Chester University's course offerings at  You should consult the graduate advisor of each program for further information.
French:  Dr. Christine Gaudry-Hudson
Spanish:  Dr. Marco Antolín
German:  Dr. Susanne Nimmrichter


The summer school faculty is composed of native and near-native speakers of the various foreign languages. Several come to the U.S. from France and Germany just to teach the summer school and conduct workshops for secondary teachers. Visiting faculty members live in the dormitories with the students and spend much of their extracurricular time with them.


There are a variety of extra non-credit activities consisting of conversation, singing groups, folk dancing, film and video presentations, and performances of plays. The summer schools are operated on the firm belief that participation in a play is a highly effective way of learning a foreign language or increasing one's mastery of that language by utilizing it in a dramatic situation.

Cost & Financial Aid

All summer institutes at Millersville University require students to pay a $165 flat fee per institute (not per course).  This institute fee covers the cost of speakers and materials that are provided to institute participants.  You will see this $165 fee reflected on your bill along with tuition and the general and technology fees.  Questions about the institute fee should be directed to the Associate Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies at 717-871-2053. For information about the costs for the programs, please click here.

A scholarship in the name of Jean-Paul Levy has been established since the summer of 1994 for students enrolled in the French Graduate Program. Interested MA/MED candidates should fill out an application (PDF) by June 1st and include a letter in French stating why they wish to receive the Levy Scholarship. Interested graduate students should contact Dr. Christine Gaudry-Hudson at 717-871-7152.

Graduate Professors

Christine Gaudry-Hudson, Department Chairperson. Graduate Program Coordinator/Director, French Summer Institute. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986. 18th- and 20th-Century French Literature.
Margaret-Ana Börger-Greco, Director, Spanish Summer Institute. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1991. Medieval Spanish Literature, Comparative Genre Studies, 19th-Century and Golden-Age Drama.
Susanne Nimmrichter, Director, German Summer Institute. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1997. German Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition.
Marco Antolín. Ph.D., Universidad de Valladolid, 2002. Comparative Poetry, 20th-Century Spanish Literature, Spanish History.
Leroy T. Hopkins. Ph.D., Harvard University, 1974. Modern German Literature.
André G. Moine. Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1996. French Linguistics, French Language, Culture and Civilization.
Norma Rivera-Hernández. Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1994. Latino Studies, Women’s Studies, 20th-Century Spanish-American Literature.
Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2007. Linguistics and Romance Languages.

Important Forms


For master's candidates only taking the COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION for graduation.



Please visit the Graduate Studies webpage for any documentation not listed above.