Goethe-Institut Credit Program

Goethe-Institut Credit Program

Global Education is proud to have a credit acknowledgement agreement with Germany's world renowned Goethe-Institut. The Institut is a leading center for the promotion of German language and cultural study.

As a result of this partnership, for an additional fee, U.S. based students and professionals who complete Goethe language programs on-site in Germany may be eligible to earn academic credit through Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Millersville University, a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Please Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain that Millersville University credit and the specific Millersville course equivalents and grading system will be transferable/applicable to your particular circumstances. This issue should be addressed before you leave for your Goethe-Institut study. You should obtain the appropriate approvals for credit according to your home institution's guidelines and procedures. 

Applications for Millersville University credit should be made following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program on site in Germany. 

  • APPLICATION

    Applications should only be submitted once coursework has been completed at the Goethe-Institut in Germany. No credit is given for U.S. based courses. Please allow 6-8 weeks for application processing.

    Step 1. Complete the Goethe-Institut Credit Application online. (Please note that a Millersville transcript will only be sent to those individuals/addresses designated on the application.)

    Step 2. After completing the application, you will be taken to the payment processing section. Payment will be received through Millersville University's ticket purchasing site. Therefore, it will appear as though you are purchasing a ticket for an event.

    Follow these instructions to guide you through the payment process:

    1. You must first select the quantity of credits you are requesting to be awarded by selecting "buy tickets" next to the appropriate number.
    2. You will then be taken to a screen where you will select the number of "seats," or quantity of credits. Because you have already selected the quantity of credit, the number next to "select seats" should read "1". Click "Add Seats to Cart" to move to the next page.
    3. The next page is a summary of your "order". Verify that the quantity of credits and the cost (which will include the fees) are accurate.
    4. Select "check out".
    5. You will then need to create a new account, including login information, which will require you to provide your email address and a password. Once you have done this, select "create new account".
    5. Fill in the required fields under "new account" and select "continue".
    6. You will then be taken to the payment page which will require you to securely enter your credit card information.
    7. Global Education will be notified of your application and payment submission. Once this confirmation is received, we will initiate the credit acknowledgement process.

     

    Step 3. The completed application will be forwarded to the Goethe-Institut in Germany, where a transcript to be issued.

    Step 4. The Goethe-Institut will submit the completed transcript directly to Millersville University for processing.

    Step 5. Millersville University will mail official MU transcripts to the addresses indicated on the initial application. 

  • COSTS FOR PROGRAM CREDIT
    1. Payment must be submitted online with completed application.
    2. Payment must be made by credit card as part of the application process.
    3. Millersville University is unable to complete any financial aid paperwork/ consortium agreements for students seeking credit through the Millersville University/Goethe-Institut Credit Program.

    UNDERGRADUATE GERMAN LANGUAGE: 

    • 3 credits = $440
    • 6 credits = $680
    • 9 credits = $920
    • 12 credits = $1,160

    TRANSATLANTIC OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP):

    • 3 credits = $440

    TEACHER TRAINING SEMINARS: 

    • 1 credit = $280
    • 3 credits = $440
    • 6 credits = $680
    • 9 credits = $920
    • 12 credits = $1,160
  • CONDITIONS FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT
    1. The completed Application must be submitted to Millersville University no later than 12 months following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program
    2. Participating students seeking to challenge any aspect of their final grades must address this matter directly with the Goethe-Institut.
    3. Home institutions and/or school districts will not be automatically notified of credit and grades earned through Millersville. Participants who wish to have copies of their official transcripts sent to their home institutions and/or school districts must include the address on the Application.
    4. Once Millersville University has transcripted the academic credit, the transcript record cannot be rescinded.
    5. The application fee is nonrefundable under any circumstances.
  • PROGRAM: UNDERGRADUATE GERMAN LANGUAGE

    COURSE CREDIT AWARD GUIDELINES:

    1. Please note that rapid progression through the minimum of courses and hours indicated is only possible for learners who perform very well (also demanding an extra number of hours of self-studying and practice outside of the class). The average student needs one more course in one or more levels to reach the described competencies of the European Framework, especially when preparing for an exam. This means that if, for example, a student takes a C 1.2 course twice, Goethe-Institut provides that this is not a repetition of the whole program, but an extension and consolidation with other materials and exercises to reach the targeted outcome statements.
    2. The average learning time required to achieve a level is different for each level. For example, B2 and C2 are much broader than A1. A1 is the narrowest level and should be reached in about 70 to 100 hours. Learners who have never learned a foreign language before, however, might even need two courses of 80 to 85 units in this level.
    3. Millersville University will only recognize 3 credits of any one course, no matter the length/duration of the coursework. If a student takes 160+ hours of one Goethe-Institut course, they may be eligible to receive 3 credits of the level they are enrolled in and 3 credits of the immediately preceding Goethe-Insitut course (i.e.: Student takes 160+ hours of B1.1, Goethe may agree that credit can be issued for 3 credits of A2.2 and 3 credits of B1.1). Alternatively, a student completing 160+ hours may opt only for a 3 credit recognition of the targeted course level (i.e.: in the above example, the student could receive credit for B1.1 only, if desired).

    Equivalencies between Goethe-Institut and Millersville University courses based on a 4 or 2 week time schedule with 80-85 contact hours and course descriptions based on the European Framework. All courses that meet this description will count for 3 undergraduate credits.

    *In order to receive academic credit for a Goethe-Institut Course a minimum of one course of 80-85 hours, rapid progression, is required.

    EUROPEAN FRAME- WORK LEVELS ACCORDING
    EXAMS
    (NOT MANDATORY)
    GOETHE- INSTITUT COURSE
    (80-85 H.)

    MINIMUM OF COURSES OF 80-85 HOURS
    (RAPID PROGRESSION)*

    MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENT
    A 1 Start Deutsch 1 A1 1 German 101 (Elementary German 1)
    A 2 Start Deutsch 2 A2.1 1 German 102 (Elementary German 2)
    A2.2 1 German 102 (Elementary German 2)
    B 1 Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) B1.1 1 German 201 (Intermediate German 1)
    B1.2 1 German 202 (Intermediate German 2)
    B 2 Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZDfB) B2.1 1 German 332 (German Civilization 2)
    B2.2 1 German 351 (Composition & Oral Expression 1)
    B2.3 1 German 361 (Oral German 1)
    C 1

    Zentrale Mittelstufen- prüfung (ZMP)
    Prüfung Wirtschafts-deutsch (PWD)

    C1.1 1 German 352 (Composition & Oral Expression 2)
    C1.2 1

    German 362 (Oral German 2)
    OR
    German 442 (Composition)

    C 2 Zentrale Oberstufen- prüfung (ZOP) C2.1 1

    German 442 (Composition)
    OR
    German 445 (Advanced Oral Practice and Self Expression)

    (C2.2) (1)  

    Grading Conversion

    The Goethe-Institut grading scale is converted into the Millersville University grading scale as follows:

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    Sehr gut A
    Gut A-
    Befriedigend B
    Ausreichend C+
    Mangelhaft F
  • PROGRAM: TRANSATLANTIC OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP)
    GOETHE-INSTITUT COURSE MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENT CREDIT AWARD

    Transatlantic Outreach Program

    GOVT 586:
    A Direct Examination of German Government, Education, Business, and Culture for Social Studies Educators

            3

    *If you are participating in a course designed for STEM educators, MU will only be able to give GOVT 586 credit. Please confirm with your schools district if this will qualify for reimbursement before applying. 

    GRADING CONVERSION:

    The Goethe-Institut grading scale is converted into the Millersville University grading scale as follows:

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    Sehr gut A
    Gut A-
    Befriedigend B
    Ausreichend C+
    Mangelhaft F
  • PROGRAM: TEACHER TRAINING SEMINARS
    GOETHE-INSTITUT COURSE LENGTH OF PROGRAM MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENT CREDIT AWARD
    Landeskunde Seminar (Area Studies) 1 Week German 589: Current Topics 1
    Landeskunde Seminar (Area Studies) 2-3 Weeks German 589: Current Topics 3
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 1 Week German 575: Workshop 1
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 2-3 Weeks German 575: Workshop 3

    GRADING POLICY:

    These seminars are offered by the Goethe-Institut on a pass-no pass (fail) basis only and are therefore offered by Millersville University on a pass-no pass (fail) basis only.