Goethe-Institut Credit Program

The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) is proud to have a credit acknowledgement agreement with Germany's world renowned Goethe-Institut. The Goethe-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 programs on-site in Germany may be eligible to earn academic credit through Millersville University. Millersville University, a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Email International.Partnerships@millersville.edu for more information. 


Application

Step 1: Review the Financial Policies & Costs and the Academic Policies sections.

Step 2: Complete the online Goethe-Institut Credit ApplicationNote: Applications for Millersville University credit should be made following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program on site in Germany and once coursework has been completed.

Step 3: Make a payment. See the Financial Policies & Costs section. 

Step 4: The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) will review your application and will request a Goethe-Institut academic record for your program.  

Step 5: The Goethe-Institut will issue the academic record directly to Millersville University. IPS will equate the academic record into a Millersville University transcript.

Step 7: After receipt of payment, official transcripts will be mailed to the location(s) indicated on the initial application. Note: Please allow 6-8 weeks for application processing.

  • PAYMENT INFORMATION & COSTS

    GERMAN LANGUAGE Program: (Undergraduate credit)

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

    TRANSATLANTIC OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP): (graduate credit)

    • 3 credits = $440

    TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR: (graduate credit)

    • 1 credit = $280
    • 3 credits = $440

    1. Millersville University is unable to complete any financial aid paperwork or consortium agreements for students seeking credit through the Millersville University/Goethe-Institut Credit Program.
    2. Mail checks or money orders to the following address:

    ATTN: Goethe Institut
    40 Dilworth Rd.
    International Programs & Services, Lyle Hall, First Floor
    Millersville University
    Millersville, PA 17551

    Note: Online payments are currently suspended while we transfer to a new payment system. 

  • ACADEMIC POLICIES
    1. No credit is awarded for U.S. based courses.
    2. The application must be submitted to Millersville University no later than 12 months following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program in Germany. Permission to extend this timeline may be granted by Millersville University and the Goethe-Institut on a case-by-case basis  
    3. Participating students seeking to challenge any aspect of their final grades or course levels must address this matter directly with the Goethe-Institut.
    4. 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.
    5. Once Millersville University has transcripted the academic credit, the transcript record cannot be rescinded.
    6. 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. You should obtain the appropriate approvals for credit according to your home institution's guidelines and procedures. 
  • PROGRAM: GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM

    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-Institut 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 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 (TOP): Social Studies

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

    3 graduate credits

    Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP): STEM

    EDUC: 586: A direct examination of German STEM Education, Workforce Development, and Environmental Sustainability for STEM Educators

    3 graduate credits

    *Please confirm with your schools district if these course equivalencies 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
    A A
    B B
    C C
    F 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 graduate credit
    Landeskunde Seminar (Area Studies) 2-3 Weeks German 589: Current Topics 3 graduate credits
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 1 Week German 575: Workshop 1 graduate credit
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 2-3 Weeks German 575: Workshop 3 graduate credits

    GRADING POLICY:

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

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    A A
    B B
    C C
    F F