Graduate Study Abroad & Exchanges

DAAD program, the Humboldt Foundation as well as other fellowships and opportunities recently arranged with overseas institutions. External funding for study abroad can thus provide a sixth year of supported study. The Graduate School has an exchange program with all universities in Baden-Württemberg (FreiburgHeidelbergTübingen etc.) for which all of our graduate students are eligible; the department cooperates in particular with the Graduiertenkolleg and Exzellenzcluster at the University of Konstanz. Further opportunities of exchange exist with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and other institutions. Almost all of our students find their way to a German-speaking country at whatever juncture proves most useful for the completion of their degree.

Our Department also has an exchange program with the Department for Comparative Literature at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, FrankfurtIn addition, exchange students come to Yale every year from a number of German institutions (the Freie Universität in BerlinFrankfurtBonnKonstanzZürich and others have participated) and this continues to be an important force in internationalizing the graduate experience here and in forging close trans-Atlantic ties for our students.

Baden-Württemberg Summer Program

This fellowship is ideal for students who wish to do research and/or participate in doctoral colloquia and seminars and at the same time strengthen their German skills by participating in special language classes. Language classes are available before the semester starts and during the semester. American citizenship is not required.

Informational Sessions:


To Apply

After these sessions, the department will solicit email applications to the B-W program. All students, grad and undergrad, will be asked to submit the Max Kade Summer Study & Travel application form (downloadable at the bottom of this page). You will then have until March 1 to apply. Please send the requested information to Marion Gehlker,

The BW Scholarship covers the tuition of the language program and rent from your dormitory room. All other costs (transportation, food, insurance, etc.) are the responsibility of the scholarship recipients.

Program information and dates

For more information about the B-W program contact Marion Gehlker

International Toolkit

For more information about study and travel abroad, please review the International Toolkit. The Toolkit provides important resources and information to students, faculty, and staff who are currently traveling abroad or preparing to travel abroad.