Dear all,
There will be a weekly virtual conversation hour this summer, on Fridays at 10 or 11. You can find the schedule and Zoom link in the German Conversation Hour Google Doc. The first meeting will be this Friday um 11 Uhr.
Here is list of German television and shows available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The rankings seem arbitrary, but the descriptions and availability info are very helpful.
The prestigious and competitive German Bundestag Internship Program, which will take place between March – July 2021, will accept applications.  The application deadline is Friday, July 31.
If you were wondering why it was so cold recently, “die Eisheiligen” [“the Ice Saints“] may offer an explanation 🙂
Virtual screenings at the Michigan Theater: 2018’s “Balloon,” based on a true story, is about a family attempting to escape former East Germany in a hot air balloon in 1979.
Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on virtual internships, workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!
May is National Mental Health Month. Click here for an article on the importance of mental health self-care, “now more than ever.” Resources mentioned in this article are more for faculty and staff, but the CAPS website includes lots of resources and info for students.
The CGIS application portal for studying during Winter 2021 in Tübingen is already open.  The application deadline is September 15.
While the clubs are closed, you can still dance the weekend away! Join the “biggest virtual club in the world” with livestreaming from #UnitedWeStream.  You will find links to many clubs in Germany. Here is an NPR article: Clubbing In The Time Of COVID-19: Berlin Clubs Are Closed, So DJs Are Livestreaming.
The Course Guide for Fall 2020 courses is online.  Here is the list of German dept. classes offered in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. Please note that even if you already know your plans for German language classes, the list also includes a wide variety of interesting courses in English. If you have questions please contact our advisors, Mary and Kalli. Mary and Kalli will continue to be available for virtual meetings. You may also still be able to schedule virtual meetings with our Peer Advisors. See also the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section below.

Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:

  • Conversation Opportunities – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Virtual International Summer Internships and Funding for them – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Advising Info – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students – Miscellaneous
  • Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID” – Miscellaneous
  • Finding German Films and Series Online – Miscellaneous
  • Pre-Order UofM-themed face covers from the M Den – Miscellaneous
  • Jenny the city-dwelling horse cheers up German lockdown – Miscellaneous

Virtual German Conversation Hour

LRC Conversation Partner Site

Go to this page to sign up or find a conversation partner. Please notify the LRC if you notice problems (e.g. outdated records etc.). Don’t be shy: the more people sign up, the better the site will work!

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • We assume Stammtisch is on hiatus for now. Please let us know if you have information about virtual meetings of the Stammtisch, so we can include it here!
  • A German Stammtisch meets once a week, usually on Thursdays at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak or another bar near Main Street. Join the email list to stay up-to-date on where and when the group will meet.
  • There’s also a facebook page: look for “German Table / Stammtisch”
  • Alternatively, contact Mechthild Heerde-Olind at for the current location and for more information.
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.
German Club events will resume in the Fall. In the meantime, check out the German Club Website!
Questions/Comments: email Paul ( or Drue (

Email to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at for updates!

Faculty Advisors Mary Rodena-Krasan & Kalli Federhofer

  • Contact our two faculty advisors, Mary or Kalli, for advice on study abroad, internships abroad, a German major/minor, upper-level German courses, career opportunities in German, study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities, etc.
  • Mary and Kalli will advise you remotely. Email them or see the info below to find out whether/when they are available to advise you in Spring/Summer.
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (
    • Her available office hours this week:
      Tuesday, May 12: 11-3:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, May 13: 11-3:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, May 14: 11-3:30 p.m.,
      Mary’s Zoom Link for Office Hours:
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (
    • Kalli’s available office hours this week:
      Monday, May 11: 8-4 p.m.,
      Tuesday, May 12: 8-4:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, May 13: 8-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, May 14: 8-4:30 p.m.,
      Friday, May 8: 15-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
      Kalli’s Zoom Link for Office Hours:
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here
  • …and you can contact Kalli via text message (734-277-7341) or via Facebook (Kalli Federhofer)

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: Their expertise includes:

  • Current classes and potential courses
  • Study abroad, internship, and traveling in Germany
  • Academic requirements (major/minor, LSA language requirement) and combination (engineering, pre-health, etc.)
  • Max Kade House
  • Departmental scholarships/fellowships
  • On- and off-campus German opportunities (German Club, German Day, etc.)
  • Career/job search
  • Getting involved – enhancing your undergraduate experience with the German Department

This page will only include entries in this category when there is a job/internship etc. aimed at German students at all levels. To see more internship and job opportunities, scroll through Kalli’s blog, addressed to all upper-level German students

There are two German Department facebook groups:

  • “German Advising at University of Michigan” [Read news here!]
    • Join this group to see much of the information you see in this email, as well as other relevant info, in the form of individual announcement posts.
  • “German Program at University of Michigan – Vorwärts Blau!” [Post things here!]
    • You are encouraged to join this group to in order to read and post interesting/fun items related to German language and culture. If you have trouble joining the group or posting something, please email Hartmut!

AND there is a German Department facebook page. Check it out:

You can find weekly updates similar to this email but with lots more content on this blog.

We also encourage you to join us on our LinkedIn site: ‘University of Michigan German Department’

You can also follow us on Twitter: @umichGerman

Conversation Partner Options: Various options for finding conversation partners are listed on this page.

Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!

Study Advice: “Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID”

  • If you are looking for ways to structure studying under these new circumstances, here is some great advice for adjusting your study habits. VIELEN Dank to the German Club’s Paul Chamberlain for finding this. It is full of excellent advice. I am a big fan of the “Pomodoro method” for focussed “mono-tasking.”

Student Resources for Learning Remotely; Virtual BlueCorps office hours for students

Finding German Films and Series

Pre-Order UofM-themed face covers from the M Den

Jenny the city-dwelling horse cheers up German lockdown

If you ever find the opportunity to visit Frankfurt, you may encounter this friendly but rather unusual ambler in the nearby village of Fechenheim 🙂