My Daily Schedule

Here is an idea of the kind of schedule that the Summer in Leipzig program will have.

Monday through Thursday:
9:00 am to 12:30 pm: Regular Classes
This is a pair of 1:30 class periods split by a half hour break. The first period is almost always a “normal” class. In my case, this was a group of ten students with a teacher, exercising reading, writing, hearing, and speaking German. Also included is lecture, which is usually short. We played a lot of games, had a lot of exercises, and not an insignificant amount of homework.

The second period varies. Sometimes we have another normal session, and sometimes it is split into a 45 minute session of phonetics with half the class, which then swaps with a normal session for the other 45 minutes. Phonetics is really good and really fun. One time we practiced gargling and croaking like a frog, trying to get the right technique down for the German “R” sound.

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch Break
This is just enough time to get on the tram, go down to either the Hauptbahnhof or Augustus Platz for lunch, and then grab another tram back up to the Institute.

2:00 pm to 3:30: Something different
This is another 90 minute session, which is either a field trip to somewhere interesting like the BMW plant or the Bach Museum, or a session with your project team. These projects vary in size and shape, and are themed. Last month themes included sports, places, and food among others, all focused around Leipzig. At the end of the month, each project team does a presentation for the rest of the school.

Fridays: Short day
Fridays usually have the morning classes and then you are given the rest of the day off.

Evenings: Often free
This is time for running around and seeing Leipzig, doing laundry, fixing meals (dorms have tiny kitchens for such), hanging out with friends, etc. Sometimes, say twice a week, evening activities will be planned. One night, we went to the Leipzig Gewandhaus, which is a really nice concert hall, and heard a performance. Another night we had canoeing scheduled, but it was rained out.

Weekends: Often occupied
Most weekends have a day trip scheduled to somewhere. For example, we went to Eisenach and to the Bach-Haus and the Wartburg one Saturday.

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