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UF’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program in Mannheim, Germany

Summer B – 2008 (note: one week later than the official Summer B!) -  July 4  through August 16, 2008

There are 16 openings in this program

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The University of Florida’s MEMS-Mannheim Program
in Germany offers students the opportunity:

-- to explore the rich political, literary, and artistic history of Medieval Germany during the age of the Holy Roman Empire in MEM 3730, “Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire,” offered in English. MEM 3730 can be cross-listed for credit in History or German Studies.

-- to take Elementary German I, thus providing students from History and other fields the opportunity to begin studying German in Germany.

-- to take Elementary German III, thus completing the CLAS language requirement.

-- to complete a course of independent study in Medieval Studies (MEM 4905) or in German Studies (GEW 4905), under the supervision of the MEMS in Mannheim faculty.

 A facsimile of the crown of the Holy Roman Emperors kept at Trifels Castle

The Hagen monument stands at the Rhine River by the Imperial City of Worms. Hagen is a key figure in the legend of the Nibelungen, which inspired a medieval heroic epic and the famous Ring Cycle of Richard Wagner.

MEMS in Mannheim is a flexible program consisting of a MEMS component and a German Language component. Although the components are designed to be complementary, students can structure their involvement in the program to place emphasis on MEMS or German.

The MEMS component:  MEM 3730: Explorations in the Holy Roman Empire, involves coursework in English and weekly fieldtrips to sites of great historical importance in the Middle Ages, including cathedrals, castles, residential palaces, and monasteries. Interested students may also complete a course of independent study in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEM 4905).

The German language component: Students have the option of taking either GER 1120 (the first course in the beginning language sequence) or the GER 1104 (the final course in the beginning language sequence, thus satisfying the CLAS language requirement.  Interested students may also complete a course of independent study in German (GEW 4905).


Students will be housed in dormitories of the University of Mannheim. Application deadline is April 1, 2008.   The space in this program is limited and applications are considered on a space-available basis, so please apply early.

Contact Information: 
UF International Center:  Susanne Hill  - - 352-273-1500 
Program Coordinator:    Will Hasty – -
352-392-2105 x212. 

Eligibility:  Students in good standing who have completed the first semester of their freshman year, have earned a 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale, and are at least 18 years of  age.  Students from other universities and community colleges are welcome to apply.  

Academic Credits:   As this is a UF program, credits taken can satisfy major, minor, and university requirements with prior approval.   UF GPA credit will be granted for courses taken with UF faculty. 

Transfer credit will be earned with courses taught by local instructors at the University of Mannheim.  


Die Stadt Mannheim
The city of Mannheim, located in the Rhine river valley in the historic Palatinate, is close to the ancient Roman limes, the former imperial cities of Worms, Speyer, and Strasbourg, and provides easy access to a wealth of cultural resources that will be explored in program field trips (for example: the Imperial Cathedral in Speyer, the Luther Room in Worms, the residential palace of Mannheim, the Hapsburg palaces in Vienna, and many more sites).

A view of the residential palace in Mannheim, where many of the program events will be held. Much larger than the Palace at Versailles that inspired it, the Palace of Mannheim and the nearby palace at Schwetzingen are testimonies from the "Age of Absolutism" that followed upon the confessional conflict of the Reformation.

Within a generation of the end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the
poet Friedrich Schiller and Ludwig van Beethoven articulated
an artistic vision of the unity of peoples: "The Ode to Joy."

The "Ode to Joy" was adopted as the anthem of the
European Union in 1972.

Beethoven's Ninth "Choral" Symphony, the final movement of which
includes Schiller's "Ode to Joy," was performed by the Orchestra of Haifa, Israel, together with the Mannheim City Chorus, in the summer of 2007,
in front of the palace in Mannheim. The lyrics below are links to brief excerpts from this performance.

2007 MEMS in Mannheim students in front of the Roman "Porta Nigra" in Trier

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium!
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, Dein Heiligtum.
Deine Zauber binden wieder,
Was die Mode streng geteilt,
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
Wo Dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!

  Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.


Joy, beautiful spark of the gods
Daughter of Elysium
We enter fire-imbibed
Heavenly, thy sanctuary
Thy magic reunites those
whom stern custom has parted
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing

Be embraced, you millions!
This kiss for the entire world!

  Run, brothers, your race
Joyful, as a hero to victory.

The Imperial Cathedral, or "Kaiserdom," in Speyer, the largest Romanesque cathedral in northern Europe.When Bernard of Clairvaux came here to preach the Second Crusade, legand has it that he moved from the west door to the altar with only three giant steps.

MEMS in Mannheim . . .
provides students with knowledge about the rich cultural history of the
Holy Roman Empire and the ways in which this history continues
to shape contemporary understandings of Europe.

Weekly fieldtrips in MEM 3730 include excursions to:

-- The Roman and early Christian buildings and ruins of Trier, the first "Holy Roman Empire" north of the Alps, where the Roman Emperor Constantine reigned.

-- The “Royal Hall” in Lorsch, residence of Charlemagne and example of Carolingian cultural politics.

-- The Imperial Romanesque Cathedral in Speyer, where Bernard of Claurvaux preached the second Crusade.

-- Martin Luther sites, the medieval Jewish Cemetery, and the Nibelungen-Museum in Worms.

-- Palaces from the Age of Absolutism in Mannheim and its vicinity.

-- The Vienna of the Hapsburgs, centuries- long capital of the HRE.

The year 2006 marks the bicentennial of
the official end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806.

New HRE- related Links:

Society for the Study of the Holy Roman Empire

Current HRE museum exhibits in Magdeburg and Berlin

The Medieval Jewish Cemetery in Worm, with the Worms Cathedral in the background.

Information on Fees and Financial Aid Opportunities
The estimated program fee is $3350. A non-refundable $250 deposit toward the total cost of the program is required at the time of application.  The remaining fees are due no later than 30 days prior to departure. Health insurance is included in the program fee. Students receiving financial aid may defer payment for up to 60 days after departure. Not included in the program fees:  Round-trip airfare, additional personal travel and personal expenses.

Financial Aid:    

University of Florida students needing financial aid should apply through UF Student Financial Affairs (SFA). 
Non-UF students needing financial aid must apply to their home institutions.     


The deadline for application for summer scholarships administered by the UF International Center is January 11, 2008.  Applications for scholarshps are online.  Partial scholarships for UF students are available on a competitive basis through the College of  Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors program, as well as the International Center.

Students apply online at 
For more information, contact any of the persons listed above. Major medical health insurance coverage while outside of the United States is included in the program fee.

Contact Information:  
Susanne Hill - - 352-273-1500
UF International Center (170 Hub):

Program Coordinator:   
Will Hasty – -
352-392-2105 x 212.
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