German House Application
Valpo’s Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center allows you to live in a German language environment without even leaving campus!
Residents — aided by the native-speaker Project Assistant — speak German with each other, plan meals and activities together, and live in a real Studentenwohngemeinschaft.
First, take a tour of the residential section of the Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center (upstairs). If you’re not yet a Valpo student, ask your Admissions Counselor to add a tour of the German House to your Visit Day schedule. If you’re already in a German class, just stop by the German House and ask the Student Building Manager to take you upstairs and show you around.
Also, be sure to come to the annual information meeting in November; you’ll hear about the meeting in your German class.
Complete the application form in January. It has four sections: a basic facts and figures form, an essay that explains why you wish to live in the German House, a copy of your transcript, and an R.A. recommendation form. The application is due in late January; students will be informed of their selection status before regular room selection begins.
Who can live in the German House?
Any Valpo sophomore, junior, or senior who has taken German 204 or the equivalent can live in the German House. Applications are submitted in January the year before you want to live in the house (right before the regular Room Selection process in March).
How long can I live in the German House?
German House residents that want to live in the building for more than one year simply reapply.
I’ll be abroad for part of the year. Can I apply for just one semester?
Yes. Students who are studying abroad are especially encouraged to apply to live in the German House — either in preparation for their time abroad or as a way of easing back into American campus life. There is space on the application form for you to indicate your intent to apply for the fall or the spring semester only.
What happens if I apply to live in the German House but am not selected?
Space in the German House is limited to 13 students, one of whom is a PA; this means that not every applicant can always be accommodated. Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff, and selections are made based on language ability and willingness to participate in communal life. Seniority and male/female balance may also be considered. Applicants are informed whether or not they have been selected well in advance of the campuswide room selection process so that students who are not selected to live in the German House have time to find a roommate and join the regular room selection process at no disadvantage.
Who is the Project Assistant?
Each year there is a new project assistant. The PA is normally an exchange student from Tübingen who takes regular Valpo courses while serving as PA at the German House. There is also a Valpo student serving as Resident Assistant.
What are the rooms like?
The rooms in the German House are singles and doubles within same-sex suites. Each suite has its own bathroom so that only two, three, or four students share a bathroom. Each suite has movable furniture — beds that can be bunked, wardrobes, dressers, desks and study chairs; wiring for cable television; wiring for computer connections and Wi-Fi Internet access; and access to the balconies that run the length of the house.
What are the shared areas of the German House like?
The shared areas of the German House include a living room with fireplace, comfortable seating, and a large table for communal meals; a large kitchen; a TV lounge with German (and American) television; a study room with university computers and free printing; a laundry room; and a guest restroom. For students who have cars on campus, there is a small parking lot available in front of the house.
What makes the German House different from the other residence halls?
There are two main differences. First, German House residents pledge to speak only German in the public areas of the house. Second, residents share meal planning and preparation on weekday evenings, Sunday through Thursday. This shared mealtime (and planning time for it) is the main time period for community interaction in German.
Are there any on-campus jobs associated with living in the German House?
Yes. German House residents may apply for positions as the German House RA, Student Building Managers in the Cultural Center downstairs, and as teachers in the “Kinder lernen Deutsch” program. The other German-related job on campus is the Language Partner position in the Language Resource Center.
What does it cost to live in the German House?
In the 2021/2022 academic year, the charge is $4,437 per semester per person for a double room and $6,324 per semester for a single room. Also, residents who are enrolled in a German course beyond the 204 level receive a German House Residency Scholarship in the amount of $500 per semester, which is added to a student’s existing financial aid. (Exchange students from Germany are not eligible for the Residency Scholarship.)
Do I have to purchase a full-price meal card? After all, we are doing our own cooking five nights each week.
No, your meal card buy-in is at a lower rate. In the 2019/2020 academic year, the charge was $425 per semester, for example.