Practical Learning

For more concrete and detailed information about the internship support services offered by ASL, please visit our Internship Support webpage.

Learning by doing (the so-called Dewey Principle) is a key component of the BA and MA programs at ASL. We strongly encourage students to undertake an internship, for which both BA and MA students can earn credit. In academic projects and practical internships, you apply your skills and knowledge and gather more first-hand experience. Practical and project work will deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills you have gathered during your studies as well as improve your language skills - which is what employers are increasingly looking for, if not expect.

ASL offers a great amount of support to assist students who are interested in doing an internship. We have the Internship Support website where students find valuable information on internships in Germany and abroad. ASL also has a dedicated Internship Support Office where students can consult with the Internship Coordinator. The Coordinator not only helps students with their individual questions but also offers internship workshops each semester.We are also creating special internship projects with selected professional partners.

Project learning along with internships shapes concretely the ASL BA and the MA programs. BA first-year students at ASL participate in the Professional Skills Module iTASK where they create a “professional development portfolio”. In their “senior” year, BA students organize an Undergraduate Symposium as part of the Project Module where they present substantial research projects. MA first-year students at ASL participate in the Professional Skills Module iCAN. Here students work as editors of the peer-reviewed graduate journal aspeers. The second project at the MA-level takes part within the iDEWEY Module. ASL students organize an MA-level conference in Leipzig where students from Germany and Europe can present their academic research.

Additionally, BA students at ASL have the possibility to participate in the Service Learning module to earn credit for a SQM. With the key idea of students servicing a community need to help citizens become more integrated and included in society, Service Learning requires students to prepare and carry out projects that compel them to move beyond their usual societal circles. Service Learning thus bridges campus and community to encourage new forms of learning and knowledge and sophisticated forms of citizenship that are being sought in a variety of careers.