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We offer many opportunities outside of class to get involved and practice your language skills. From movie nights and conversation hours to student clubs and restaurant visits, there is something for everyone! See a list of upcoming events (such as films, lectures, and performances) and stay informed through our departmental undergrad listserv. Connect with others who share your interest in a particular country or language.

Language Conversation Hours

During the academic year (fall and spring terms only), GSD offers weekly conversation circles. These are open to anyone who is interested in speaking one of our languages in a casual setting. All levels are welcome and you do not need to be a student to attend. Each semester, conversation hours usually begin in the second week of the term.

Language Description Days & Times Location Contact
Dutch Koffeeuurtjel
Request to join the "Dutch at U of M Facebook" group for details and announcements.
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00
Fridays, 1:00-2:00
Bordertown Coffee Jenneke Oosterhoof
Finnish Keskustelutunti Fridays, 12:00–1:00
Bordertown Coffee Aija Elg
German Kaffeestunde
Cookies and coffee provided. Be sure to sign in, because German students may receive extra credit for every three visits.
Fridays, 1:15-2:15
420 Folwell Hall Beth Kautz
Norwegian Norsk Samtale Gruppe
Norsk Samtale Gruppe is a great opportunity to listen and speak Norwegian with other students, the instructors, and a native speaker from Culture Corps. It is informal, and you can ask questions about Norway and Norwegian grammar, or simply chat.  All levels are welcome!
Fridays, 12:00–1:00
125 Folwell Hall Hanna Zmijewska-Emerson

Arsena Ianeva-Lockney
Swedish Fika Fridays, 12:00–1:00
420 Folwell Hall Lena Norrman

Student Clubs

Student clubs are a fun way to connect with others who share your interest in a particular country or area. These student-organized and student-run groups can be official (e.g., registered student groups) or informal groups of friends and classmates. Official clubs are eligible for funding from the University and from our department. We can help with making activities announcements, providing space, and finding other resources. The clubs organize a variety of activities; most groups meet at a local coffee shop for conversation or for weekly film nights, play board games in the language, and go to concerts. It all depends on the interests (and motivation) of the group.

Club Contact
The Finlanders Club is currently inactive. If you are interested in restarting it, contact Aija Elg.  Aija Elg
Der Deutschverein is a club on the University of Minnesota campus dedicated to the enjoyment of the German language and culture. All are welcome.
Den Norske Klubben is a University of Minnesota student club to celebrate Norway and all things Norwegian! It provides opportunities to speak, watch films, plays, and participate in current cultural events. DNK welcomes all students interested in Norway, whether or not they are currently enrolled in Norwegian language classes, as well as students from Norway.
Den Svenska Klubben shows Swedish films, plays kubb matches, celebrates Swedish holidays, and much more. Everyone is welcome!

Other Opportunities

The Germanic-American Institute in Saint Paul has a monthly Kinoabend and other events.

The American Swedish Institute has tours, lectures, exhibits, and a restaurant.

German, Scandinavian, and Dutch House

Freshmen have the opportunity to live in the German, Scandinavian, Dutch Living and Learning Community in Middlebrook Hall.