News from the YaleClub Germany

Rhineland Concert on the Insel Nonnenwerth Sunday, October 15

Rhineland Concert on the Insel Nonnenwerth Sunday, October 15

Our wonderful violincello player, Verena Sennekamp (MUS), is organizing the Nonnenwerther concert series this year. She will even be playing herself in a concert on October 15, combining excerpts of The Little Prince with music (including Ravel and Dvorák).

The island, between Bonn and Remagen, seems to be worthy of visiting in itself (Franz Liszt composed here and it was also mentioned in William Thackery’s Vanity Fair). It is only reachable by ferry.

• Sun, October 15, 5 p.m. — Concert in the Kapitelsaal of the cloister

Reserve your ticket via the Inselkonzerte website directly: The seats are going fast, so do so sooner rather than later!

If you would like to meet beforehand, please RSVP via email: Otherwise, we’ll plan on taking the 4 p.m. ferry together from Remagen-Rolandswerth (near B9) over to the isle.

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Stuttgart Hike in the Vineyards Saturday, October 28

Stuttgart Hike in the Vineyards Saturday, October 28

For some Swabian fun (including children), please join us on Sat. October 28 for a hike and lunch in the beautiful Stuttgart vineyards.

• 11 a.m. — Meet at S-Bahn station Obertürkheim, an easy 10-minute ride from Stuttgart’s Hauptbahnhof

• Hike up to the Rotenberger Weingärtle for lunch and a stop by the famous chapel

• Hike back down the vineyard-covered Rotenberg mountain, arriving where we started around 4 p.m.

Please RSVP via email (, so our Stuttgart correspondent, Lutz Berners, can reserve a table for us at the Rotenberger Weingärtle.

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Yale Club Hike in the Taunus Sunday, November 5

Yale Club Hike in the Taunus Sunday, November 5

Whether you live in the greater Frankfurt area or not, you’re invited to join a special Yale Club afternoon of hiking in the Taunus. Feel free to bring your families or friends.

• 1:18 p.m. — Meet at Eppstein Bahnhof. The station has unlimited free parking. If you are arriving from Frankfurt by train, take the 12:52 S2 train from the Hauptbahnhof (direction of Niedernhausen).

• 1:30 p.m. — We’ll start our hike from the station, following the “Ritter Eppo” path overlooking Eppstein’s old town and castle ruins.

• 2:30 p.m. — We should have arrived at the Kaisertempel (1894) scenic overlook; for those who do not wish to hike so far, you can meet us at the Kaisertempel, maybe even have lunch there beforehand; from there we’ll start hiking over the Staufen to Gimbacher Hof, a wonderful place with scrumptious homemade cakes of all varieties in a farm-like setting.

• From Gimbacher Hof, we’ll take a slightly quicker, not quite as strenuous path back over to Eppstein. We should return by 6:30 p.m. Train travelers can shorten the hike by catching the train in Kelkheim after our refreshments at Gimbacher Hof.

Do come and enjoy some good exercise and camaraderie! Please RSVP via email (, so I can reserve a table for us at Gimbacher Hof and send you my cell phone number for the day of the hike.

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If you are interested in organizing a Stammtisch or any other kind of event, send me an email: You can also post any activities on our Yale Club of Germany Facebook page and we will try to spread the word electronically.

Yale Applications / Admissions / Interviews

Yale Applications / Admissions / Interviews

Rebecca Haltzel-Haas, our Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) Director, reports that the 2016-17 ASC interviewing season was a busy one.  Worldwide, Yale College received almost 33,000 applications—the highest number of applications ever submitted.  We had approximately 100 applicants from Germany, for which our alumni conducted 35 interviews.  With 7 offers of admission to the Class of 2021, the admission rate of those applicants mirrored the overall admissions rate.

Keith Light, the admissions officer responsible for applications from Germany, visited schools in Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg this fall.  If you would like to join the ASC and interview candidates (in person or virtually), we are always looking for additional volunteers!  You may contact Rebecca or join via the ASC website:

The ASC is a network of alumni volunteers who share a passion for Yale and conduct interviews on behalf of Undergraduate Admissions with the goals of:

• Providing crucial information about applicants to Yale so that the admissions committee can make better decisions as it shapes the freshman class; and

• Establishing a Yale presence that educates the local applicants and community about Yale’s unique opportunities, values, and character.

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The Yale Club of Germany e.V.

Are you a current/past student/scholar/faculty member or friend of Yale and temporarily or permanently based in Germany? We are here to connect Yalies in Germany. We organize social and cultural and community service events, and we interview German applicants to Yale.

If you are an alumnus of any Yale school, a current Yale student or scholar spending time in Germany, or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a club member.

Stay in touch

For up-to-date event information, join to our Facebook group and subscribe to the Yale Club’s newsletter. If you need to change your address, or wish to unsubscribe from the newsletter list, please contact Lutz.

Local club events

In addition to one-time social and cultural events, there are regular Stammtisch meetups taking place in Frankfurt – and we are in the process of organizing local meetups in BerlinMunich and Hamburg.

Get involved

If you have ideas for events, or are running an event of interest to our members, let us know!


The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, Rebecca Haltzel-Haas.

Yale Book Award

If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize

We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know. Meanwhile, thanks to those who have contributed recently!


The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award.

To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account.

Account details:

Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten)Degussa Bank, Frankfurt
Payee (Begünstigter): Yale Club e.V.
IBAN: DE45500107000000221278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, Hans Christian Siller (contact details above).


Club Officers


David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)
davidfilten  at


Hans Christian Siller (GSAS ’12)
Tel. 0178 1345800 (Berlin/Neubrandenburg)
chris.siller at


Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)
laura.sprague  at


Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90)
Tel. 069 9550 2660 (Frankfurt)
haltzel-haas  at


Lutz Berners (Yale College ’99)
Tel. 0176 6218 9687 (Stuttgart)
lberners  at