Education: Learning & Lederhosen

Late each afternoon, villagers of tiny Beutelsbach (pop. 900), in Germany's Rems valley climb the twisting road to the hedge-bound estate of Landgut Burg. Their hosts, American undergraduates studying at Stanford University's experimental overseas branch, serve coffee and kuchen, talk exuberantly in often sprained, sometimes fractured, German. Last week Beutelsbachers were greeting a new batch of Stanford students, the second to arrive in Germany since the 30-acre campus was opened last summer.

The university's overseas base, twelve miles from Stuttgart, is a rarity—other American colleges and universities let their undergraduates study abroad, but -few have foreign campuses—and Stanford is well pleased with...

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