The Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program offers you the opportunity to earn UConn credits studying directly with German students at the University of Freiburg. With both unsurpassed beauty and one of the warmest climates in Germany, the University of Freiburg is located in a picturesque valley on the western border of the Black Forest. Founded in 1457, it is the second oldest university in Germany. Enrolling directly with German students, you may select from a wide range of liberal arts courses as well as a fully developed program of study in Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Not only is the university physically located in the heart of the city of Freiburg – its students, professors, and staff are also an integral part of daily life in the “Capital of the Black Forest”. This is one of the reasons why Freiburg has become such a popular place to study. Aside from the numerous leisure activities which may be enjoyed in the city area and its proximity to the Alsace and Switzerland, it is above all the variety of academic progams which attracts so many students to Freiburg. The university boasts a variety of degree programs in any of more than 60 fields in 11 colleges.
You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester on this program. If you have achieved less than intermediate level proficiency in German, you have the incredible opportunity to strengthen your language skills the first semester by taking an intensive language course (20 hours per week) in the Deutsch als Fremdsprache program (DaF) at the University of Freiburg. You can obtain examples of the various DaF programs from the BW-Exchange Coordinator. You can also opt to supplement your intensive German language studies with one or two university courses taught in English. Many departments offer a selection of courses taught by visiting professors from English-speaking countries, which vary from one semester to the next. See the table below for Freiburg course equivalents. Most of your courses will need to be accredited by the German section of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department. Please visit their FAQ Study Abroad website for information on this process as well as many other aspects of the program.
The Baden-Württemberg Exchange is designed for an entire academic year. Over 80% of the students who participate in the BW-Exchange choose to do so for the entire academic year. Due to the differences in the academic calendars of American and German institutions of higher education, students wishing to spend one semester in Baden-Württemberg are advised to go during their spring semester.
Some internships are also available by contacting the BW Exchange Coordinator.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.
|UConn Dept. and #||University Course Title||Foreign #||Foreign Course||Credits||Accreditation Expiration Date|
|ENGL 3509||Studies in Individual Writers||The Fiction of JD Salinger||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3200||Intensive Language Practice||Internationale Studienwochen Grundstufe 3, Mittelstufe 1)||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3234||Building Language Skills Through Culture II||Internationale Studienwochen (Building Language Skills Through Culture II)||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3255||Studies in 20th Century German Literature||Lituratur nach 1945 (Studies in 20th Century Literature)||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3293||Foreign Study||Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3293||Foreign Study||Stadt und Universitat Freiburg||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3293||Foreign Study||Politk, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Deutschland||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3293||Foreign Study||(German as a Foreign Language) Deutsche als Fremdsprache||6||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|GERM 3293||Foreign Study||Aussprache und Intonation||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|LING 1793||Foreign Study||Introduction to Linguisitcs||3||12/31/2020|
|MATH 3151||Analysis||Analysis II||3||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|MATH 3793||Foreign Study||Elementare Zahlentheorie/ Number Theory II||2||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|MATH 3793||Foreign Study||Computer Algebraic Geometry (Algebra II: Praktikum)||2||6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited|
|MUSI 1003||Popular Music and Diversity in American Society||N/A||The Culture of Hip Hop: Race, Gender, Authenticity||3||6/30/2022|
|POLS 3993||Foreign Study||U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century||3||12/31/2019|
As a Baden-Württemberg participant you will be housed in a student dormitory. Your dormitory room reservation will be made by the International Office or Auslandsamt of your host university. Most German dorms have only single occupancy rooms and are equipped with shared kitchen facilities. Student dormitories usually house a mixture of German and other international students, so you can easily immerse yourself in the language and student culture. You can prepare your own meals in the dormitory kitchen facilities, eat at one of the inexpensive student cafeterias or enjoy the local cuisine in a restaurant of cafe. As an exchange student you have access to all the amenities of the university and the full support of the International Office. You will attend an orientation for all international exchange students when you arrive in Germany and meet German students who act as your mentors to help acclimate you to the university and life in Freiburg. Germany’s train system is highly efficient so you will have easy access to the progressive city of Berlin and the rest of Germany. With an ideal central location, you will also have ample opportunity to tour other areas of the Eurpean Union on weekends and breaks.
The university plays an important roll in the cultural, social, and economic life of the city. With approximately 13,000 employees, the university and the University Hospitial are the largest employers in the region of Southern Baden. Research and Development in technology are integral components of University of Freiburg. For example, the Institute of Computer Science and Society studies the effects of new forms of information technology on society. The university has diversified itself with two additional centers as well: The French Cultural Center conducts research and offers continuing education courses in French studies, and the Center of Material Research (FMF) works to find practical applications for pure research. In addition, as a founding member of the “European Confederation of Universities on the Upper Rhine” (EUCOR) along with the Universities of Basel, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, and Karlsruhe, the University of Freiburg has given new impetus to the integration of the various systems of higher education in Europe.
Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work StudyBudget Sheets: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
- Location: Freiburg, Germany
- Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:|
|Language of instruction:||German||Prior language study required:||2 semesters|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.7|