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University of Konstanz, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

Do you expect science and research on the highest level? Would you like to gain knowledge in an international atmosphere? Then you will  feel at home amongst students and lecturers from more than 80 countries. The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers you an opportunity to earn college credits at the University of Konstanz. The University of Konstanz teachs about 40 different subjects in the fields of science, economics, politics and the humanities. The largest program of study in Konstanz is political science/public administration. What is different about Konstanz is that it is a campus university and that it is housed in ultra modern structures in close proximity to each other. Konstanz was founded in 1967. The town of Konstanz lies on the shores of Lake Konstanz (Bodensee), which shares its borders with Switzerland and Austria.

The Academics

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 Univerity 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, particularly Economics, offer a selection of courses taught by visiting professors from English-speaking countries, which  vary from one semester to the next. Your courses will have to be accredited by the German section of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department. Please visit their FAQ Study Abroad website for information on the process as well as many other aspects of the program.

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.

Important!
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
ECON 2493 Foreign Study 15730 Economic Consequences of Political Institutions 3 12/31/2019
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study 17230 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty 3 12/31/2019
POLS 3993 Foreign Study IACM A/B International Administration and Conflict Management 3 12/31/2019

The Experience

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.

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.  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.

Finances

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 Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Konstanz, Germany
  • Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

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