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University of Tübingen, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

If you are seeking a quintessential European university experience, immersed with German students in a traditional liberal arts environment, then University of Tübingen may be the right for you.  The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers you an opportunity to earn UConn credits studying for an academic year at the university.  Poised at the edge of the picturesque Swabian Alb, and enjoying the serenity offered by the gently flowing Neckar, the University of Tübingen is part of a genuine university town. Of the city’s approximately 85,000 inhabitants, over a third are either enrolled at or work for the university. Founded in 1477, the University of Tübingen now offers a wide range of academic disciplines: from humanities and social sciences to computer science. In addition, the University of Tübingen offers an excellent selection of courses in Deutsch als Fremdsprache at every level.

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 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. Most of 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 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. However, students who wish to apply for only one semester can also be accommodated in our Sommersemester Plus option.  Although 99% of the students who have gone on this program wish they could have stayed for the entire academic year, we know that this is not always possible. 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.

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
GERM 1133 Elementary German I Sprachkurs B1 (Intermediate German I) 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 1134 Elementary German II Sprachkurs B1 (Intermediate German II) 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3233 Building Language Skills Through Culture I Sprachkurs B2 (Advanced Language Skills I) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3234 Building Language Skills Through Culture II Sprachkurs B2 (Advanced Language Skills II) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Aspekte deutscher Alltagskultur (non-lit) 2 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Pratische Sprachberatung (non-lit) 2 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Deutsche-Kompakt-Sprachkurs (non-lit) 6 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Massenmedien in Deutschland (non-lit) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Spiegelschrift (non-lit) 2 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Proseminar Deutschland nach dem Krieg (literary topic) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study The Political System of the European Union 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study Guns and Gun Control in America 3 12/31/2020

The Experience

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 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 European Union on weekends and breaks.  The university plays an important roll in the cultural, social, and economic life of the city.

Tübingen´s contemporary appearance is characterized by 20,000 students living in a comparatively small city of 85,000. While the majority of the liberal arts departments and institutions are located in the old part of Tübingen, the modern Science Center was built thirty years ago on the hills overlooking the town. The University´s academic reputation is determined by the research achievements of more than 450 professors and about 2000 academic assistants. At their disposal is not only the latest technical equipment, but also extensive library facilities. The latest results of scientific research flow directly into the University´s curriculum, thus guaranteeing an up-to-date education.

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

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/20/2017 10/27/2017 TBD TBD
Calendar Year 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