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University of Heidelberg, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange program offers you an opportunity to earn UConn credit studying directly with German students at the University of Heidelberg. Nestled between rolling hills, where the Neckar River spills out into the Rhine plane, the University of Heidelberg enjoys a beautiful and historic location. Under the watchful eye of the famous Heidelberg Castle, the University is interspersed throughout the city, sharing its history and intellectual legacy. Founded in the fourteenth century, the University  has a strong tradition in the liberal arts and is a leader in the sciences and medicine. In addition, the University of Heidelberg has an extensive program of study in Deutsch als Fremdsprache.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester on this exchange program.  If you have achieved less than intermediate level proficiency in German, you can 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 German university. 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.

If you are interested in sport, the facilities could hardly be more varied, whether you wish to hike, boat, or do some serious working-out at the Olympic Base on the Neuenheimer Feld campus. The University’s choirs and orchestras, theatrical groups and political debating societies form an integral part of this cultural diversity. Most of your courses will have to be accredited by the German section of the Literatures, Cultures & 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.

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 1810001053 Introduction to Public Choice Theory 3 12/31/2020
ECON 2493 Foreign Study System of German Economics after 1945 3 12/31/2020
ECON 3441 Theory of Labor Markets 1810001098 Labor Economics 3 12/31/2020
ENGL 3601+ENGL 3693 The English Language + Foreign Study An Introduction to the History of English 3+1 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ENGL 3623 Studies in Literature and Culture Kulturwissenschaft (Studies in Literature and Culture) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 1133 Elementary German I Grundstufe 3 (Intermediate German II, first 40 hours) 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3200 Intensive Language Practice Literaturkurs am Internationalen Studienzentrum (Intensive Language Practice) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3233 Building Language Skills Through Culture I Grundstufe 3 (Building Language Skills I, next 40 hours) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3234 Building Language Skills Through Culture II Gegenwartsliteratur (Building Language Skills through Culture II) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3255 W Studies in 20th Century German Literature Lekture literarischer Texte (Studies in 20th Century German Literature) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3265 Topics in German Culture Georg Friedrich Handel (Topics in German Culture) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Literturkurs 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Deutschkurs Mittlestufe II (non-literary topic) 6 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Studienbegleitendes Sprachtutorium 1 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study Das europaiasche Marchen (literary topic) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited

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.

Heidelberg has strived to retain its character as a romantic place to study. The traditional inns in the Old Town have lost little of their attraction, the castle is an ideal setting for meditative walks or sumptuous festivities, the Philosophers’ Way, the banks of the Neckar and the Castle Courtyard still provide a haven of tranquillity for mind and heart, with magnificent views of the Old Town thrown in for good measure. The municipal theatre, countless amateur theatrical groups, film festivals and museums offer a broad range of cultural activity. The old Karlstor Station has been recently refashioned to house an alternative arts centre. Rich indeed is the range of musical fare to be sampled, from the cultivation of ancient sacred music to the numerous venues for jazz and pop.


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: Heidelberg, 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
Academic Year 2018 03/01/2018 03/08/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/08/2018 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