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University of Heidelberg, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Program – Summer)

The Program

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange program offers you an opportunity to earn UConn credit studying German directly 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

Language classes are available for students at all levels. Business German is offered for very advanced students.  Instruction takes place in the morning and in the afternoon students work on projects (journalism, theater, music, ballroom dancing, video production). Two lectures are offered each week on the theme “The Search for the New Europe.” You can obtain examples of the various classes from the BW-Exchange Coordinator. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the University of Heidelberg. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking on the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Heidelberg, Germany
  • Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities
Language of instruction: German Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.7