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University of Karlsruhe, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers you an opportunity to earn UConn credit studying at the University of Karlsruhe.  The  University of Karlsruhe, officially founded in 1967, opened its doors in 1825 as a polytechnic school to 250 students. With 20,000 students today, it is a major technical university comparable to MIT or California Polytech. Karlsruhe offers degrees in 40 different fields, including humanities and social sciences.  Its largest programs are in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; computer science; and the natural sciences. Aside from the numerous leisure activities which may be enjoyed in the city area and its proximity to the Alsace region and Switzerland, it is above all the outstanding technical progams which attract so many students to Karlfuhe. Universität Karlsruhe is characterized by unconventional research and teaching projects.

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.  Please read the German Internship Instructions for complete information on receiving UConn credit for your internship.

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.

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


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: Karlsruhe, 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 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering, Sciences
Language of instruction: German Prior language study required: 2 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.7