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University of Stuttgart, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

With the factories of many highly visible companies like Mercedes-Benz and Bosch located in Stuttgart, an academic year spent studying there could prove to be an important component of your future.  The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers you the opportunity to earn UConn credits studying at the University of Stuttgart. Located in the capital of Baden-Württemberg, the University of Stuttgart originated in 1829 as a school of commerce and trade and was elevated to a full university in 1967. Today Stuttgart boasts 120 departments housed in 14 schools. Some of the best known are the school of architecture and city planning and the school of aeronautical and space engineering. The University of Stuttgart is highly regarded in all branches of engineering and has an especially strong profile in the natural sciences and mathematics.  Liberal arts students would also do well to consider Stuttgart, as the course offerings in the humanities and social sciences are impressive.

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 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.  Please read the German Internship Instructions

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
GERM 1133 Elementary German I Deutsch als Fremdsprache Grundstufe II(first 90 units) 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 1134 Elementary German II Deutsch als Fremdsprache Grundstufe II (second 90 units) 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3233 Building Language Skills Through Culture I Building Language Skills Through Culture I 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3234 Building Language Skills Through Culture II Building Language Skills Through Culture II 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3251 German Culture and Civilization German Culture and Civilization/ Recent Topics in Germany (Landeskunde: Aktuelle Themen in Deutscheland) together with literature and art in the twenties in Germany (Literatur und Kunst in den Zwanziger Jahren in Deutschland) and history of the German language (Geschichte der deutschen Sprache) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3292 German Language Practicum Praktikum Porsche 6 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study German Regional Studies (Landeskunde: Baden-Wurtemmberg) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GERM 3293 Foreign Study 2nd part of (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 1501 United States History to 1877 “Geburt einer Nation”: Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika 1776-1860 3 12/31/2020
ME 3242 Heat Transfer Heat Transfer (Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung) 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ME 3285 Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems Power Demand, Supply and Distribution 3 12/31/2020
ME 3295 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Special Topics: Steam and Gas Turbines 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ME 3295 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Special Topics: Compressors and Fans 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ME 3295 Special Topics Product Development Systems 3 6/30/2019
ME 3295 Special Topics Engine Combustion and Emissions 3 6/30/2019
MGMT 3225 International Business International Business 3 6/30/2019

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 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. Stuttgart is the cultural centre of the State of Baden-Württemberg with a wealth of theaters and concert halls. It is also the home of a world-famous ballet, with museums and art-galleries as well as academies of music and art.  Every year thousands come from far and near to enjoy the Cannstatter Volksfest, a public festival with a huge amusement park which takes place at the end of September on the common called the Cannstatter Wasen. Over the course of time this festival has become second only to the most famous in Germany, namely, the Oktoberfest in Munich.

German Internship Instructions Stuttgart is also one of the largest agriculture, fruit and viticulture centres in the Federal Republic.  In addition, there are numerous smaller companies involved in the production of machine tools, textiles and clothes, precision instruments, food and luxury items. There are also companies that specialise in woodworking, leather processing and making shoes and musical instruments as well as a number of large breweries. There is also a small paper and chemical industry. Over 300 publishing houses and a highly developed graphic industry has given Stuttgart the reputation of being Germany’s number one “Book Town”.


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: Stuttgart, 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: Arts, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: German Prior language study required: 2 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.7