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University of Ulm, Germany (Baden-Württemberg Exchange)

The Program

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers you an opportunity to earn UConn credits studying at the University of Ulm. Situated on the banks of the historic Danube River, the University of Ulm was founded in 1967 and is a campus university housed in ultra modern buildings. Ulm’s curriculum centers on medicine, mathematics and the sciences and includes electrical engineering, computer science and economics. Ulm  borders on Bavaria with close proximity to Stuttgart and Munich, two of the major cities in the region.  Aside from the numerous leisure activities which may be enjoyed in the city area and its proximity to the Alsace and Switzerland, it is  the variety of excellent academic programs which attract so many students to Ulm.

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. 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.

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

The city of Ulm is known for its pleasant atmosphere and attractive surrounding countryside. Ulm not only has the highest church spire in the world (161,5 metres), but the city on the Danube also is one of the ten cities in Germany with the highest standard of life. With just under 120,000 inhabitants the city is still reasonably small and makes you feel “at home”. You soon learn your way around, nothing is far apart: city and village, lively city centre and country suburbs with allotments and beer gardens.


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: Ulm, 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