Program Overview

This program offers you the opportunity to improve your German proficiency and expand your academic horizons through courses at any one of fifteen partner universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Located in the southwest corner of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is home to some of the oldest, most renowned and prestigious universities in Germany.

  • Encompassing fifteen different universities, the Baden-Württemberg program offers a wide variety of disciplines and courses for students of all majors.
  • Students can take German language/culture courses and/or regular courses in almost any field of study.
  • An experienced full-time Resident Director provides on-site support to students.
  • Every student on the exchange program is eligible for a generous monthly stipend provided by the education ministry of Baden-Württemberg.
  • Baden-Württemberg borders Switzerland and France, and is a great starting point for traveling in Europe.

You may participate for a semester or the academic year. There are some programs taught all in English, especially in the fields of Journalism, Industrial Design and Computer Science.*  Other programs accept students with one year of German and consist of one semester of intensive German + a second semester of study in the student’s field with those courses then taught in German. These students will study intensive German the first semester in Tübingen, then stay in Tübingen or transfer to another Baden-Württemberg university the second semester.  Students with more advanced levels of German study can go into courses in their field of study immediately.

Students can choose between fifteen universities located in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Ludwigsburg, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Trossingen, Tübingen, and Ulm. You can choose between a large modern city or a charming historic university town. You may live at the edge of the Black Forest, on a lake near the Swiss border, or in the heart of the Neckar river valley.  Students may select between traditional liberal arts universities, technical universities, a top rated business school, or institutions specializing in teacher education, music, or art. The University of Mannheim Fall program ends prior to Winter break, all others continue until February.  See your GEO advisor for details.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: IE3: Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program

*The programs taught all in English do not require any previous language study, though it is always suggested as a way to feel more comfortable in Germany and in interacting with the local community.
 

Additional requirements

The Baden-Württemberg exchange program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • 45 credits or more (sophomore standing)
  • an overall GPA of 2.75 or above (3.25 for graduate students)
  • at least one year of college-level German with a GPA of 3.00 or higher*

* If you have only one year of college-level German, you will be required to study intensive German the first semester in Tübingen. The second semester, you may stay in Tübingen or transfer to another Baden-Württemberg university. Students with two or more years of German may choose from any of the Baden-Württemberg universities.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

Upon arrival in Germany, you will participate in a four-week orientation in Tübingen, an intensive linguistic and cultural course. After this on-site orientation, you will move to your chosen university where you will take German for Foreigners ("DAF") classes or, if you are sufficiently fluent in German, take regular courses at the university in subject areas of interest to you. Several universities also offer classes taught in English in various disciplines such as, Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Business, Journalism, Computer Science, Law/Pre-Law, Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and Global Health.

For high-achieving undergraduate students who will be in junior or senior standing while abroad, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), offers scholarships for semester-long study in Germany. 

Fall semester is only open for the Mannheim location.

Application process

Application process Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.  NOTE: Some programs require earlier application dates; discuss with an advisor as early as possible.

IMPORTANT: Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline.

  1. Completion of the GEO online application.
  2. Completion of the IE3 online application, which includes the following:
  • Essays
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

In addition to the process described above and below, graduate student applicants must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in GEO Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Dates and Deadlines

Please note: Exact program dates can vary by specific university.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
2/15/2019
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Late December
Term
Fall Semester (Mannheim)
Year
2019
Deadline
2/15/2019
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Mid-February
Term
Fall/Winter Semester
Year
2019-20
Deadline
2/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Late Juky
Term
Spring Semester
Year
2019
Deadline
12/1/2018
Arrival Date
Departure Date

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.