Program Overview

Come with only two semesters of German, leave with two years completed. 

This program is part of the longstanding Oregon and Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program. It is designed for students who have completed two terms (101 and 102) of first year German. Students earn the equivalent of the third term of first year German and all of second year German in one semester of intensive language study in beautiful Heidelberg.
Universität Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. It is ranked as one of Germany’s most prestigious institutions. Despite being a large, bustling university city, Heidelberg maintains a provincial charm. Mountains filled with hiking trails frame the Medieval and Baroque cityscape below, offering gorgeous views of the Neckar River and castle ruins.

  • Spend spring term in Germany and earn 18 credits in German language.
  • Complete GER 103, 201, 202, 203 and 299
  • Heidelberg’s central location makes travel throughout Europe very accessible.
  • Get a taste of everyday German life in one of its most vibrant university towns.
  • Benefit from the support of an experienced on-site director
  • Accepted students will receive the monthly Baden-Württemberg Scholarship

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: APPLY EARLY

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit IE3's HAP program page.

Additional requirements

The program is open to students from all fields of study. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • Two terms of first-year German (or the equivalent)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above

Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and UO.

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

The Heidelberg Accelerated Program offers an intense set of German as a Foreign Language (DaF) classes during Spring Term. Upon arrival in Heidelberg, students will take a placement test to determine which level class they place into. Oregon students will join other international students at Heidelberg and have approximately 20 hours a week of German Language classes. With approval from UO and the Oregon Study Center Tübingen, students can remain in Germany after the HAP spring term and continue their studies at a German institution in the fall.

  • Students will take Intensive German language classes with other international students at Heidelberg. Students go to Germany for the spring term with two terms of completed German, they leave with two years fulfilled. Students earn 18 UO credits.  
  • HAP students will have the opportunity to take additional courses (in English) at Heidelberg University.  They will have the support of the Oregon Study Centre and Resident Director, located in Tubingen. Classes are 20 hours per week for 15 weeks.

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.

Housing Description

Heidelberg students are housed in single rooms in a residence hall (Wohnheim). Each room has a bed, desk, chair, shelves, large closet, and a sink. Depending on the Wohnheim, students may have either en suite kitchen and bath facilities, or communal facilities that are shared with about 8-12 other students. Your floor mates will be German and international students.

Dorms are co-ed but bathrooms and/or shower stalls can be locked. Shared laundry facilities exist in each building complex. All student housing has in-room internet access.

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.

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

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter202011/15/2019Early AprilEarly July
Spring Quarter202111/15/2020Early AprilEarly July

Travel Advisories

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