Exchange in Germany

Exchange in Germany — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Exchange program; instruction is in German alongside local students.
Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.
Courseload Maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by your study abroad program, whichever is greater. 13 credits per semester.


Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

Freie Universität offers a broad variety of undergraduate programs. The Course Catalog has full course listings. Available courses for a specific term are listed approximately three months prior to the start of the term although you can look at the course catalog at any time to get an idea of what is typically offered.

Freie Universität is on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits at Freie Universität are transferred from ECTS to US credits at a scale of 1 ECTS=.66 US semester credits, 2 ECTS=1.3 US semester credits, and so on. 

Special note to German majors/minors: Students wishing to apply coursework taken in Berlin to a German major or minor must take coursework in German. Courses taught in English are not eligible for German major/minor credit. 

German Language Courses

A six-week intensive preparatory German language course is offered before the beginning of the academic year and Spring semester. This course carries academic credit and incurs an additional fee. 

German language courses offered during the semester are included in the program fee. If you want to take a semester German language course, you will take a placement test during orientation if you have not taken the preparatory course. 

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like Exchange programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.