Elevated view of the German city of Freiburg

University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg

  1. Program Details

    Enroll at the University of Freiburg and take courses in your major. Enjoy the beautiful city of Freiburg, the Black Forest, and the Upper Rhine Valley.

    Location Freiburg, Germany
    Term Academic Year, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language 4 semesters college-level German for Academic Year; 5 semesters college-level German for Spring Semester
  2. About University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg

    This program allows you to directly enroll in courses at the University of Freiburg. You will choose courses from a wide range of fields at the University, most taught in German. The program is a great option for students with advanced German language skills seeking an affordable, integrated German university experience. 

    Freiburg's proximity to the Black Forest, France, and Switzerland provides the perfect backdrop to explore the city's unique history, culture, and political life.

    Housing & Meals

    All program participants live in university dormitories with other international students and German nationals. You will live in single rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. Although facilities vary, all dorms have laundry rooms, TV rooms and lounges. The program arranges accommodations prior to arrival in Freiburg.


    University of Freiburg extra-curricular clubs and organizations offer numerous activities and excursions during the semester. You will also have the option of participating in the IES activities and excursions. The traditional German academic calendar allows ample free time for personal travel throughout Freiburg, other parts of Germany and the rest of Europe.

    Faculty & Staff

    IES Abroad provides on-site support and arranges student housing. IES also arranges an on-site orientation as well as optional excursions and events.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Advanced German language skills required.

    17–20 credits for spring semester, 30–34 credits for the academic year.

    Enroll directly in classes at the University of Freiburg; take 1 course at IES center; 3-week German-language pre-session.




    Upon arrival in Freiburg, you will enroll in a three-week intensive pre-session to increase your language skills and cultural knowledge in preparation for regular university studies. The pre-session courses are conducted by German instructors as part of the University of Freiburg's orientation program for foreign students. You will receive 3 credits for the pre-session. Consult with the UofM German department for specific information on equivalency information for language classes at the University of Freiburg.

    Program Courses

    Students enroll in a 3 credit required program course at the IES Center, either on German history (Fall) or German politics (Spring). These courses are specially designed for this program and offerings are subject to change. Consult the German department for possible approval for upper division major or minor elective credit.

    University Courses

    You will enroll in 9–12 semester credits at The University of Freiburg, including a required advanced language course (typically 2 credits). Course options include all regular university courses, provided you meet pre-requisites. A typical courseload is three to four University of Freiburg courses.

    Should you decide to take a German literature course, you will be granted 1.5 times the credits of a regular German student. For example, if a class grants 6 ECTS credits, you will receive 9 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to 4.5 US credits. This is due to the fact that you will provide the same amount and type of work as German students, but have to put in more time. 

    The university boasts a variety of highly ranked degree programs in any of more than 60 fields in 11 colleges. Search for specific course information.

    Finding Course Information

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year 2020-21 Early September – Late July May 15, 2020
    Spring 2021 Late February - Late July Nov 15, 2020

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Academic Year 2020-21 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg

    Academic Year 2019-20 Cost of Participation (PDF)

    Spring 2020 Cost of Participation (PDF)

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name University Study in Germany
    Track Name University of Freiburg
    Country Germany


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation
    • Transcript

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.

    Application Review Process

    Once your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad Application System and submit a cancelation request.

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Whitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    Rachel Pladson - Academic Year 2018-2019

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.