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.
|Term||Academic Year, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|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|
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.
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.
IES Abroad provides on-site support and arranges student housing. IES also arranges an on-site orientation as well as optional excursions and events.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|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.
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.
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.
This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2018–19||Early September – Late July||Mar 15, 2019|
|Spring 2019||Late February - Late July||Nov 15, 2019|
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.
|Academic Year 2019–20||TBD||TBD|
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.
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|
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.
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.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.
Stephanie McGinness, Spring 2016
Sarah Robertson, Spring 2017
Kristen Anderson, Spring 2016
Tilde Hammer, Spring 2016
Hannah Baxter, Spring 2015
Contact our Program Assitants to get a peer perspective. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program:
Annalise Anspach is the Program Assistant for the University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg program. She is a junior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and minoring in German. She participated in the program in spring of 2018 and studied at the University and Sprachlehrinstitut. While in Freiburg, she took classes on renewable energy, art history, Soviet history, and the German language and culture. She enjoyed the beautiful downtown and surrounding forests in addition to the farmers markets throughout the city. She'd tell future students: "Before you go abroad, make goals you'd like to achieve, but stay flexible in order to embrace unforeseen opportunities."