University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg

University Study in Germany: University of Freiburg — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Enroll directly in classes at the University of Freiburg; take 1 course at IES center; 3-week German-language pre-session
Program Level Advanced German language skills required
Courseload 17–20 credits for spring semester, 30–34 credits for the academic year.

Coursework

CLASSES

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 UMN 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.

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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.

Global Identity Helps You:

Because integrated-study programs like University Study 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 sent by email by the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Eric Leinen for additional information.