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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Baden Württemberg Exchange. Since 1968, the state of Oregon and the state of Baden-Württemberg have given students the opportunity to live and study in one of Germany’s most prosperous and scenic regions.

Baden-Württemberg Exchange | Germany

More photos from this program can be found here.

More photos from this program can be found here.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Baden Württemberg Exchange. Since 1968, the state of Oregon and the state of Baden-Württemberg have given students the opportunity to live and study in one of Germany’s most prosperous and scenic regions.

Located in the southwest corner of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is home to some of the oldest, most renowned and prestigious universities in Germany.

  • Encompassing fifteen different universities, the Baden-Württemberg program offers a wide variety of disciplines and courses for students of all majors.
  • Students can take German language/culture courses and/or regular courses in almost any field of study.
  • An experienced full-time Resident Director provides on-site support to students.
  • Every student on the exchange program is eligible for a generous monthly stipend provided by the education ministry of Baden-Württemberg.
  • Baden-Württemberg borders Switzerland and France, and is a great starting point for traveling in Europe.

Program Duration:

  • Fall (Mannheim only): early August – late December
  • Fall/Winter: late August – mid February
  • Spring: early April – late July
  • Spring (Ludwigsburg, Kontanz, Tuebingen, and Heidelberg only): April-late July
  • Fall/Winter/Spring: late August – late July

 

Fall: March 15
Fall/Winter: March 15
Fall/Winter/Spring: March 15
Spring: November 15
- Sophomore or higher
- GPA of 2.75 or above (3.25 for graduate students)
- Minimum one year of college-level German with a GPA of 3.00 or above

This exchange program enables undergraduate and graduate students with diverse majors and interests to study at one of fifteen universities in Baden-Württemberg for an academic year or a semester. Sites include Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Ludwigsburg, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Trossingen, Tübingen, and Ulm. Students may select between traditional liberal arts universities, technical universities, a top rated business school, or institutions specializing in teacher education, music, or art.

Students can choose between fifteen universities located in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Ludwigsburg, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Trossingen, Tübingen, and Ulm. You can choose between a large modern city or a charming historic university town. You may live at the edge of the Black Forest, on a lake near the Swiss border, or in the heart of the Neckar river valley.

Comprehensive information about each campus option can be found in the Baden-Wuerttemberg-Universities-Overview (pdf).

 

The Baden-Württemberg exchange program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • 45 credits or more (sophomore standing)
  • an overall GPA of 2.75 or above (3.25 for graduate students)
  • at least one year of college-level German with a GPA of 3.00 or higher*, except when applying to HdM

* If you have only one year of college-level German, you will be required to study intensive German the first semester in Tübingen. The second semester, you may stay in Tübingen or transfer to another Baden-Württemberg university. Students with two or more years of German may choose from any of the Baden-Württemberg universities.

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 their home university International Programs Office.

Housing varies from university to university, but there are a few constants: all students will be housed in single rooms in university student housing (Wohnheim). The typical room has a bed, desk, chair, shelves, large closet, and a sink. Usually about 8-12 students share a kitchen, showers, and toilets. 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.

Oregon students are supported by the experienced full-time Resident Director, Kevin Bailey, in the Oregon Study Center in Tübingen. The Resident Director travels to each university several times a year to assist students with academic, personal, and logistical matters and is available year-round to support students at all locations. 

Check out this article that Aliya Hall wrote as a foreign correspondents writer in Germany for Ethos Magazine profiling four refugees and their stories.

Check out this Returnee Story of Haley who was on an exchange program in 2015.

Terms

Fall | Fall/Winter | Fall/Winter/Spring

Application Dealine

Fall: March 15
Fall/Winter: March 15
Fall/Winter/Spring: March 15
Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Sophomore or higher

- GPA of 2.75 or above (3.25 for graduate students)

- Minimum one year of college-level German with a GPA of 3.00 or above