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Giessen-Friedburg Engineering Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Giessen-Friedberg, Germany




3.0 GPA, German proficiency.

Application Due:

3/1 for Fall and Academic Year
11/1 for Spring

Program Cost:

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This reciprocal exchange allows University of Iowa engineering students to study at the Giessen-Friedberg University of Applied Sciences for either one semester or an academic year. The University is an education/research "collective" which places an emphasis on practice-oriented research and development projects. Engineering sciences are the main focus and all courses are application-oriented in subject and methodology. Course work is similar to that offered at the University of Iowa. Academic credit may be earned in biomedical, chemical, civil, and environmental engineering. The University is located in Giessen, fifty miles north of Frankfurt.

Academic Program

While studying at the University of Applied Sciences, students will remain registered at the University of Iowa. Students’ course work should be similar to those classes offered at the University of Iowa. Academic credit may be earned in the aforementioned programs; however students will need to attain pre-approval from their departmental advisors.

Most courses are taught in German, thus an advanced level in German is crucial. Students may register for classes in English in the department of International Clinical Engineering (during the first year of the program), but an intermediate level of German is required. The University of Applied Sciences does offer German language courses to international students.

Friedberg Programs of Study

• Electrical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Foundry and Material Technology
• Mathematics, Technical Physics
• Industrial Engineering
• Business Administration

Giessen Programs of Study

• Civil Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Bioinformatics
• Biotechnology
• Clinical Engineering
• Medical Informatics
• Medical Engineering
• Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Computer Science
• International Sales and Marketing
• Business Administration

Program Dates

The German academic calendar differs significantly from the American. “Winter Semester” runs from mid-October through February. “Sommer Semester” runs from April through July. It is not possible to study during the Winter Semester and return to Iowa City for spring classes here.

For More Information

Kerby Boschee, Advisor & Program Coordinator
Office for Study Abroad
The University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

The University of Applied Sciences

The University of Applied Sciences, Giessen-Friedberg, is comprised of two campuses enrolling a total of 10,000 students. About two-thirds of the students and professors are located in Giessen and one-third in Friedberg. At Giessen-Friedberg you will not only learn the theoretical aspects of engineering but will heighten your practical skills; the University of Applied Sciences greatly emphasizes the practical side of studying.

Giessen and Friedberg

Both Giessen and Friedberg lie in the heart of Germany’s state, Hessen. Giessen is situated along the Lahn river. This town of approx. 80,000 inhabitants (26,000 students from various institutions) uniquely combines culture with modern urbanity. It draws many tourists due to its quaint, picturesque setting as well as its many historical sights. Friedberg, the center of the Wetterau region and only a few kilometers to the south, is a town with romantic streets and an enchanting medieval castle.


The Federal Republic of Germany has the world’s fourth largest economy, and is the second largest importer and the third largest exporter of goods. The country has developed a very high standard of living and a comprehensive system of social security. Germany has been the home of many influential scientists and inventors, and is known for its cultural and political history.

Living Arrangements

Rent for a room in the residence halls (Studentenwerk) costs approximately 300 Euros/month.

Information regarding private accommodation can be found in the classified section of each town's newspapers: Giessener Anzeiger and Wetterauer Zeitung.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements. Information and advice on international travel is available through Study Abroad.

Local Transportation

Both Giessen and Friedberg boast good road and rail links providing students with great opportunities to travel. Public transportation in and around Giessen is estimated at approx. 115 Euros/semester. The University of Applied Sciences is located only minutes from the train station, and the next largest city, Frankfurt, is approx. 65 km to the south. At the Frankfurt International Airport you can reach all corners of the world.


2 years of college-level German or the equivalent; 3.0 GPA and relevant academic background.


Because this is an exchange program, UI students pay their regular UI tuition plus a study abroad administrative fee, and then study without further fees assessed. Students are responsible for their living expenses and transportation.

How to Apply

Schedule an appointment with the coordinator of the Giessen-Friedberg exchange to determine whether this program is right for you.

Application Deadline

March 1 for Academic Year; Nov. 1 for spring semester.

Please see the information sheet for exchange students.

Orientation Information

Before the beginning of the semester, a few days of orientation will be provided to new foreign students. German students will help foreign students accomplish bureaucratic matters and assist in the integration process.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343