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Academic Year in Freiburg

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Academic Year

Location:

Freiburg, Germany

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Minimum four semesters college German, five or more preferred; 3.0 g.p.a. in German.

Application Due:

Early Conditional Acceptance : 12/1

General Application Deadline : 2/3

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This consortial program with the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan and Michigan State offers students the opportunity to improve fluency in the German language while taking a blend of program classes and regular German university classes.

Our PDFgeneral information sheet contains information specifically for UI students.

Academic Program

The Academic Year in Freiburg is a two-semester program run according to the local university calendar, October to mid-February and mid-April to mid-July; an early session in September provides orientation and accelerated language coursework.

Cultural Activities

Several excursions are scheduled during the orientation program in September. AYF also arranges activities throughout the academic year, such as hiking in the Black Forest, gathering for a Thanksgiving meal, and attending the local Christmas market.

Program Dates

Orientation & intensive German program in September.
Academic courses run October to mid-February and mid-April to mid-July.
Note: This is an academic year program. It is not possible to take only one semester.

University of Freiburg

The university was founded in 1457, currently enrolls about 24,000 students, and is located in the heart of downtown Freiburg.

Freiburg

Freiburg is located in the Upper Rhine Valley at the foot of the Black Forest. It has about 230,000 inhabitants, and is known for its standard of living and environmentally-conscious civic policies. It is also the sunniest city in Germany, and boasts a temperate climate.

Germany

Germany is the most populous member of the EU and has the world’s 4th largest economy and a high standard of living. It is famous for its contributions to the arts and sciences throughout history.

Living Arrangements

Housing is in university dormitories grouped with other U.S. students and scattered among the German student population throughout the halls.

PDFAYF Housing Information for 2014-15 participants

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to Freiburg, with help and coaching from Study Abroad. One arrival day, AYF staff meet students at the main train station and distribute keys to housing, maps of the city, and an orientation packet.

Local Transportation

Freiburg has an excellent public transportation network, including streetcars and busses. It is also a bike-friendly city, in keeping with its environmentally green mentality.

Eligibility

Minimum four semesters college German, five or more preferred; 3.0 g.p.a. in German.

Costs

Students are billed a program fee by the University of Iowa, which covers all academic & administrative expenses. Students are responsible for their transportation, living expenses, personal expenses, the cost of a passport, books, and other miscellaneous expenses related to living in Germany. Please see the general information sheet PDF in the "Programs" section of this site for a breakdown of cost estimates for the 2013-14 academic year.

How to Apply

Contact Study Abroad to make an appointment with the AYF program coordinator.

Application Deadlines

For early conditional acceptance : December 1, 2013

General application deadline : February 3, 2014

Approved early applicants: click here to apply

Preparation

Acceptance Packet:

Complete and submit the following to Study Abroad:
Confirmation of Participation FormPDF

Medical Self AssessmentPDF

Read and keep the following for your records:
AYF Information PacketPDF

AYF 2014-2015 Academic CalendarPDF

Insurance Information

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


Germany JR Munster

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