Heidelberg Univ. - Baden-Wuerttemberg Exchange
The University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany, was founded in 1386. Today the University has about 26,000 students, among them are more than 5,000 international students. Heidelberg is located in the Rhein-Neckar region, about 100 km south of Frankfurt/Main. The nearest international airports are Frankfurt and Stuttgart and from each there are frequent trains to Heidelberg.
You can participate in a Buddy Program. In the program, Heidelberg students assist newly-arrived international students in getting settled. From their arrival to planning their free time, setting up a class schedule and finding accommodation, new international students receive individual support.
We hope that you take the chance to travel around other parts of Germany. To this end the International Relations Office offers a range of reasonably-priced trips to well-known places in Germany such as Berlin, Nürnberg, Köln, Rhine and Black Forrest. Please find more detailed information on the excursion program and on other activities offered for international students here.
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Exchange students are usually admitted in one or two subjects which they should have studied for at least one year at their home university. Only certain combinations of subjects are possible. If you need further counseling, please contact your exchange coordinator at the International Relations Office
. You can check the availability of classes (which are called lectures or 'Verantstaltung' in German) here
. Moreover, you are able to search for classes according to the language of instruction.
Four semester proficiency is required for study in German. Students who need additional support regarding their German language proficiency are offered a large variety of different language programs at the University's International Study Center
('Internationales Studenzentrum'). It offers an intensive four-weeks' language course
before the start of the semester as well as language instruction during the semester, supplementing regular university courses.
Exchange students whose language proficiency is not sufficient for taking part in university courses in their subject may be admitted to a full-time German language
course upon prior consultation with the Akademische Auslandsamt (20 hours of teaching per week).
Student residences at Heidelberg University are administered by the Studierendenwerk, an independent organization providing various services to the student population. Although the number of available rooms is quite limited (only 13 per cent of all Heidelberg students can be housed in student residences), the Akademisches Auslandsamt cooperates with the Studierendenwerk to secure rooms in student residences for international exchange students coming to Heidelberg.
Students usually stay in single rooms sharing kitchen and bathrooms in groups of 2 – 4, or in dormitories with kitchens and bathrooms on each floor. There is also a small number of single apartments available. More detailed information about Studierendenwerk student residences (including pictures of each residence) is available on-line here.
Students who have special housing needs due to a disability, allergy or other health problems should indicate this on their application for admission in order to receive the appropriate housing.
Students who would like to get a better insight into the German way of life may be interested in a short stay with a host family during their period of studies in Germany. These stays are arranged by Experiment e.V. and are offered in the Christmas break (two weeks) and at Easter (two weeks). Applications have to be handed in 6 – 8 weeks before the intended stay. For further information please visit the Experiment e.V. website.
Academic Year Dates
October to Late September
Spring Semester Dates
Early April to Late September
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.