University of Massachusetts Amherst
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|Advisor:||Regine John||Who Can Apply?:||All, Five-College, UMass System|
|Fields of Study:||Accounting & Information Systems, American Studies, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture and Design, Art History, Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Astronomy, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Literature, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Classical Civilization, Classics, Classics and Philosophy, Cognitive Neuroscience, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Creative Writing, Earth Systems, East European Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Entomology, Environmental Design, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Eurasian Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Finance & Operations Management, Food Science, Forestry, Francophone Studies, French & Francophone Studies, French Studies, Fruit & Vegetable Crops, Geography, Geology, German and Scandinavian Studies, German Studies, Greek, Hebrew, History, Horticulture, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, Interpreting Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Language and Culture, Japanese Languages & Literature, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Landscape Architecture, Latin, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medieval Studies, Microbiology, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern European Studies, Molecular Biology, Natural Resource Studies, Nutrition, Operations & Information Management, Peace and World Security Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Plant and Soil Sciences, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Religion, Resource Economics, Russian, Russian and East European Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Spanish, Theater, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, Women's Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies||Host Institution:||University of Tübingen, University of Freiburg, University of Heidelberg, University of Hohenheim, University of Karlsruhe, University of Konstanz, University of Mannheim, University of Stuttgart, University of Ulm|
|Language(s) of Instruction:||English, German||Language Prerequisite:||All levels|
|Program Type:||Exchange, Independent Research, Int. Language Studies, Language & Culture Studies||Housing:||Residence Hall|
|In Classes With:||Mostly International Students,Mostly Host Country Students||Minimum Class Standing:||Sophomore|
|Minimum GPA:||2.75||Classification of Credits Available:||Full-Time, Grad Research, Graduate Credits, Undergraduate Credits, Undergraduate Research|
The Baden-Württemberg Program encompasses nine universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg: Freiburg,
The program is administered by the UMass Amherst International Programs Office which offers a pre-departure orientation in Amherst. In addition, our program center in Freiburg offers a two-day on-site orientation program, and our Resident Assistant Director will support and advise students on all aspects of life in Germany during their stay.
Read these blogs on what students in Germany have to say about their experience.
The Baden-Württemberg Program accepts graduate and undergraduate students in good academic standing. All majors are welcome to apply. Program participants enroll directly in one of the participating German universities. For students planning to earn credit by taking regular university courses taught in German, a good command of German and a strong background in the major field are important. Most universities also offer German language and culture classes for foreign students as well as an increasing number of courses taught in English. Actual course offerings are determined shortly before the start of each semester.
Prior to the official start of the semester the German universities sponsor a mandatory language and culture course for new, international students. This introductory language and culture course consists of a grammar review, composition exercises, practice in text analysis, oral comprehension and speaking exercises, as well as an introduction to university life.
Academic Year 2015-16
Pre-semester Language Courses and Arrival Dates Spring 2016
Academic Year 2016-17
Students live in dormitories, all of which have kitchen facilities and single rooms. Prices for dormitory rooms range from Euro 180-350 per month.
The program fee includes the pre-semester language and culture course and comprehensive German health insurance for 5 or 10 months for students under the age of 30. The program fee may be subject to change.
Living expenses, including accommodation, meals, and incidentals, are not included in the program fee. Because exchange rates can change drastically, we strongly advise you to keep track of them. Bear in mind that travel and other monthly expenses vary according to personal habits and arrangements, so that your costs may fall short of or exceed our estimates. For our current cost estimate please see our Program Cost Estimate at the top of this page.
Scholarships of up to Euro 400 per month are available through the program. Graduate students engaged in graduate study may be eligible for up to Euro 500 per month. Scholarships are awarded for 5 months for semester students and for a maximum of 10 months. These stipends are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Preference is given to students enrolled in degree programs at UMass. Non-UMass undergraduate applicants may be considered for scholarship awards in cases of need and/or exceptional merit. Non-degree graduates are ineligible to apply.
Students from outside the UMass system should check their home institutions' regulations for overseas study and should remain enrolled at their home institutions while participating in the Baden-Württemberg Program.
Before You Go and While Abroad
The Region Baden-Württemberg
Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate and easy access to the Black Forest,
Having grown out of a 19th-century agricultural school, the Universität Hohenheim was officially recognized in 1967 as a multi-disciplinary university. Today it is housed in a castle and offers a wide range of courses in natural sciences, agriculture, business, and economics to about 6,000 students. The old town of
The town of
The Universität Karlsruhe is the oldest technical university in
The city of
Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, is located in the Neckar River Valley. The city holds 590,000 inhabitants, and the larger Stuttgart Region has approximately 3.5 million inhabitants.
Tübingen is also located in the
The old town of
UMass Amherst Dept of Germanic Languages & Literature
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2017||10/11/2016 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.