Heidelberg, a city of 143,000 inhabitants, is located in the Neckar river valley where the Odenwald opens towards the plains of the Rhine valley. Heidelberg is known for its medieval charm, picturesque architecture, narrow streets, and the world-famous Schloss (castle). Together with the thousands of annual visitors, Heidelberg is truly an internationally and culturally diverse destination, despite its small size. Mark Twain wrote of his adventures in Heidelberg and described the student life at the university in his travel book A Tramp Abroad and it still rings true.
Check out the Heidelberg webcam
and the official Heidelberg page
and take a look at the map of the city
. Watch a video
Take a look at the Links to BW Journals and Blogs
and read what students in Germany have to say about their experience.
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, the oldest university in Germany, was established in 1386. With 28,000 students, it is also one of Germany's larger academic institutions and boasts a wide spectrum of academic studies, from Egyptology to American Studies to Computer Linguistics.
While the partner universities in Baden-Württemberg offer courses in virtually all majors, most courses are taught in German. More and more courses are available in English, however and to see an overview of which Baden-Württemberg university will have a sufficient number of course options taught in English in your major, please check the BW Study Options for Undergraduates by Majors
and the Baden-Württemberg Study Options.
Take a look at the Links to Course Listings in BW
and search for courses in your subject areas and also for courses taught in English.
Semester Dates and Academic Calendar
Please note that you will be participating in a pre-semester language course starting in September/March which is part of the program:
Pre-semester Language Courses and Arrival Dates Fall
Pre-semester Language Courses and Arrival Dates Spring
In Heidelberg housing is expensive and hard to come by – around 33,000 students need a roof over their heads. Only 13 percent find accommodation in the student residences of the Studentenwerk. However, we will not leave you out in the cold on your search for a home. As a participant of the UMass exchange you will get a room in one of the residence halls of the Studentenwerk
The Studentenwerk provides more than 50 student residence halls with around 3,500 rooms and apartments to students in and around Heidelberg. Thereof, around 800 become free and are rented to new students in the winter semester, and 350 in the summer semester. All housing facilities are easily accessible by public transportation or bicycle.
Forms of Accommodation
- Single rooms corridor-style, with wash-basin, shared showers/toilets & kitchen on each floor
- Double apartments 2 single rooms in one shared apartment, shared shower/toilet & kitchenette
- Single Apartments with shower/WC & kitchenette
- Shared flats with 3 to 8 single bedrooms, shared kitchen and bathroom
- Family apartments with 2 to 4 rooms for single parents & families
- Rooms for students with disabilities either double apartments or shared flats, mostly on ground-floor
All rooms are single rooms for one person only, shared rooms (double occupancy) are only available where specially mentioned.
Furnishing and Equipment: Everything about equipment of individual houses and furnishing of rooms can be found in the residence hall catalog (OurStudentResidences
), additional information at FAQ Student Residences
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. Living expenses, including room, meals, and incidentals, are not included in the program fee. 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.
Read the Pre-Departure Info
and the Heidelberg Exchange Student Guide
before you go, but note that not all info provided there will pertain to you. Ask you Program Director and/or Resident Director before taking any action based on this guide.
Read the Baden-Württemberg Handbook 2017-2018
to find more details on your stay.