This program is only open to Landscape Architecture students with departmental approval.
AIB, the Academy for International Education in Bonn, Germany, is an organization dedicated to educating students and advancing their skills to become independent, self-confident professionals ready to deal with this world's idiosyncrasies old and new. Their programs bring challenging academic, professional, and cultural components together with European perspectives.
Centrally located within western Europe, and the former capitol of West Germany, Bonn is a particularly livable city characterized by strong economic growth, a wide range of cultural amenities, and a pleasantly low-key urbanity. The city is very green, both in environment and in sustainable attitude, with an excellent public transportation system and a strong emphasis on walk-ability and bike-ability. Located in the Rhine region, Bonn takes advantage of its context: the Rhine River serves as an important spine for the city, with increasing emphasis on the amenity provided by its waterfront and the picturesque atmosphere of the Rhine valley. Travel is easily facilitated by an excellent rail system and airports, Bonn/Cologne and Frankfurt.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students will enroll in 12 credits, the equivalent of 24 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Bonn Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Senior class standing or higher at time of study
- Applicants must be in the Department of Lanscape Architecture and have received departamental approval.
Your housing will be arranged by AIB. You will live with a German family in a homestay. Depending on the meal option that the student selects, up to two meals a day may be provided.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/10/2018||05/02/2018|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||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.
Indicates that deadline has passed