Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.
This program offers a large selection of courses, including art history, business, cinema, economics, history, literature, media, politics, and social science. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website.
You will take 15-19 credits on this program (per IES requirements); note that all courses are taught in German. In addition to IES courses, you may also take direct-enrollment courses at Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg. Music and studio art options are available at local institutes in and around Freiburg. Field trips are also offered as part of this program.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Freiburg 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 3.0 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
4 or more semesters of college level German prior to study
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. Students will live in a residence hall with other German and international students. Typically, students prepare their own meals at home or have the option to dine in affordable student cafeterieas. Meals are not included in the program fee.
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.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
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
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.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing for students only enrolled in IES Abroad courses. For students participating in partner university courses or an internship the departure date is July 25.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Penn State students may not enroll in IES partner university courses or an internship in the fall semester.
** 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.
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