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Pforzheim: Pforzheim University Business Program (Summer)
Pforzheim, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
1 - First Year
Courses Offered:
Business, Cultural Studies, German, Political Science, Politics
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Scott Runner
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Enz River walkwayHochschule Pforzheim University dates back to 1877 when the School of Design was founded. The School of Business, established in 1963, merged with the School of Design and the newly created School of Engineering in 1992 to form Hochschule Pforzheim.  The city of Pforzheim (population 117,000) is located in the southern Black Forest region of Germany near Stuttgart.  

Today the University has more than 4,500 students and 145 professors, and it is the third largest university of applied sciences in the State of Baden-Württemberg - and one of the biggest in Germany. 

Pforzheim University is characterized by the high academic qualifications and practical experience of the faculty, as well as by the intensive cooperation with the surrounding business community and beyond, giving students a unique study experience. The Business School was founded in 2005 as the successor to the very successful School of Business, established 40 years earlier. With its many programs, 3,000 students and 85 full-time professors, the school is one of the largest business schools in Germany, resulting in a diverse environment.

Students will learn about Germany's place in the European and Global communities in terms of business, culture and politics. This will involve visits to global businesses large and small, such as Mercedes, Daimler-Chrysler, Porsche, Bosch and Hugo Boss. Global jewelry companies headquartered here will also be included in the schedule. In addition, students will hike in the Black Forest, visit the Supreme Court in Karlsruhe and travel to cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich for on-site history, politics and cultural lessons.  Students from all majors are welcome to apply.

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Education Abroad Credits

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. 


This program offers three required courses:

  • Perspectives and Developments in the EU (IB 499 - 3 credits)
  • European Business, Politics, and Culture (IB 399 - 3 credits)
  • German Language (GER X99 - 3 credits)

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Pforzheim 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.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


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

  • Applicants are recommended to have taken Econ 2 or 4 prior to enrolling in this program.

Housing and Meals

You will live in an international guest house dormitory near Pforzheim University. Each room will have 2-4 occupants and have breakfast available every day.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014
02/27/2014 05/16/2014 06/29/2014
NOTE: Start date marks departure from USA. End date marks moving out of apartments.
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/27/2015 05/16/2015 06/28/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

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