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Pforzheim: Pforzheim University (Summer)
Pforzheim, Germany
Program Terms: Summer
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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:
Kathleen Fox
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Hochschule 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.  


Pforzheim University

Pforzheim University; photo courtesy of Maureen Desorcie.

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 do some Swabian cooking, 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.

Please note that all applicants are recommended to have taken Econ 2 or 4 prior to enrolling in this program. This program offers three 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)

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 of a Pass/Fail basis.

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

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.


Pforzheim University
Photo of Pforzheim University courtesy of Maureen Desorcie.


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 Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, 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.

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.

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