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Freiburg, University of Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Culture, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Forestry, German, Government, Government/Poli-Sci, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Politics, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters
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     

This is a program for highly independent, self-motivated students with strong German language skills. The program is a direct-enrollment exchange program; on-site support is provided by the Office of International Studies at Freiburg. Students take all of their coursework directly at the University of Freiburg with other German and International students. "The University of Freiburg was founded over 500 years ago and is among the premier higher education institutions in the country today. Freiburg is situated in one of the most popular vacationing regions and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany – between the fabled Rhine River and the romantic Black Forest. Freiburg and the region are known for their high quality of life and excellent weather: The sun shines here more often than in any other region in Germany.

But Freiburg’s international reputation isn’t limited to its status as the “capital” of the famous Black Forest: It’s also known as the “green city,” where environmental consciousness plays an important role in politics, industry, and daily life. This is also evident in the top two means of transportation in the city: bicycles and trams. The city also boasts an exciting array of cultural and academic offerings and is an excellent location for sports fans: The soccer club SC Freiburg is one of the most well-liked clubs in Germany’s top-flight soccer league, and the nearby Black Forest provides ideal terrain for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing" (excerpet from the University of Freiburg Website).

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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.

Students will enroll in 12 credits, the equivalent of 24 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

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
    • Second year students may be eligible depending on the amount of credits completed. Junior standing is highly recommend to participate in the exchange program.

Housing and Meals

Students will arrange housing directly with the University of Freiburg. You will live in a student dormitory where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Program Costs

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

Qualified students can apply for the Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship, which includes a stipend of 500 Euro per month for room and board.  Academic Year students are also eligible to receive a full fee waiver for a four week intensive language course in September, that would serve as a conversational fluency course before the fall semester begins in October.

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.

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. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 10/20/2014 07/25/2015
NOTE: Program dates above mark the teaching term. Please do not book flights based on these dates. Refer to information sent directly from Uni Freiburg to accepted students in order to book flights appropriately. (These dates don't include orientation and exam periods.)
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 04/20/2015 07/25/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Dates are tentative, please confirm with University of Freiburg.
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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