Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a popular travel destination and a popular place to study abroad. Freiburg has slightly more than 200,000 inhabitants, of which approximately 30,000 are students and a large number of them come from abroad.
Freiburg has an abundance of restaurants and bars, including the local brewery 'Feierling', which has a Biergarten. On warm summer nights, hundreds of students gather there for beer, blues or big band music. Freiburg is known as an "eco-city"; in recent years it has attracted solar industries and research.
Check out the Freiburg webcam
and the official Freiburg page
and take a look at map of the city
and watch a short video
Take a look at the Links to BW Journals and Blogs
and read what students in Germany have to say about their experience.
The UMass Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program Office is located at Ernst-Zermelo-Straße 1 (142-143) in Freiburg.
The university was founded in 1457 and has long ranked as one of Germany's outstanding universities. The faculties of Law, Medicine, History, English Studies, Biology, and Pharmacology achieve especially high recognition for excellence. The university has been home to some of the greatest minds: Hannah Arendt, Hans Adolf Krebs, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, to name a few.
While the partner universities in Baden-Württemberg offer courses in virtually all majors, most courses are taught in German. More and more courses are available in English, however and to see an overview of which Baden-Württemberg university will have a sufficient number of course options taught in English in your major, please check the BW Study Options for Undergraduates by Majors and the Baden-Württemberg Study Options.
You may also take a look at the Links to Course Listings in BW and search for courses in your subject areas and also for courses taught in English.
Semester dates and the Academic Calendar
Please note that all students participate in a pre-semester German language course starting in early September or March respectively
Pre-semester Language Courses and Arrival Dates Fall
Pre-semester Language Courses and Arrival Dates Spring
Exchange participants live in the Studentensiedlung, a beautiful area with a lake and the "infamous" Stusi-Bar for evening entertainment. All rooms have kitchen facilities and are single occupancy. Prices for dormitory rooms range from Euro 200-350 per month.
The program fee includes the pre-semester language and culture course and comprehensive German health insurance for 5 or 10 months for students under the age of 30. Living expenses, including room, meals, and incidentals, are not included in the program fee. For our current cost estimate please see our Program Cost Estimate at the top of this page.
Scholarships of up to Euro 400 per month are available through the program. Graduate students engaged in graduate study may be eligible for up to Euro 500 per month. Scholarships are awarded for 5 months for semester students and for a maximum of 10 months.
For important info see the Baden-Württemberg Handbook 2019-2020.