Exchange Programs in Germany
Study in English or German in scenic Bavaria.
Twp different programs in Germany mean that there is a program for everyone, from students with no prior German lanaguage study through dedicated majors. Both of the Bavarian universities listed below offers a "Summer semester" which runs parallel with our Spring Trimester, extending into summer, typically April-July. Augustana has exchange options with each of these universities:
University of Passau: A school of 12,000 students in a city of 50,000 bordering Austria and the Czech Republic. Passau is a beautiful city at the convergence of three rivers, a great location to visit Munich, Vienna or Prague and a great university setting on a wooded campus on the shores of the Danube.
Recommended for German, Business, Economics, History, Communication Studies and a wide range of traditional Liberal Arts majors.
University of Regensburg: A university of 20,000+ students in the bustling city of Regensburg (pop. 130,000) about 1 hour north of Munich. A modern campus just outside of the city center provides students with a great study environment and the chance to live in one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
Recommended for German, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Business, Education and a wide range of traditional Liberal Arts majors.
Each program has different strengths, requirements and emphasis. We recommend speaking with International Programs or the German Department if you are interested in any of the programs below so that you can discover which option is the best for you.
Applications for the Spring 2016 exchanges
will be accepted through August 2015.
Eligibility: These exchange programs are open to any Augustana student with a 2.50 GPA or higher in their sophomore year or later. There is no language requirement, though a knowledge of German is recommended, particularly for the program at Catholic University.
Dates: The Summer Semester at each university typically runs from early April through early July. We also highly recommend that students enroll in the 1 month orientation program in March. This program provides German language instruction as well as an introduction to the university and the city/region. Credits from the German language program of orientation can be transfered back to Augustana as well as the semester course credits.
Calendar: All three universities operate on a semester calendar, with a Winter and Summer semester. For each the summer semester runs from April to July, with orientation in March. This schedule allows Augustana students to enroll in the summer semester as an equivalent to Augustana's spring trimester. Students should expect to enroll in 12 credits of coursework and should be wary of potential overload charges depending upon their schedule for the rest of the academic year of their German program. Seniors should be aware that due to the July exam period for this program, all seniors who participate in a German spring trimester exchange will be listed as summer graduates.
Faculty Contact: Dr. Lisa Seidlitz (German Studies in WLLC)
Academics: Students may choose from any combination of courses in German or English. Each university offers a wide selection of coursework in English for its international student population. Students may choose to study exclusively in English, with courses in their major field, or may opt to include study of the German language as well. At least one course of basic German is recommended so that students will feel more connected to the community and be more able to immerse themselves in local culture.
All participants in the German exchange programs are expected to seek course equivalencies and approvals of courses PRIOR TO departure for Germany. This is not unlike the approval process for transfer courses at other American universities. Syllabi and course descriptions needed to obtain approval at Augustana are available from each university's website. It is highly recommended that students interested in any exchange speak with their major advisor to confirm that courses will benefit them as they move towards graduation.
Students on this, or any exchange, must receive a grade of C or higher on coursework in order to receive Augustana credit for their courses.
Cost: Students on any of these programs pay standard Augustana tuition and fees. For students in Passau, a room in student housing is provided. In Regensburg, the university will assist students in finding housing, but housing is at student expense. Meals and all travel expenses are at student expense with all German exchange programs. Payments are made on the standard academic calendar, as if the student were on campus in Rock Island.
Students should be aware that there may be some additional fees to pay at either university. This may be related to housing or to registration. These are typically small fees (less than 100 Euro) and will be paid at the beginning of the semester.
Cost includes: Augustana charges include tuition & fees. For Passau only, the tuition payments to Augustana also include housing on campus.
Cost does not include: Airfare, ground transporation, meals, health insurance and housing (Regensburg only).
Housing: Housing in Passau is arranged by the university and is covered as part of the exchange. Housing in Eichstätt and Regensburg is independent, but both universities will assist students with housing placements and selection. In both cities a monthly fee is typical to pay for some utilities (TV tax, for example).
Financial Aid: Students are eligible for all standard academic year financial aid for the Spring term spent in Germany. This includes any grants, scholarships and other college, state or federal aid which a student receives on campus. The lone exception to this is work-study aid, as work-study is not available for exchange students in Germany. These three exchange programs are also Augie Choice, Freistat and IOP Grant eligible. The $1,000 IOP Grant is competitive and limited in number.
Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible to any full-time student who has completed 6 terms or 60 credits at Augustana. Transfer students are eligible for Augie Choice after 30 credits or 3 trimesters on campus.
Freistat Grant: Students who plan to enroll in no fewer than 6 credits of coursework offered in German as part of these exchange programs are eligible to seek Freistat Grants of $2,000 or more. The Freistat Language Immersion Grant requires that at least 6 credits of language study be completed as part of the program.
Why an exchange program might be right for you?
Are you an independent person, willing to challenge yourself in a new educational environment? Do you want intensive language study, or perhaps you want to really get to know a new part of the world? Do you want an authentic experience in an international university? Whether for a term, a semester or a year, exchange programs are perfect for students who want to experience what life and what college is like around the world. An exchange lets you go deeper into the host culture than you will if you travel with a large group of Augie students, and it gives you the ability to take classes with native students.
Add to this the fact that because you pay Augie tuition, exchange program courses are not transfer credits, and can count towards your graduation requirements. Also, in many cases exchange programs represent the least expensive programs available, since you are paying Augustana tuition, room or room & board, rather than paying both for tuition and for program costs of an Augie group program.
It takes an adventurous, self-confident and motivated student to truly get the most out of an exchange program, but if you are excited by the idea of living, studying and experiencing another culture without the "Augie bubble", exchanges might be just what you are looking for.