The state-to-state exchange program between North Carolina and Baden-Württemberg is offered through UNC-EP, a UNC System Exchange Program. The program offers students the opportunity to pursue coursework at one of the nine German universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg and includes a one month pre-session language and orientation program before you begin to study at the university. For students participating in the full-year exchange, tuition, room and board are free during the language and orientation program! Students may study in the following locations:
The University of Freiburg is the second oldest German university, founded in 1457. It is famous for its forestry school and offers a wide range of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. The picturesque city of Freiburg is set in a beautiful valley at the western edge of the Black Forest.
This university is the oldest in Germany (founded in 1386). Set on the Neckar River, Heidelberg, with its famous castle, creates a historic setting for study of the humanities, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences.
The University of Hohenheim emphasizes research in agricultural and biological sciences. Business courses are also popular here. Beautifully situated in a castle perched on a hill overlooking its agricultural grounds and only half an hour from Stuttgart, this small town offers well-equipped laboratories and research facilities.
A city of 280,000 inhabitants located near the French border, Karlsruhe is one of Baden-Württemberg's industrial centers. The university began in 1825 as a technical school and has been expanded to offer courses in 40 scientific disciplines, including engineering and computer science. Students can also take courses in the humanities.
Konstanz is located on Lake Constance, along the German-Swiss border. The university is very new and modern with its library, classrooms, and laboratories all contained in a single complex with dormitories within walking distance. Students can take courses in most of the arts and sciences.
Mannheim is the second largest city in Baden-Württemberg and the home of the University of Mannheim. Mannheim has a strong academic reputation. Its School of Business is considered one of the the best in Europe.
Stuttgart is one of the largest fruit and wine producing centers of the Federal Republic. The Stuttgart area is also a large, modern industrial hub. The University of Stuttgart is a technical university with strong offerings in science, engineering, business, and architecture, and with good, if limited, offerings in the liberal arts.
Since the University of Tübingen's founding in 1477, its students have added to the character of the city. The university is best known for its excellence in philosophy, modern languages, and professional work in theology, law and medicine. The German courses for foreign students are particularly strong here.
More than 170,000 people live in the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm. Ulm's Cathedral, the Ulmer Münster has the highest church spire in the world. Students specializing in the health sciences can study in Ulm, birthplace of Albert Einstein. Course offerings are in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, business, and economics.
One-year program students arrive in Germany one month before the semester begins to participate in a pre-session language and orientation program. After the orientation, you may enroll in German courses especially intended for international students. You may also take regular university courses, if you have sufficient language preparation. Often, UNC-system students have taken a combination of special German language courses and regular university courses (lectures, seminars). All regular classes are direct enrollments, meaning you will be taking classes with German students taught by German faculty members at the German university.
Depending on how many classes you take during each semester, you should receive approximately the same amount of credit for your semester or year as you would as a full-time student at your home institution (up to fifteen credit hours per semester).
The German academic year consists of two semesters, Wintersemester and Sommersemester. There is no summer term like in North Carolina. Usually, the Wintersemester starts around October 15 and lasts four months, including a Christmas break of two weeks. The Sommersemester starts around April 15 and is even shorter (three months).
Students apply to live in university-sponsored housing at the specific univeristy's Studentenwerk (Student Services Office) or Housing Office. On-campus housing, if available, typically is a single dorm room, with shared kitchen facilities. Students also can eat very inexpensively in the Mensen (university cafeterias) which serve state-subsidized meals twice daily (breakfast and lunch). Your floormates may be German students or other foreign students from around the world. In situations where on-campus is not available (due to limited student housing), students will be assisted in obtaining an apartment in town.
Each university offers various opportunities for participation in cultural activities. Posters and pamphlets cover the University and its environs, and the various departments and student services organizations are always up-to-date with information.