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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Sofia Mouritsen Program type: Exchange
Program features: Internship Area of study: Environmental sciences, Environmental studies, German, German literature and culture
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Graduate courses available: Yes Housing options: Residence Hall
Language prerequisite: Yes Language component: All foreign language curriculum; direct enrollment
Language of instruction: German
Program Description:
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University of Freiburg

The Study Abroad Office is pleased to announce the start of a bilateral exchange partnership with the University of Freiburg for Fall 2019 for those wishing to study for a year; Spring 2020 will be open for applications in July 2019. 


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.

Many of the buildings of the University of Freiburg are centrally located in the old town, others only minutes away. Students and employees are closely connected to the daily life – and the nightlife – of a vibrant cultural center. Nestled between the Rhine valley and the Black Forest, the “Green City” Freiburg is known for cycling in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and its close proximity to Switzerland and France. 
--University of Freiburg, Portrait

Courses & Credits

Please see the website above for information on more specific courses offered at the University of Freiburg. An intensive German language and culture course is offered before the beginning of the term, in March. There is an additional cost for this course. There are also tuition-waiver courses offered during the semester for students at the A2-B1 level.
Global exchange students may not enroll in courses in the following areas: Medecine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Molecular Medicine, Psychology, as well as the Liberal Arts and Sciences (specifically at the University College Freiburg). Most courses are taught in German although there are a few taught in English. Students should have German language skills at the B2 level to take courses in German.

Freiburg is known for its excellence in the humanities, natural and engineering sciences, medicine, law, and theology. This diversity also provides an ideal environment for innovative interdisciplinary studies. Some academic highlights:
  • The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics covers the entire spectrum of mathematical disciplines. In physics research the university focuses on nuclear physics and high-energy and elementary particle physics.
  • The university’s Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Earth Sciences is one of the most important centers for interdisciplinary polymer research. The pioneering research of Freiburg’s Nobel laureate Hermann Staudinger in the fields of organic and macromolecular chemistry formed the basis for the development of synthetic materials.
  • At the Faculty of Biology, world-renowned biologists such as Weismann, Spemann, and Oehlkers made revolutionary contributions to developmental biology which set the stage for modern genetic research.
  • The humanities have a long and illustrious tradition at the University of Freiburg. Many outstanding accomplishments in the fields of philosophy, history, and the philology of various European languages are linked to the names and publications of scholars from Freiburg.
  • Freiburg (the city and university) is a leader in environmental science and sustainability. The university's Faculty of Environment & Natural Resources offers excellent opportunities to study these subjects up close.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
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International students in German universities often live in either student dorms or WGs (Wohngemeinschaften or shared apartments). The University of Freiburg will help place students in housing.
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Program Costs

Students will be required to purchase German National health insurance while they are abroad. Those students wishing to apply for a scholarship offered by the state of Baden-Württemberg should contact the Study Abroad Advisor for further details.

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

 Due to drastic differences in the German and U.S. academic calendars, it is best to study either for a full year or during the Spring (Sommer) semester.

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on Welcome days at the University of Freiburg as well as other important links, click here.

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 09/10/2022
10/05/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/10/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA

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