Exchange Programs

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painting of the city of Rostock viewed from a balcony with a church in the distance
Christopher Merz (A.B. German 1999) 
View of Rostock (Blick von einem Elfenbeinturm zum Anderen), oil on panel,1998.

Academic-Year Exchange Programs (for undergraduate and graduate students)

UGA has academic exchange agreements with partner universities in Heidelberg, Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Zurich, which allow undergraduate students to spend a full academic year (two semesters) studying abroad. We also have exchange agreements with universities in Rostock and Bamberg, which are intended primarily for graduate students. However, advanced undergraduate students may also apply to these programs.

Length of Exchange

The academic year in Germany and Switzerland consists of the Wintersemester (October to February) and Sommersemester (April to July). Most universities offer preparatory language instruction and orientation sessions for incoming international students in September.


  • Minimum classification as a 3rd-year student
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Prerequisite of GRMN 3010/3015 or equivalent (for undergraduates)
  • Must meet any other requirements specified by the host institution


Once you have been accepted by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, your file will be forwarded to Ms. Colleen Larson at the Office of International Education (OIE). You will have to submit a transfer Credit Approval Form and pay a fee of $125 to OIE.

You will be paying tuition and fees (administered through OIE) as an exchange student. You may use the HOPE scholarship or any other financial aid for which you are eligible. However, HOPE might not cover the entire tuition when you are studying abroad. OIE will advise you on this.

Typically, the preparatory language course prior to the semester is paid for by the foreign institution.

You are responsible for your own transportation to Germany or Switzerland.

You may have to purchase student health insurance at the foreign institution. These health plans are quite affordable and offer major medical. You don't need to purchase such a plan if you can provide proof of U.S. health insurance which covers you abroad.

Meals at the student cafeterias are heavily subsidized. Public transportation within the city limits is also inexpensive. Student housing is also quite affordable (in comparison to typical costs in the US).

Financial Aid

Our partner universities offer scholarships that cover some living expenses abroad (and which sometimes may be in the form of work-study arrangements). The number of scholarships is limited, which could mean that you may be admitted by the foreign institution but still not receive any monetary support.

All German majors applying for an exchange program are strongly encouraged to submit a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant application as well. 

Students should also consult UGA's Office of International Education or search online for additional sources of funding.

Application Deadline and Process

Please contact Dr. Inge DiBella for additional information or to request an application form. The application is due in January of every year.

Admission to these exchange programs is determined on a competitive basis, as there are only a limited number of places available. The criteria for the selection of students include level of proficiency in German and academic preparation. Since the number of spaces offered by some host universities is larger than the number of scholarships they offer, some students may be admitted to the program without an offer of financial support.

Inge DiBella, PhD
German Study Abroad Coordinator
Department Germanic and Slavic Studies
214 J. Brown Hall 

Single-Semester Exchange Programs

UGA offers one single-semester exchange program, which is open only to international business majors who have been accepted into the Terry College of Business. Students study from April to July at the School of Business and Economics in Nuremberg. This program is preceded by a month-long language and orientation program. 

Students who are interested in other opportunities for spending one semester abroad may wish to consider International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP).

All German majors who are studying abroad are encouraged to apply for a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant.

For more information on the Nuremberg business exchange program, please contact:

Inge DiBella, PhD
German Study Abroad Coordinator
Department Germanic and Slavic Studies
214 J. Brown Hall 


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