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Christopher Merz (A.B. German 1999)
View of Rostock (Blick von einem Elfenbeinturm zum Anderen), oil on panel,1998.

Academic-Year and Single-Semester Exchange Programs

Year-long Exchange Programs

Our partnership universities are located in Heidelberg, Nuremberg, and Zurich. Additional universities are in Rostock, Erlangen and Bamberg but they prefer graduate students. However, advanced undergraduate students may apply.


These universities offer scholarships which cover some living expenses. Sometimes the scholarship is in the form of work-study. The number of scholarships is limited which could mean that you are admitted by the foreign institution but do not receive any monetary support.

All German majors are encouraged to submit with their exchange application a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant Application as well. The form can be downloaded from the departmental web site.

Additional sources of scholarships may be found online.

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 of junior (3rd year)
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Prerequisite of GRMN 3010/3070 or equivalent (for undergraduates)
  • Meet 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. You will have to submit a Course Approval Form and pay a fee of $125 to OIE.

You will be paying tuition - payable to OIE - as an exchange student. You may use the HOPE scholarships or apply for financial aid. HOPE, however, might not cover the entire tuition when you are studying abroad. OIE will advise you on this.

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

You have to pay for your own transportation to Germany or Switzerland.

You might 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, by comparison, affordable.

Application Deadline and Process

Please contact Dr. DiBella if you have any questions. She will also send you an application form by request. The application is due in January of every year.

Spaces for study abroad are awarded on a competitive basis, as only a limited number of students can be placed in the University of Georgia's study abroad programs. The criteria for the selection of students include students' language proficiency 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.

Contact Information

  • Inge DiBella, PhD
  • German Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Department Germanic and Slavic Studies
  • 214 J. Brown Hall
  • 706 542 0814

Semester-long Exchange Programs

Within the department, we offer only one one-semester long exchange. It is only open for international business majors who have been accepted into the Terry College of Business. They study from April to July at the Business School in Nuremberg. This program is preceded by a month-long language and orientation program. This Nuremberg-exchange program is a crucial part of the Certificate for Business and Political German.

Students who wish to study German abroad for one semester only can check out the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).

All German majors who are studying abroad are encouraged to submit a Kicklighter Study Abroad Travel Grant Application. The form can be downloaded from the departmental web site.

For more information on the Nuremberg-exchange program, please contact

  • Inge DiBella, PhD
  • German Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Department Germanic and Slavic Studies
  • 214 J. Brown Hall
  • 706 542 0814
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