Biology, Business, English, History, Modern Languages (German), Philosophy, Politics & International Affairs, Psychology, Variety of disciplines in local language
University of Konstanz
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Konstanz is a university town of about 85,000 people situated on the Swiss border right on beautiful Lake Constance and is a short train ride away from Switzerland, Austria, and other cities in Germany. Konstanz is an active and lively city offering numerous cultural activities and sports, particularly mountain and water sports. It's a very safe city with a high quality of living. Studying abroad in Konstanz is an amazing opportunity because it is a college town, about 15,000 of the 85,000 residents are students! Konstanz's unique location, medieval town vibes, green surroundings, the lake, and mountains allows a unique study abroad experience in a beautiful natural environment.
The University of Konstanz is a smaller university of about 11,700 students from 95 different countries. It was established in 1966 as a reform university with new forms of study and teaching. Today the university is proud of its excellent research and international atmosphere. The campus is modern, with a focus on interdisciplinary teachings, innovation, creativity, and research.
Students can join webinars offered by the International Office focusing on final preparations and formalities before coming to Konstanz. The webinars are offered each time before the respective semester starts. Students receive information and dates by email.
On the Bachelor’s level, most courses are taught in German, some departments offer a wide range of courses taught in English, and some in English/German concurrently.
Courses taught in English include History, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, and Literature. A list of courses available in English can be found here. Be sure to scroll down near the bottom of the list to section titled "Courses taught in English."
Courses taught in German include Mathematics and Statistics, Computer and Information Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Literature, Linguistics, Law, Economics, Politics, and Management. A list of courses available in German can be found here.
The typically workload is 30 ECTS credits per semester for a full-time students.
For courses taught in English, the credit equivalency is 2:1 2 ECTS credits = 1 NAU credit (in the case of a 5 ECTS course students may receive 3 NAU credits)
For courses taught in German, the credit equivalency is 3:2 3 ECTS credits = 2 NAU credits
German Language Courses
As German language skills are important not only for your studies at the University of Konstanz, but also for everyday life in Germany, we strongly advise all exchange students to take a German course – even if you plan to study in English. It's nice to be able to order a coffee or buy a train ticket in the local language!
You can take basic, intermediate, or advanced German classes during the semester! These classes are free of charge. You can find more information here.
Konstanz also offers an intensive German language course, called GO-Konstanz, that lasts 4 weeks and begins before the regular semester. Experienced lecturers will teach groups with approximately 10-15 participants at 6 different levels in the rage of basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. The cost for this language program is 300 Euros (about $350). More information on this language program can be found here.
International University of Lake Constance (IBH) Summer School Intensive Language Program
Prior to the start of the Fall semester, admitted exchange students are eligible to apply for the IBH Summer School Intensive Language Program. Intensive language courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The language course will be accompanied by a welcome program in the afternoons and on the first weekend. It includes lectures on the history, art, culture, and politics of Germany, as well as guided tours, visits to towns, and excursions in the Lake Constance region. The number of participants in limited. Talk to your Education Abroad Advisor, Michelle Harvancik, for more information. More details about this program can be found here.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in ourAcademics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Fall Semester (their Winter Semester: mid-October to mid-February
Spring Semester (their Summer Semester: mid-April to mid-July*
*Students may attend this university for either the entire academic year or for one semester only. Those students wishing to study for only one semester must go during the Spring semester.
Before lectures start each semester is an Orientation week that gives students the opportunity to meet other people, learn about the campus, and get excited for their studies in Germany.
Seezeit student services is the largest provider of student accommodations in Konstanz. In total, they offer 2,355 rooms for students. The residence halls are located throughout town and are easy to reach by foot, bike, or bus. Public transportation is available to students at a substantially discounted per-semester rate. Rooms are typically a single or double occupancy apartment as well as in shared flats. The shared flats are usually shared by male and female students. Every student, however, received their own personal room! International exchange students are guaranteed a room as long as they apply for one during the university application process and before the deadline expires.
You can find more information about accommodation in Konstanz here and even take a look at all the different housing options, including where they are located in town, here.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
Minimum 2.5 GPA
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.