Universität Heidelberg

Universität Heidelberg
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SpringNovember 30Mid AprilLate JulyBudget
Academic YearApril 15Early SeptLate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • German
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

The University of Heidelberg exchange is an excellent option for students in economics, physics, anthropology, political science, and more. Students with no background in the German language may spend the semester taking courses through the institute for German as a foreign language and/or combine intensive German with other content courses. Students live in dorms in what is considered a true student town. Scholarships available up to 400 euros/month and free German language course.


The Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is a member of the League of European Research Universities. In the course of its more than 600 year history, the university has established itself as a center of excellent research and teaching. A wide range of courses are available within the many academic disciplines of this 28,000 student campus, which includes 5,600 international students. Orientation days are arranged for new international students the week before classes begin. There are also intensive German language courses offered for 4-8 weeks in August and September or 4 weeks in March. Language tutorials and German-American “Tandem” opportunities provide students with the opportunity for additional practice in German. Courses are taught in German and occasionally in English.

Departments offering some courses in English:

Computer Science and Information Science
English Literature
History and Sociology
International Studies in Sports Sciences
Politics and Management

The University of Heidelberg maintains an educational philosophy of openness and accessibility for all students.

Detailed information for exchange students including dates, optional language courses, living and studying in Heidelberg is available through the Information for Exchange Students Brochure.


The University of Heidelberg has several campus locations across Heidelberg. Heidelberg is set in the beautiful river valley of the Neckar River in western Germany between Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Heidelberg is a true “university town”, with many activities for students within a relatively small geographical area. Surrounded by many picturesque hillside castles, Heidelberg is a “must see” for any visitor to Germany.


The University of Heidelberg has student residences administered by the Studentenwerk, an independent organization providing various services to the student population. Student residences are quite limited, but the International Office works with the Studentenwerk to secure rooms for exchange students. The residences are varied, but usually they house single rooms sharing kitchen and bathrooms in groups of 2-4. Housing costs range from 220-350 Euro per month. Students will probably need to budget about 735-800 Euros per month while in Heidelberg.

For more information about housing in Heidelberg, click on this LINK and for more about cost of living expenses click HERE.

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