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Academic Year in Freiburg

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Academic Year


Freiburg, Germany




- Overall GPA of at least 2.75

- Minimum four semesters college German, five or more preferred

- 3.0 GPA in German

- Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

Early Conditional Acceptance : 12/7

General Application Deadline : 2/8

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This consortial program with the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan, and Michigan State offers students the opportunity to improve fluency in the German language while taking a blend of program classes and regular German university classes.

Academic Program

The Academic Year in Freiburg is a two-semester program run according to the local university calendar— October to mid-February and mid-April to mid-July; an early session in September provides orientation and accelerated language coursework.

Cultural Activities

Several excursions are scheduled during the orientation program in September. AYF also arranges activities throughout the academic year, such as hiking in the Black Forest, gathering for a Thanksgiving meal, and attending the local Christmas market.

Program Dates

Orientation & intensive German program in September.
Academic courses run October to mid-February and mid-April to mid-July.
Note: This is an academic year program. It is not possible to participate for only one semester.

University of Freiburg

The university was founded in 1457, currently enrolls about 24,000 students, and is located in the heart of downtown Freiburg.


Freiburg is located in the Upper Rhine Valley at the foot of the Black Forest. It has about 230,000 inhabitants, and is known for its standard of living and environmentally-conscious civic policies. It is also the sunniest city in Germany, and has a temperate climate.


Germany is the most populous member of the EU, has the world’s 4th largest economy, and boasts a high standard of living. It is famous for its contributions to the arts and sciences throughout history.

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Living Arrangements

Housing is in university dormitories grouped with other U.S. students and scattered among the German student population throughout the halls.

To review housing options, please click the following PDF: AYF 19-20 Housing Information with PicturesPDF

Please keep in mind that this is for the 19-20 cohort, and the options listed here may change year-to-year. Please ask the Study Abrod advisor for this program about housing options for your cohort.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to Freiburg with help and advice from Study Abroad. On arrival day, AYF staff meet students at the main train station and distribute keys to housing, maps of the city, and an orientation packet.

Local Transportation

Freiburg has an excellent public transportation network, including streetcars and busses. It is also, in keeping with its environmentally-conscious mentality, a bike-friendly city.


Overall GPA of at least 2.75. Minimum four semesters of college German, though five or more are preferred; 3.0 GPA in German; and students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students must also be prepared to partake in a program interview. The interview is held in Study Abroad with the review committee. Students must be prepared to interview with the acceptance committee and be prepared to speak German during a portion of the interview.


The program cost for the 19-20 academic year has not yet been calculated. Students are billed a program fee by the University of Iowa, which covers tuition, and a study abroad fee is also levied. Additionally, all students are required to have CISI insurance, for which they are automatically enrolled by Study Abroad. This insurance is in addition to any that the student already has, and in addition to the German health insurance that students are required to purchase while in Germany. Students are responsible for their transportation, living expenses, personal expenses, the cost of a passport, books, and other miscellaneous expenses related to living in Germany. Please see the link below for a breakdown of cost estimates for Fall 2018. Costs are usually the same for both semesters, if not slightly less expensive during the spring.

PDFFall 2018 Estimated Cost

How to Apply

Contact Study Abroad to make an appointment with the AYF program coordinator.

Application Deadlines

Early conditional acceptance : December 7, 2018

General application deadline : February 8, 2019

Approved early applicants: click here to apply


Acceptance Packet:

Please return the following Confirmation of Participation Form to the Study Abroad front desk (1111 UCC) by February 22, 2019:

  1. AYF Confirmation of ParticipationPDF
Please read and keep the following for your records:

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Germany JR Munster


PDFGrade Conversion Chart

Two returned UI students share advice and tips for students considering the Freiburg program and give a glimpse of campus life in this video:

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