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Semester Abroad in Nürtingen, Geislingen, or Heidelberg, Germany

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Spend a semester or year in Germany, a landmark of economic, political, and social innovations. Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HFWU) has two campuses as the name suggests:  one in Nürtingen and the other in Geislingen about 40 minutes apart from each other. The campus will be chosen for the student depending on the area of study or major the student has selected. Both campuses are in close proximity to Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Ulm. Stuttgart, the capital of the German state, Baden-Württemberg, resembles one of the most economically stable regions of Germany. Tübingen is known for its university and academic research programs.

German language majors also have the opportunity to study at Heidelberg Universtiy (HU) located in Heidelberg, which is known for its beautiful castle, the Heidelberger Schloss. HU is the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386.  Students have the opportunity to study the language as well as subject related courses such as Business German, German for Natural Science Majors etc.  Students have the opportunity to take part in a 4-week intensive language course before the start of the semester and can register in the International Relations Office for German conversation partner.  HU also offers languages that are not commonly offered by schools in the USA.

The HFWU program is strongly encouraged for Business minors or majors as there is an abundance of business classes taught in English with an international focus. There is also an opportunity to participate in internships while abroad with prior German language skills. The International Office at HFWU is eager to help assist in the application process and guide you through the steps necessary to help make this opportunity part of your journey while abroad.

HFWU requires all students to pay a semester fee that includes a special public transport ticket which allows students to travel for free in the greater Stuttgart area on workdays after 6 pm and on weekends and public holidays all day long. Students studying at Heidelberg University can purchase a semster-ticket at the info-center or you can bike around, since Heidelberg is flat and well-equipped with bike paths. 


Fall semester beings late September through the end of January.  Spring Semester runs from early-March until the end of July. Year long students would begin classes in late-September and arrive back at the end of July with the Spring Semester students.


Students pay regular Linfield tuition, technology fee and a program fee. Housing is paid directly to the overseas institution. Linfield pays the round-trip airfare from PDX for qualified students' first study abroad experience. Students pay their own passport and visa fees and may use their financial aid while abroad.


Students are required to take 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits per semester. These credits do not correlate to hours spent in the classroom and thus vary for each course. The international course catalog lists the ECTS equivalents for each class


Students live in campus dorms during their study in Germany and do their own cooking. Refer to the website

Selection Criterion

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application is required to participate. There is no language requirement for the HFWU program, Nürtingen Campus; however students must be German majors to study at HU.

Other Information

Download PDF of Program Brochure

Download PDF of Information Packet


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