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Semester Abroad in Nürtingen or Geislingen, Germany


A mural, part of the Eastern Gallery of the Berlin Wall.

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. Ulm has a similar reputation to Tübingen but is also known for its cathedrals, the famous gothic "Müster," and is the birthplace of Albert Einstein. At HFWU, the international students can participate in field trips which are included with the program.

This program is strongly encouraged for Business 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.

Like many countries, food is a highlight for traveling in Germany. Lunches can be purchased at the student restaurant on campus. Although breakfast and dinner meals cannot be purchased at the student restaurant, there are plenty of hot spots around campus that students enjoy visiting for their morning and evening meals. For more information refer to the HFWU website: http://www.hfwu.de/eng/student-life/nuertingen-campus/dining-halls.html

What about traveling? HFWU requires all students to pay a semester fee that includes the obligatory social contribution and 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. This ticket will allow students to travel to surrounding areas with ease as they look for the grandiose cathedrals and explore the history of the economic and social innovations Germany has reached today.

This is a direct exchange program, so students from HFWU may also study at Linfield for a semester or year. 

Credits taken on this program may apply towards a Business major or minor.  Contact Dr. Michelle Nelson for further details:  mnelson@linfield.edu or call 503-883-2404.

Dates:  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.

Costs:
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.

Curriculum: 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 and can be found at:
http://www.hfwu.de/fileadmin/user_upload/international_office/pdf/130206_Course_Catalogue_for_International_Students_print.pdf

Housing: Students live in campus dorms during their study in Germany. Refer to the website for further information: http://www.hfwu.de/eng/student-life/nuertingen-campus/accommodation.html

Selection Criterion:
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application is required to participate. There is not a language requirement for this program, however German courses taken prior to departure are strongly encouraged to take maximum advantage of varying opportunities offered.

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Website: http://www.hfwu.de/eng/meta/home.html

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