International Programs

Germany: Academic Programs

The Academic Program

Beginning students take intensive German language classes at the University of Tübingen. Beginning students follow a set of courses especially designed for California State University students and will attend classes with other CSU students.

After the first semester, students whose German language skills have advanced sufficiently may have the opportunity to attend a different university. You will decide this together with the IP Program Assistant in Germany. Usually, only students with strong German language skills and who have specific academic interests that can be better met at another university change universities.

Intermediate & Advanced students (students with 4+ semesters of previous language study) are encouraged to identify their host university preferences in the Statement of Purpose that they write for the IP application. OIP will try to accommodate students' requests; however, students must be willing to attend any of the universities in Baden-Württemberg. Typically, intermediate & advanced students remain at the same university throughout the academic year. More information about each German institution »

Preparatory Language Program

All IP students participate in a Preparatory Language Program (PLP) before the fall semester begins. PLP courses offer instruction in German grammar, reading, writing and conversation. Cultural excursions are included.

The six week PLP for beginning students (generally students with 1 - 4 semesters of previous German language study) takes place in Horb, a small town not far from Tübingen also known as "the gateway to the Black Forest." Students live with host families during the PLP.

The location of the PLP for intermediate & advanced students (4+ semesters of previous German language study) is dependent upon the individual student's academic year placement, with most going directly to their host institutions. Most PLP programs are four weeks long.

Host Institutions

The following institutional placements are available. Students are encouraged to acquire more information on the Web.

Duale Hochschule Bad Mergentheim
Tucked away in the northeast corner of Baden-Württemburg, Bad Mergentheim is a charming town known for its flowering meadows, sunny vineyards and one of the finest spa facilities in all of Germany.

Affiliated with the Duale Hochschule Mosbach, Duale Hochschule Bad Mergentheim offers a practice-oriented approach to learning by making companies an integral part of the university system. Coursework in business is complemented by intensive on-the-job training in industry, alternated in three-month phases.

Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
This institution prepares teachers at the primary and secondary levels. Courses are offered in early childhood education and health education.

Hochschule Furtwangen
The Department of International Business is located in Villingen-Schwenningen, a traditional Black Forest town. Founded as a school for clock making in 1850, the institution offers international business and management coursework in English and German. In addition, subjects are available in digital media and engineering.

Universität Heidelberg
Heidelberg has a population of more than 135,000 and is situated on the Neckar River midway between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in Germany and offers a wide array of traditional university coursework.

Universität Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe was founded as the seat of a duchy and now accommodates the oldest technological university in Germany. The university is highly regarded in science and technology and has received national and international recognition.

Universität Konstanz
Lake Constance, situated where three countries meet - Germany, Switzerland and Austria - offers ideal opportunities. The Universität Konstanz is home to students and lecturers from more than 80 different countries. With approximately 9,000 students, it is a manageable campus with a welcoming environment. All facilities are located on spacious and beautiful grounds, close to Lake Constance. Courses are offered in over 40 different subjects in the fields of science, economics, politics and the humanities.

Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
This institution prepares teachers at the primary and secondary levels. Courses are offered in general teaching methodology, early learning, special education, speech, educational psychology, and culture management.

Universität Mannheim
Mannheim is located at the intersection of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, about 100 kilometers south of Frankfurt (M) and only 15 minutes from Heidelberg. The University is located in the Mannheim Palace, considered one of the largest Baroque palaces in the world. The University has an outstanding reputation in the areas of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.

Hochschule Mannheim
The Mannheim University of Applied Sciences offers science-based yet application-oriented education; it is active in industrial research, development and technology transfer. Coursework is available in the following areas: Communication Design, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Social Work.

Duale Hochschule Mosbach
Mosbach (population 25,000), within an hour's drive of Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Mannheim, is a picturesque medieval town. Founded in 1980, the Berufsakademie Mosbach offers a practice-oriented approach to learning by making companies an integral part of the university system. Coursework in business is complemented by intensive on-the-job training in industry, alternated in three-month phases.

Hochschule Nürtingen
The city of Nürtingen lies between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps, south of Stuttgart. The Hochschule Nürtingen focuses on business and economics with emphasis on international aspects of agri-business, agri-engineering, business, and landscape architecture. Nürtingen also offers postgraduate programs in environmental studies and international management.

Hochschule Reutlingen
Reutlingen is a city of about 100,000 located 25 miles southwest of Stuttgart. The Hochschule emphasizes international business and some courses are conducted in English each semester. In addition, courses are available in textiles and fashion design, mechanical engineering, automation engineering, applied chemistry, industrial economics and international marketing.

Hochschule Rottenburg
The Hochschule Rottenburg offers studies exclusively in forestry. Cooperation with the regional forest service and excellent facilities in Rottenburg and in the nearby forests enhance the quality of the program.


Stuttgart is a city of 575,000 and the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Located on the Neckar River, it is an attractive, modern and prosperous city, and is home of the following four institutions of higher education participating in IP:

Universität Stuttgart
The university has two campuses, with the humanities and architecture faculties located in the city center and the natural sciences and technological areas located in the suburb of Vaihingen. Students can enroll in the following courses: architecture and urban planning, biology, business, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, engineering (civil, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical construction, aviation, and aerospace), geosciences, physics, mathematics.

Duale Hochschule Stuttgart
The Duale Hochschule Stuttgart offers coursework in business administration, engineering and social work.

Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart
This Hochschule offers a full range of courses for the printing and media industries. HDM is fully equipped with printing machines, and has laboratories and studios for film, multi-images, interactive media, computer animation, video, and sound. It is ideal for students studying printing, packaging, publishing, communication techniques, advertising, media technology, and audiovisual media.

Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Students in the fine and applied arts will find well-equipped, excellent workshops at the Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. Courses are available in fine arts, industrial design, textile design, and graphic design.

Universität Tübingen
Tübingen, with a population of 85,000, is located south of Stuttgart on the Neckar River and has a student population of approximately 20,000. It is an idyllic and historic old town with narrow cobblestone streets, and the academic life at the university is very much a part of everyday life. IP students participating in the "Learn German" program attend the Universität Tübingen. The university was founded in 1477 and has a large percentage of international students from around the world. The Universität Tübingen also offers a wide array of traditional university coursework for advanced students.

Hochschule für Musik; Trossingen
Trossingen is a small town to the south of Stuttgart. For the dedicated music student, it offers the opportunity to focus solely on music in a cooperative atmosphere with small classes and individual instruction. Offerings include: instrumental and vocal instruction, music theory and history, composition, orchestral and ensemble studies, early music, church music, rhythmics (movement theater).

Universität Ulm
Ulm is a city about 110,000, located between Stuttgart and Munich. Ulm lies on the river Danube and is a major industrial location focusing primarily on vehicle engineering and the electric industry. The University of Ulm was founded in 1967 and emphasizes natural sciences, computer science and engineering. Coursework in mathematics and economics is also available.

Baden-Württemberg Fellowship Program

The State of Baden-Württemberg provides a limited number of fellowships to students for study in Germany. The minimum monthly installment is 400 Euros per month. The fellowship can be awarded for up to 11 months. Students from all academic fields are welcome to apply. All applicants must have completed at least four semesters of German prior to departure.

Priority is given to students from universities that have formal ties to German universities in the State of Baden-Württemberg. Therefore, your application must be sent to Germany by the Office of International Programs (OIP). Submit your letter of application to your IP Campus Coordinator by December 15. A complete application consists of the following:

  • A formal letter of application in which the student outlines his/her academic goals.
  • Strong foreign language faculty recommendation.
  • Official university transcripts.
  • Awards are announced by early July.