Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Baden-Württemberg is a state in southwestern Germany whose large size fosters cultural and natural diversity. In existence for over 45 years, this exchange program between the state of Oregon and the state of Baden-Württemberg has given several generations of Oregon students the opportunity to live and study in one of Germany’s most prosperous and scenic regions. The program is run by IE3 Global, based at Oregon State University (IE3 Global is formerly the Oregon University System). They provide a Resident Director to support the students throughout their program.


Students take a four-week intensive German class on arrival and then can choose to take German language courses throughout their stay. This program is recommended for students who have taken two years or more of university level German - students must take a German language course the semester prior to studying abroad. Many course and major options are available. If language ability permits courses are available at any of the following universities located in Baden Württemberg: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Ulm. For more information on courses visit each university’s website and make an appointment at the Office of International Education. Internship opportunities may be available, meet with an advisor for more information.


Students will live in single-room university housing equipped with kitchen facilities. Meals are also available in student cafeterias. Flat mates may be German or other international students.


Students can participate in the Baden-Württemberg program during the fall or spring semester or for a full year. The fall semester is available at the University of Mannheim, beginning in early August and ending in mid-December. Spring semester is available at all BW universities and begins in mid-April, with an optional intensive language program beginning in March and ends in late July. Students are required to attend an all-day pre-departure orientation session conducted by IE3 Global; the session is at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program.


DAAD: Students participating in the Baden-Württemberg program should consider applying for the DAAD grant for their semester or year abroad.

Baden-Württemberg stipends: Every student on the exchange program is eligible for a generous monthly stipend provided by the education ministry of Baden-Württemberg. Amounts of these stipends are determined on an annual basis.

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