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Freiburg Consortium Program

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30011
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2021 04/19/21 to 07/24/21

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Freiburg Consortium Program
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Program: This program is offered to Purdue students as part of a consortium with Indiana University and the University of Minnesota.  It emphasizes immersion in German language and culture while offering specialized support to students from these universities.

Participants are fully integrated into the University of Freiburg community, living in dormitories and attending classes with local students.  They can also take language classes and special courses offered through the program's study center, which acts a home base for participants with its resource library, computer lab, and student lounge.

This study center also houses the offices for on-site staff, who assist participants with academic and logistical matters while encouraging them to practice their German in and beyond the classroom. 

Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, located in southwestern Germany near the French and Swiss borders, is a picturesque cathedral and university city on the edge of the Black Forest. Surrounded by the beauty of the Black Forest and Upper Rhine Valley, Freiburg's location allows easy access to excellent hiking and skiing in the Swiss, German, and French Alps.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Freiburg Consortium Program
Cityscape Freiburg

This program is open to Purdue students of any major who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program and have advanced German language ability. Applicants need to have completed six semesters of college-level German.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 6 Sem German

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

In September (year-long students) or March (spring-only students), participants complete a presession course in German language and culture, typically earning three credits.

During the presession, students work with program staff to develop a course of study for the semester ahead, taking into account their academic goals and command of German.  The resulting schedule may include some or all of the following:

  1. University of Freiburg courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, designed primarily for German-speaking local students

  2. German language, literature, and culture classes available through the university's Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI), designed for international students and future German language instructors

  3. A study center course in German history or politics, offered exclusively for consortium program participants

At German universities, the semester schedule of courses usually does not become available until right before the term begins, so patience and flexibility are key.  Program staff are available to help students navigate the German academic system and make the most of their studies.


Optional excursions to the region around Freiburg, including Strasbourg and Bodensee, are offered during the presession.  Students are encouraged to register early for these popular and inexpensive trips!  During the semester, program participants can get involved with local student organizations and enjoy traveling in their free time.


Rooms in two co-ed housing complexes are reserved for program participants.  Students live in single rooms with shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas. With plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby, each of these dorms is located in a residential neighborhood within a 10-minute bike/tram ride or 25-minute walk from campus.  Both facilities feature student-run bars and internet access in all rooms.

The Vauban complex houses mostly German students and tries not to place English speakers together, making it a good option for students interested in making local friends and really immersing themselves in the language.  Once a French military base, this historic neighborhood is now a traffic-calmed "sustainable model district" recognizable for its colorfully painted repurposed buildings.

Built alongside a lake, the high-rise "StuSie" dormitories are newer and feature several nearby sports and leisure facilities.  This complex typically houses more study abroad students, so residents are more likely to hear English spoken by their neighbors.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$5,960.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,100.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00$0.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Freiburg Consortium Program
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Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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