IES-Freiburg: Language and Area Studies

Program Details

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33010
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/25/24 to 06/15/24
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 08/27/23 to 12/16/23
2023-24 Academic Year 08/27/23 to 06/15/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Freiburg: Language and Area Studies

Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to the Albert- Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg, and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.

Ideal for students interested in rapidly improving their German language skills, the Language & Area Studies Program offers you IES Abroad and university courses taught in German by distinguished local faculty. You can also participate in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

You can also enroll in courses at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg or other local academic institutions where you can experience the German education system  firsthand. Study International Education at Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg or perform with ensembles at the Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik. And you can participate in our language partner program to practice your German. Maybe you’ll even make some German friends while you’re at it!

Internships are available; please see the IES website for more information.
For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Freiburg: Language and Area Studies

Applications are open to students of all majors. Any Purdue University student is eligible if s/he: has reached at least sophomore standing by the start of the program, has completed at least 4 semesters of college-level German, and has been enrolled in a German language course within one year of the program start date.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem German

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [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

You enroll in 16-19 credits per semester. All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week. All courses are taught in German.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad German language course (required, 4 credits each)
  • German-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • German-taught courses at partner universities (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internships (includes internship seminar followed by internship placement after the semester; optional, 3 credits)
For more information on available courses, see the IES website.


Even though your adventure starts in Freiburg, IES field trips take you outside the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations: Berlin, Padua & Venice, Black Forest, Swiss Alps.


IES offers shared University Apartments. You'll live in a single or double room in a coed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students, and have Internet access. Single studio apartments are available for an additional fee.

Students usually prepare meals at home or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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.

The figures shown are based on information provided by IES. Some program options may carry additional fees, please see IES website for more information.

The Program Fee includes tuition, on-site orientation and some activities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,938.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,212.00
Insurance $230.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,375.00
Local Transportation $470.00
Visa $75.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $2,800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Applicants for this program may be interested in scholarships offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). See the following website:

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IES-Freiburg: Language and Area Studies

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