University of Magdeburg

Program Details

Program Location Magdeburg, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20183
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 04/01/25 to 08/15/25
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 04/08/24 to 08/15/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


University of Magdeburg

Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg was established in 1993 by the unification of three universities located in the city.  Currently the university offers degrees in nine faculties and student enrollment is approximately 13,000.

Purdue students who have a working knowledge of German (completed at least 4 semesters of college-level German) will have a much easier time adjusting to university life in Magdeburg than students who have less or even no experience with the language.  However, those with no German are not prohibited from participating in the program.  It's advisable to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor before applying to this program.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


University of Magdeburg

Magdeburg Art Museum in former abbey

This exchange has been established primarily for Purdue students of Chemical Engineering.  Interested students should discuss their plans with the head advisor in the School of Chemical Engineering.  If other engineering majors are interested, they should send an email inquiry to

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture. 

GPA Requirement: 3.00 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: SLC (CLA)

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

Language of Instruction: English & German

Semester Course Load: 24 ECTS (12 Purdue credit hours)

Intensive language courses are available for the months of September for academic year students and March for spring semester students.


Students admitted to the University of Magdeburg are eligible to apply for housing in residences owned and operated by the Association for Student Affairs (Studentenwerk Magdeburg).  Applications for accommodation should be submitted as soon as possible because the residences fill up quickly.

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.

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

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $450.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Housing $2,500.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $150.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,000.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,000.00
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 (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

University of Magdeburg

Hundertwasser House Magdeburg

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