Academic Year in Freiburg

Program Details

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor University of Wisconsin (CIC-SPA)
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30042
Duration 2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Academic Year in Freiburg

Freiburg is home to approximately 220,000 people and is a hiking and skiing destination in the heart of the Alps. Located in southwestern Germany, Freiburg is only 14 miles from the French border and 40 miles from the Swiss border, making weekend excursions easy to plan. The Black Forest and Upper Rhine Valley surround Freiburg im Breisgauis. For years, Purdue University students have earned credit toward their degree at this research university to study the arts and sciences.

This program is offered to a consortium of students from Purdue University, Michigan State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Madison. As part of a consortium students will have the opportunity to:

  • Build German language skills at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg alongside other students from around the globe.
  • Earn direct credit from the College of Liberal Arts while gaining international experiences. 
  • Participate in student groups, recreational sports, and weekend excursions to enhance language skills and experiences abroad.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität was founded in 1457 and is located in the heart of downtown Freiburg. The university currently has an enrollment of about 24,000 students.

The AYF Program Center is just a block from the university library where students will regularly meet with the director and assistant director of the program to improve their fluency in the German language and adjust to the German culture and education system.

The AYF program is administered by the International Academic Programs (IAP) office of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  After a Purdue student is approved for this program and nominated to UW-Madison, she will work closely with IAP advisor for this program.  More information about this is provided to students after they've been accepted to study abroad by Purdue.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:University of Wisconsin (CIC-SPA).


Academic Year in Freiburg
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: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem German

Purdue Credit

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

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: German
  • Semester Course Load: 15 Purdue credit hours

Students begin with a one-month orientation consisting of an intensive German language course and sessions designed to acclimate students to life in Germany. After the orientation period students can take a combination of courses specifically designed for the program and regular courses at the university. Course offerings include German language, literature, and linguistics, as well as courses dealing with German and European history and society taught by local faculty.

Additionally, AYF students have the opportunity to participate in an internship program during the spring semester. Internships are arranged for students with an interest in business, technology, and the arts. Students are placed in 12-week, part-time internships with a host company or organization to begin in early to mid-April and end in late June. Students are placed in internships corresponding to their educational backgrounds and career interests. The internship counts as a 3-credit graded course, overseen by the Resident Director. Additional information and application materials will be provided upon arrival in Freiburg. 

The program runs from early September to late July, and includes a two-month break from mid-February to mid-April between terms. 

Possible courses:


Attractions throughout the region are vast, ranging from theaters and music concerts to pubs and outdoor sporting events. You will be able to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor activities. The AYF Program Office and the university organize group events and field trips throughout the year. Past students have enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving together and have made friends through extracurricular activities such as music groups and athletic teams.

Catch up with what current students are up to here:


AYF secures housing for participants based upon students' housing forms. Students have the opportunity to speak German and develop new friendships living in a single room in the university dormitories along with German, American, and other international students. The dormitories - a short street car, bus, or bike ride from campus - include shared kitchen facilities on each floor, allowing students to prepare their own meals. Students may also choose to dine in any of the university cafeterias, which provide meals at reasonable prices. 

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 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $8,500.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $2,500.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $150.00
Books and Supplies $400.00
Meals $2,000.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,500.00
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
Academic Year in Freiburg Feb 1

Returnees Information

Academic Year in Freiburg

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