Eligibility & Academic Calendar

Student Eligibility

The BW-Germany Exchange is for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates are eligible to participate any time after completing their freshman year.

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) or above and have demonstrated that they are mature,  self-directed learners who will receive the most satisfaction from experiencing German university life.
  • Students planning to take regular German university courses will find that they can do so with less frustration if they have completed a minimum of four semesters or more of college-level German.
  • Students who have achieved less than intermediate level proficiency in German can strengthen their language skills the first semester by taking an intensive language course (20 hours per week) in the Deutsch als Fremdsprache program (DaF) at their German university.
  • Students who choose the above option can supplement their intensive German language studies with one or two university courses taught in English.

Academic Calendar

The German academic calendar is different from the American academic calendar, with the exception of Mannheim.

The academic year in Germany is divided into two semesters: the fall (Wintersemester), and the spring (Sommersemester). Between the two semesters is a lecture-free period.

The approximate academic calendar is as follows:

Language Course September
Wintersemester Mid-October   –   Mid-February
Sommersemester Mid-April        –   Mid-July