Program Costs & Expenses
The Baden-Wuerttemberg - Connecticut Exchange is a reciprocal exchange program. You will pay your home university tuition and fees (as well as Study Abroad Fee if applicable) and then trade places with a student from Baden-Wuerttemberg.
There is a one time $650 Baden-Wuerttemberg - Connecticut Exchange fee. Once you are accepted by the German host university, please go back into your UConn online application and pay the fee via PayPal.
When arriving in Germany, Connecticut students must pay a student registration fee which is approximately €75 per semester.
Health insurance is mandatory for all student participants. The German health insurance costs between €60 and €80 per month. Prior to the start of the semester, you can choose from a number of public health insurance providers which offer similar benefits at a comparable monthly rate.
If you are over the age of 30, please look into this option: www.auslandsversicherung.de. Public health insurances do NOT provide service for students over 30.
Note: Your German health insurance will only go into effect at the start of the semester: October 1st for fall semester, or April 1st if you are participating during your spring semester. Until then, you will be covered by the American insurance that your home institution provides.
Room and Board
Each student assumes financial responsibility for his or her rent and personal expenses while studying abroad. As a participant in the Baden-Wuerttemberg-Connecticut Exchange, you will live in a student dormitory. Your dorm room reservation will be made by the International Office of your host university. German dorms have only single occupancy rooms and are equipped with shared kitchen facilities which you will share with German and other international students. The cost of dorm rooms varies depending on size, age and location. The average cost of a dorm room ranges between
€275 and €350 per month.
There are no meal plans. Inexpensive meals are available at university cafeterias. Students tend to prepare their own meals in their dormitory kitchens as well as enjoy the local cuisine in a restaurant or café.
Most students report they can live quite well within a budget of €780 per month. This includes rent, health insurance, food, transportation, books and travel. Spending money varies from student to student and depends on personal spending habits.
Most students purchase a Student Semester Ticket to commute throughout their city. Some prefer to purchase a bicycle.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Unlike many study abroad programs, the Baden-Wuerttemberg - Connecticut Exchange is affordable due to available financial aid and scholarships provided by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.
Most forms of financial aid for which you are eligible at your home university can be applied to this exchange. This means that if you already qualify for student loans or grants, or receive a scholarship, you can likely keep these awards for the year you spend at your German university. Check with your university’s financial aid office for specific details.
In addition, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Stuttgart offers scholarships available for most Connecticut students. Please ask the coordinator of the Baden-Wuerttemberg - Connecticut Exchange at the University of Connecticut for details. The maximum scholarship is €400 per month for ten months. Scholarships range from €2,000 to €4,000 for participants who commit to a full year of study and half that amount for those going abroad for one semester.