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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 03/15/2020 10/01/2020 07/31/2021
NOTE: Start and end dates are estimates only. Exact dates will be provided by the host university after acceptance. Viadrina sets the semester dates. The academic year usually goes from October through July with the first semester ending in March and second semester starting in April.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English, German, Polish
Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Soph, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Grad Program Length: Academic Year, Semester
Language Requirement: YES Credits: 12 or more
Minimum Language Requirement: 2 semesters of host language or equivalent, 4 semesters of host language or equivalent, Any Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Coordinator: Yomarie Castellano
Areas of Study: German
Program Description:
Location: Frankfurt (Oder)
Official Language: German
Population: 80,000
Campus Size: 7,000 students
Interesting Fact:The city is on the Oder River, which marks the border between Germany and Poland.  

More about Europa-Universität Viadrina here.

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your study abroad courses.
  2. Complete the study abroad application process.*
  3. Receive application status notification by March 15 (Academic Year) or October 15 (Spring).
  4. Pay UWM institution tuition (based on residency).
  5. Pay housing and meals at the host institution.
  6. Have the experience of a lifetime in Germany!
*Students need to first start the UWM study abroad application process. Once accepted, they will be prompted to complete a host university application.  
Application items may include the following:
  • $100 application fee
  • Meeting with your academic advisor 
  • Academic recommendation
  • Unofficial UWM transcript
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Read and e-sign required documents
  • Student statement
  • Language evaluation*
*Language evaluations are conducted by the UWM German Department. 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore standing at the start of the program
  • Good academic standing 
  • No academic disciplinary record on campus
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of college level German or the equivalent
Students who are interested in studying abroad, but do not meet eligibility
requirements, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a study abroad
coordinator. We will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Viadrina is organized into three schools - the Faculty of Law, the
Faculty of Economics and Management Studies, and the Faculty
of Cultural Studies. 

Study areas include Law, Business, Communications, Cultural Studies,
Polish, Russian and Czech.

Courses are taught in German, Polish and English.

A list of English courses can be found here

Students can choose to live in Viadrina dorms or can find their own lodging. Information about housing options can be found on their website.

Many degree-seeking students at Viadrina live in Berlin and commute to the university for classes. The train ride is 45 - 60 minutes.

Students are responsible for their own meals.
Exchange students with a US passport going to Germany do not need to apply for
a visa before departure but upon arrival in Germany. Once in Germany,
students need to apply for a Residence Permit. Additional entry information can be found here

UWM does not arrange student visas. Students are required to
independently arrange for their student visa and need to be aware that this is a 
TIME SENSITIVE requirement that will include an additional out-of-pocket cost. Get more information about traveling to Germany, including information about visa/residence permit, @ Travel.State.Gov-Germany or @ Viadrina University
Before Arrival webpage
Check out the university's term dates here.
Spring: March/April-Late July
Credits: 12-15

Early October - Late July
Credits: 24-30
Financial Information
Please see the top of the program page for cost information. Click on the term you are interested in and you will be directed to a budget sheet that contains program fees and other important financial information.

Students will pay UWM tuition based on residency, CIE administrative fees and mandatory health insurance directly to UWM and room and board in the host country. These UWM fees are posted to students' PAWS accounts. 

Financial resources:
Study abroad financial planning 

Germany Program Comparison:
Program CIEE Berlin (avg.) Viadrina Hessen (avg.) Giessen Bamberg
Type Study Abroad Exchange Exchange Exchange Exchange
Terms AY, Fall, Spring, Summer AY, Fall, Spring AY, Fall, Spring, Summer, UWinteriM AY, Fall, Spring AY, Spring
Location Berlin Frankfurt Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Fulda, Giessen, Kassel, Marburg Giessen Bamberg
Housing Shared Apartment, Res. Hall Res. Hall Shared Apartment, Res. Hall Shared Apartment, Res. Hall Res. Hall
Minimum GPA 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Languages English, German English, German, Polish English, German English, German English, German
Language Requirement (Semesters) 0 2 0 2 0
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