Information on partner universities and their course offerings is listed below. An extra fee applies for students participating in more than one course at the Art and Music schools.
The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg takes great pride in its tradition. Founded in the 15th century, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg is one of Germany’s highest-ranking universities.
The University is divided into 11 faculties, which together offer courses of study in 60 different fields.
As a fully-matriculated student at this university, you can enroll in courses in the following faculties:
- Applied Sciences (including Computer Science)
- Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Geological Sciences
- Economics and Behavioral Sciences (including Sports)
- Environment & Natural Resources
- Mathematics and Physics
- Philology (including Classical Studies, Foreign Languages & Literature, Linguistics)
- Philosophy (including Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology)
Visit the University's website for current and past course offerings. Course offerings vary from semester to semester and exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.
Sprachlehrinstitut of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (SLI)
You may take additional language courses at the SprachLehrInstitut. Some courses require a small additional cost.
Location & Commute Time
The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität has one of the most beautiful campuses in Germany, located in the quaint, medieval city of Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest. The University is divided into three main campuses:
- University Center, which houses the main library and the Humanities and Social Sciences building
- Institutes Quarter, where the sciences faculties are located
- Applied Sciences campus, which is also home to the Computer Science Department and the Department for Microsystems Engineering, and close to the University Medical Center.
The University Center of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität is located in the old city center. The Institutes Quarter is just a short walk to the north of the old city center. The Applied Sciences campus, which lies on a former airfield, is about 1.5 miles from the IES Abroad Center and easily accessible by bicycle or public transit. While most university buildings are an easy walk from the IES Abroad Freiburg Center, the commute times to the University from student housing vary from about 10 to 30 minutes.
University Clubs & Events
IES Abroad Freiburg students are encouraged to participate in events and trips planned by the International Club at the University. Excursions are very affordable. Past excursions have included trips to Lake Constance, Geneva, and Bern, and a hike up the Kaiserstuhl with a wine tasting.
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
Founded in 1962, the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg is a well-known institute that specializes in training teachers. The Hochschule is also a respected research institution, with a unique focus on international training. In addition to courses in Pedagogy, such as Childhood Development, Mathematics and Computer Science Education, and Media Education, the Hochschule offers courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Social Sciences, and Theology.
The Hochschule is organized into three faculties or departments. Visit the Hochschule's website for to view current and past course offerings (click on Vorlesungsverzeichnis).
- Faculty I: Institutes for Child Development; Adult Education; Media and Education; and Philosophy.
- Faculty II: Institutes for German Language and Literature; Foreign Languages; Arts; and Sport.
- Faculty III: Institutes for Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics; Protestant and Catholic Theology; Mathematics and Computer Science Education; Social Sciences; and Home Economics.
The Hochschule is particularly known for its offerings in Education. You receive approximately 2 to 4 credits upon successful completion of each course.
Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.
Location & Commute Time
The Hochschule is located in the southwestern area of the city, on the edge of the scenic Naturpark Südschwarzwald, the second largest nature preserve in Germany. Located about three miles from the IES Abroad Center, the Hochschule is easily accessible by bicycle and public transportation. Commute times to the Hochschule from student housing range from 10 to 30 minutes.
The Hochschule offers numerous events and guest lectures each semester. Students taking courses at the Hochschule have access to the school’s library and other facilities.
Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik
The Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik offers classes in the field of fine arts, integrated design and popular music.
Examples of courses offered in their respective fields are:
- Art Theory/Methodology
- Artistic Practice
- Art in Public Space
- Color and Light
- 2D and 3D Space
- Game Design
- Emotional Design
- Studio Technology
- Text/Image Composition
- Visual Concepts
- Ear Training
- Music Production
Some music classes may require an audition prior to arrival.
The school also offers opportunities to perform with ensembles in various fields of music. Examples are:
- Funky Jazz
- Funky Marching Band
- Buena Vista Latin Combo
- Afro-Cuban Songs for Latin Ensamble
- Klezmer Band
Location & Commute Time
The school is located less than two miles from the IES Abroad Center and is easily accessible by bicycle and by Freiburg’s public transportation system. Commute times range from 10 to 30 minutes from IES Abroad-located housing.
The Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik hosts, sponsors, and advertises numerous concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and lectures each year.