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  • Freiburg, Germany
Why Freiburg?

Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to the Albert- Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg, and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.

What You'll Study

Ideal for students interested in rapidly improving their German language skills, the Language & Area Studies Program offers you IES Abroad and university courses taught

in German by distinguished local faculty. You can also participate in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

You can also enroll in courses at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg or other local academic institutions where you can experience the German education system  firsthand. Study International Education at Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg or perform with ensembles at the Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik. And you can participate in our language partner program to practice your German. Maybe you’ll even make some German friends while you’re at it!

Daily Life

Freiburg will be your classroom. Imagine studying German vocabulary and then going out to a local market to practice the words you’ve just learned, or discussing German theater and then seeing a local production that evening. Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historic, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include hands-on, practical components.

We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Why Freiburg?

Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to the Albert- Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg, and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.

What You'll Study

Ideal for students interested in rapidly improving their German language skills, the Language & Area Studies Program offers you IES Abroad and university courses taught

in German by distinguished local faculty. You can also participate in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

You can also enroll in courses at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg or other local academic institutions where you can experience the German education system  firsthand. Study International Education at Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg or perform with ensembles at the Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik. And you can participate in our language partner program to practice your German. Maybe you’ll even make some German friends while you’re at it!

Daily Life

Freiburg will be your classroom. Imagine studying German vocabulary and then going out to a local market to practice the words you’ve just learned, or discussing German theater and then seeing a local production that evening. Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historic, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include hands-on, practical components.

We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore German language, history, culture, and other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You enroll in 16-19 credits per semester. All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week. All courses are taught in German.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad German language course (required, 4 credits each)
  • German-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • German-taught courses at partner universities (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internships (includes internship seminar followed by internship placement after the semester; optional, 3 credits)

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 322 - Between Conformity and Provocation: German Art from 1933 to the Present Fall, Spring German 3
HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset Fall German 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/CM 331 - Media, Society, and Politics Fall German 3
PO/CM 332 - Public Opinion, Propaganda, Political Process Spring German 3
Comparative Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
CP/LT 411 - Modern German Literature: 1900-1945 Spring German 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset Fall German 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC/ES 335 - Environmental Policies and Green Business in Freiburg Fall, Spring German 3
IE/EC 340 - Germany as a Location for Business and Industry in the 21st Century Fall, Spring German 3
Education
Course Name Term Language Credits
ED 395 - Education Internship And Seminar Fall, Spring German 3
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC/ES 335 - Environmental Policies and Green Business in Freiburg Fall, Spring German 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 340 - German Film from the Third Reich to the Present Fall German 3
FS 341 - Film Language and Film Making Spring German 3
German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 353 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad III Fall, Spring German 4
GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III Fall, Spring German 4
GR 451 - German Language in Context: Competent Abroad Fall, Spring German 4
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 340 - Past to Present: From the "Reichsgruendung" (1871) to the "Berliner Republik" (21st Century) Fall, Spring German 3
HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset Fall German 3
International Political Econom
Course Name Term Language Credits
IE/EC 340 - Germany as a Location for Business and Industry in the 21st Century Fall, Spring German 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR 323 - Germany And The European Integration Process Fall German 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
CP/LT 411 - Modern German Literature: 1900-1945 Spring German 3
LT 412 - German Literature After 1945: A Creative Approach to Selected German, Austrian and Swiss Masterpieces Fall German 3
Philosophy
Course Name Term Language Credits
PH 490 - Core Texts In 19Th And 20Th Century German Philosophy Fall, Spring German 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 340 - Germany in the 21st Century: A Country Between Past, Present and Future Fall, Spring German 3
PO 395 - Political Science Internship and Seminar Fall, Spring German 3
PO/CM 331 - Media, Society, and Politics Fall German 3
PO/CM 332 - Public Opinion, Propaganda, Political Process Spring German 3
PO/IR 323 - Germany And The European Integration Process Fall German 3

Partner Institution(s)

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.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
www.uni-freiburg.de
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.

Courses
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)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Geological Sciences
  • Economics and Behavioral Sciences (including Sports)
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Philology (including Classical Studies, Foreign Languages & Literature, Linguistics)
  • Philosophy (including Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Theology

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
www.ph-freiburg.de
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.

Courses
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.

Hochschule Events
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
http://www.hkdm.de

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:

Fine Arts

  • Art Theory/Methodology                          
  • Artistic Practice  
  • Art in Public Space
  • Color and Light                                         

Integrated Design

  • 2D and 3D Space                                              
  • Game Design                                           
  • Emotional Design
  • Studio Technology
  • Text/Image Composition
  • Visual Concepts             

Popular Music

  • Harmony                                                             
  • Ear Training                                                         
  • Composition     
  • Music Production            
  • Songwriting                                  
  • Producing

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.

Events
The Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik hosts, sponsors, and advertises numerous concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and lectures each year.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Freiburg, our field trips take you outside the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Berlin
5 days | Fall & Spring
Tour this dynamic city and its architecture, and visit museums and memorial sites, such as the Holocaust Memorial and Wannseekonferenz.

Padua, Venice, and Milan
4 days | Fall & Spring
Visit the University of Padua in Freiburg’s sister city, where Galileo Galilei lectured and Nicolaus Copernicus studied. Tour the canals in Venice and see the sights, and visit Milan’s famous cathedral

Black Forest
1 day | Fall & Spring
A visit to this famous forest may include hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, wine tasting, or a visit to a monastery.

Swiss Alps
1 day | Fall & Spring
Hike through the beautiful mountains of Switzerland and visit the breathtaking city of Lucerne.

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Freiburg organizes course-related trips in and around Freiburg that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your knowledge of German culture and society

Past activities have included:

  • Trips to museum exhibitions
  • Attendance at theater performances
  • Visits to important political, economic, environmental, and cultural organizations
  • Bike trips through local neighborhoods

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Freiburg is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the day trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with a three-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Freiburg staff, your fellow students, and the city of Freiburg.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Beginning during orientation, you prepare for the semester with two weeks of intensive German language instruction, followed by an optional five-day field trip to Berlin.

Get to Know Your New City

Appreciate the Architecture

Freiburg’s architecture takes in German, Austrian, French, and Swiss influences, which all compete for attention in the city’s colorful buildings.

(Don't) Step in the Bächle

The narrow channels of water that run through the streets of old Freiburg are one of this city’s most characteristic and charming features.

Hike, Cycle, & Climb the Black Forest

Germany’s massive, mountainous, and densely-forested area is right in Freiburg’s back yard.

Pack a Picnic

Grab a Black Forest ham sandwich and a bottle of fresh apple juice from the Saturday market, find the perfect spot, and enjoy. Studying in the sunniest spot in Germany has its advantages!

Take in the Views from the Schauinsland

A rigorous hike or an easy cable car will take you to the top of this hill, offering glorious views of the city, the nearby Vosges Mountains, and the Black Forest.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Freiburg, it will feel like home.

Apartment-style university housing – You live in a single or double room in a coed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students, and have Internet access.

Single apartment in university housing – Single apartments are available at an extra cost. Apartments include a single bath and pantry kitchen. Internet access is provided.

Shared apartments – Some students may live in apartments shared with other IES Abroad students and a German student. These apartments are single gender and may have single or double bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Internet is provided.

Housing with local residents - A limited number of placements are available for living with local Freiburg residents. No meals are provided, but you have access to a kitchen. Internet access is provided.

Students usually prepare meals at home or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Freiburg through our cultural events and activities, such as:

  • A visit to one of Germany’s largest mosques (fall)
  • A tour of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg (spring)
  • Theater performances
  • Guest lectures
  • Volunteer opportunities

University Events and Cultural Activities

A number of events and activities are available to you at the Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg, such as sports teams, social clubs, and partially-subsidized trips to destinations in Germany, France, and Switzerland.

Language Partners

Our staff in Freiburg can assist you in finding a German language “tandem” partner with whom you can practice German. In return, you can help your partner practice English. Having a language partner in  Freiburg also gives you unique insight into local student life.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $14,150 $3,610 $230 $17,990


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$13,835
$24,890
$3,610
$7,220
$230
$550
$17,675
$32,660

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.