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About the Baden-Württemberg Exchange

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange offers students an opportunity to earn college credits in one of Germany’s top nine universities. Students spend one full year at any of the universities they choose.

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange originated from a legislative partnership formed between the State of Connecticut and the German state of Baden-Württemberg in 1989.  The agreement invites all students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in Connecticut to study at any institution of higher learning in Baden-Württemberg.  With nine universities from which to choose and a large number of Fachhochschulen and Kunsthochschulen, students of all disciplines can be accommodated.

The Baden-Württemberg Exchange is a reciprocal exchange program for participating institutions.  This means that the institutions sending students must be willing to receive students themselves.  Students participating in the program prepay their home institution tuition and fees and then trade places with another student from the Exchange.

Student Eligibility

  1. The BW-Exchange is for undergraduate and graduate students.  Undergraduates are eligible to participate any time after completing the freshman year.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and have demonstrated that they are mature, self-directed learners who will receive the most satisfaction from experiencing German university life as an insider.
  3. Students planning to take regular German university course 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.
  4. Students who have achieved less than intermediate level proficiency in German can strengthen their language skills in the first semester by taking intensive language course (20 hours per week) in the Deutsch Als Fremdsprache program (DAF) at their German university.  You can obtain example of the various DAF programs from the BW-Exchange Director.
  5. Students who chose the above option can supplement their intensive German language studies with one or two university courses taught in English.  With the exception of English/American literature and area studies courses, courses are often taught by visiting professors from English- speaking countries and vary from one semester to the next.

For more information, please contact Renate Seitz at 860/947-1303 or germany@ctdhe.org.

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