Founded in 1457, the university's main campus is located in the heart of Freiburg. Around 20,000 students attend the university, more than 3,000 of which are foreign exchange students. The university offers courses in more than 60 subjects, which are organized under 15 academic departments.
The university plays a central role to the cultural, social and economic life of the city. It is an important center for much scientific research, especially in the areas of physics and biology. It is also renowned for the humanities, and can boast having leading faculty in the areas of philosophy, foreign languages and history, as well as having former Nobel Prize winner, Friedrich August von Hayek, as part of its faculty of economics.
With a population of 200,000, nearly a sixth of which are students, Freiburg is a charming big-little city with both a modern and medieval flare. Its famous Münster (a towering medieval cathedral) is the centerpiece of the city and is surrounded by colorful buildings of many architectural styles. Considered the capital of the Black Forest, Freiburg is nestled in the beautiful, hilly wine-country of Baden-Würtenburg. Boasting the most sunny and mildest climate in Germany, natives and visitors alike enjoy the many outdoor activities the city has to offer, from biking along the river to hiking on one of the many trails surrounding the city.
Freiburg is home to many cultural opportunities as well. One can attend one of the many theatrical and musical performances hosted by the City Theater, visit one of the several museums (from the modern art museum to the torture museum), or enjoy such city festivals as the annual Freiburg Wine Festival. There is also a plethora of places to eat with many international flares to satisfy ones appetite, from a Bratwurst stand in the market place to Indian Cuisine. Additionally, Freiburg is in a prime location for traveling. It's only a half and hour by train from both the French and Swiss borders, and one can easily travel to farther locations from the Hauptbahnhof (main train station). Freiburg offers several close-by opportunities for excursion as well, such as the popular lake, the Schluchsee.
Year: mid October - late July
Spring Semester: mid April - late July
Due to the fall semester calendar, fall semester only study is not possible. Students may study for the year or for the spring semester.
The Host International Office will assist students in securing accommodation in student residences.
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host Institution room and board
- International Airfare
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a residence permit to participate in this program. All students should consult the German Missions website for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.