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Location: Bonn, Germy, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or German. Students with a high proficiency in German may directly enroll courses from nearly all fields of study.

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall: Early September - Mid February
Spring: Early March - Late July

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. The program is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Participants must have a minimum of two semesters of German.

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Subjects Available:
The actual course offer in English changes each semester. There is always a course offer in English on German history, European integration, and various fields of European cultural studies.

  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (graduate level only) 
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • English
  • English - Literature (graduate level only)
  • Film Studies
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Languages - German
  • Literature
  • Modern European Studies
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - General Educational Studies (also available at graduate level)
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Languages - Ancient Greek
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Latin
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology
  • Women & Gender Studies


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The University: With a tradition going back almost 200 years, a student body numbering 30,000 and an excellent reputation at home and abroad, Bonn is one of the leading universities in Germany. The university is at home in a city and region where life has always been that little bit better. About 5,000 international students from over 130 countries as well as numerous visiting professors and scholars contribute to a truly international atmosphere in research and education. There is a four week orientation program available for students. During orientation there is an intensive German language study, visits around Bonn, and special seminars on German life and culture. 

Academics: The German university system gives the individual student a lot of freedom but also a great deal of responsibility for their own success. Students may take German language courses, courses taught in English, or regular university courses taught in German.

Housing: Students will be housed in one of several student dorms, which are located in different areas of town. All dorms are easily accessible either being within walking distance or by public transportation. All rooms are single rooms. Some are equipped with a kitchenette and a private bathroom while others have shared facilities. You will have to pay the first month's rent plus a deposit of two months' rent, within the first few days you are in Bonn. This first payment can be made only in cash. From the second month on, you should pay your rent through bank transfer. Therefore, you should open a bank account at a local bank as soon as possible after your arrival.

Activities and Programs: The University has a host family and buddy program. Bonn families extend invitations to foreign students to their homes. Signing up for the program will give you a first hand experience of German "family life". Your host family might invite you for dinner, introduce you to their favorite sights of Bonn or simply meet with you from time to time. They are just as eager to learn about you and your culture as you are to learn about Germany!

Aside from academic courses, the International Office offers an extensive cultural program, which includes field trips, museum visits, movie nights, concerts and other activities as well as a six-day excursion to Berlin. This cultural component of the program is meant to help you to understand and to learn as much as possible about Germany, its history, its civilization and its society. 


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Location: The city of Bonn is located on the Rhine River and draws its roots back to a Roman settlement founded between 9 and 13 B.C. This gives the city a rich cultural and political history. All students enrolled at the University of Bonn are entitled to use public transportation in the Bonn-Cologne area free of charge. In combination with a photo ID, your student ID serves as a ticket for the public transportation system in and around Bonn. Living close to the city center you will soon find that bicycles are a good option to get around. Bikes are also fun for weekend trips in the Bonn area.

International Office Website:

Courses in English: Click on the little British flag in the upper right hand corner to switch the user interface to English. Choose the tab "Course overview", then click "Search for lectures" on the left hand side. You can now enter your search criteria, including the language of instruction (click on the drop-down menu and choose "Englisch"). If you leave the other fields empty, you can see all courses taught in English in the upcoming semester.

Housing Website:

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $165.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $1875.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1100.00
Airfare $1310.00
Local Transportation - included in other $-
Other $2200.00
Total $10579.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes mandatory German Social Security insurance, orientation fee, public transportation pass, telephone and other utilities. 

Some text and photos copyright and courtesy of University of Bonn.