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Location: Leipzig, Germany, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Language of Instruction: English and/or German. 

UMSL Term Abroad:  It is very difficult to apply for the program as Leipzig's academic calendar overlaps all UMSL terms. This program is only recommended to students who may take off a semester after their term abroad.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: October - February
Spring Semester: April - Late September

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

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Students wishing to enroll in courses taught in German must have the required high proficiency. Students must have approval from their academic advisor and the UMSL Study Abroad Office. 

Leipzig Albertina Library
Subjects Available:
  • American Studies (also available at graduate level)
  • British Studies
  • Chemistry (graduate level only)
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • English - Literature (graduate level only)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • TAUGHT IN GERMAN (All subject below are also available at graduate level)
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Education - Elementary Education
  • Education - General Educational Studies
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Secondary Education
  • English
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Languages - Ancient Greek
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Latin
  • Languages - Modern Greek
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Music - Education
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


The University: Being the second oldest university in Germany , the University of Leipzig draws on a 600-year legacy of excellence in higher education. The prospect of choosing from a tremendous variety of academic disciplines has attracted an ever increasing number of students reaching its present peak at 30.000. At the newly remodeled main campus in the heart of the city, students find modern facilities equipped with up to the date technology. They enjoy ideal conditions for successfully accomplishing their academic ventures.

Academics: Coming from an US-American university background, you will quickly find your way around. Studies at the University of Leipzig are structured in the familiar three-tier system offering Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degree programs. Your classes will thematically be grouped to form modules credited with 10 credits upon successful completion. You will have the opportunity to acquire scientific knowledge as well as key qualifications, such as methodological or soft skills. Academic schedules comprise courses from an interdisciplinary module catalogue from which you should aim to acquire 30 credits per semester corresponding to European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System/ ECTS.

The majority of courses at Leipzig University are taught in German though English is gaining increasing importance. Despite the fact that English is spoken widely, especially by the younger generations, you might want to enhance your German language skills. The University of Leipzig and other institutions offer a range of courses through which you can further perfect your German while studying.

Additionally, the university offers a language and orientation course three weeks prior to the start of the semester with German language instruction, interactive tasks, exploring university related issues, cultural events and field trips. 

Housing: Given the abundant housing available, it is not difficult to find lodging in Leipzig. You have several options such as renting rooms in student dormitory at reasonable prices or share an apartment with other students. The International Centre helps you find a shared apartment that suits your preferences. In addition, there are several agencies and online services that assist you in finding a home in Leipzig. Compared to other major university cities in Germany, living costs in Leipzig are relatively low.

Activities and Programs: Every autumn, just before the beginning of the new winter semester, the International Centre hosts a Welcome Week for the newly enrolled students of Leipzig University. ew students will have the chance to get to know Leipzig and to learn about student life. Student tutors are present to help with formalities and answer any initial questions concerning courses. In addition, there will be a variety of cultural events planned for the freshers. Discover Leipzig on our sightseeing tour, see the University Library, or tour the campus. You will also have the opportunity to get insights into the local Krystall Palast Varieté and to visit DHL, the Sternburg brewery, the local radio station centre, etc.

Leipzig Welcome
Location: Leipzig will make your exchange experience worthwhile. With a population of more than 500.000 it has just the perfect size. It is a city of short distances where you get around easily by bike, public transport or simply walking. You will feel quickly at home while enjoying all the assets of a vibrant center of culture and progress. Leipzig is young thanks to its huge student community and its bustling independent art scene. For a night out you can pick one of the innumerable discos, cinemas and trendy bars or go to the theatre, opera or concert hall. Leipzig's event schedule is filled with all types of music and art festivals. If you have a passion for the athletic side of life, you will find clubs and facilities for almost every type of sport.

In Leipzig, history meets innovation. All over the city, modern architecture blends into the rows of beautiful Wilhelminian houses. Extensive old parks provide Leipzig with a so called "green lung". Leipzig is the city of Leibniz, Bach and Goethe. But most importantly it was at the heart of the peaceful revolution that shook the order of world politics and eventually succeeded in reunifying Germany in 1990. A broad range of museums give testimony of Leipzig's rich history. Simultaneously, scientist in the city's twenty research centers aim at pushing back the borders of what is known today.

Leipzig enjoys a temperate climate with hot temperatures in summer and occasionally snow in winter. You can easily travel to Leipzig by plane, train or car. Given its central location, it is a ideal starting point for day trips to Berlin, Dresden, Weimar or Erfurt. Prague is only 260 kilometres away.

International Office Website: http://www.zv.uni-leipzig.de/en/study/international-study/incoming-exchange-students.html

American Studies: http://americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/ 

British Studies: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~angl/indexengl.htm 

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 $140.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $175.00
Accommodations $1400.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1650.00
Airfare $1455.00
Local Transportation $175.00
Other $700.00
Total $9484.60*

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 are based off a five 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 semester fee, orientation fee, German insurance.

Some photos and text courtesy of Leipzig University