Location: Stuttgart, Germany, Europe

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

Special Notes: There are Baden-Wüttemberg scholarships available for study at Stuttgart University up to 500 Euros per month (apply through UMSL Study Abroad Office). Additionally, scholarships through the St. Louis-Stuttgart sister city scholarships available.

Language of Instruction: German

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring, Summer

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: early September - late July
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), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

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


Subjects Available:

  • Computer Science (graduate level only)
  • English - Literature  (graduate level only)
  • English - Writing Studies  (graduate level only)
  • Physics  (graduate level only)
  • Art History
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Secondary Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • International Relations
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Literature (also available at graduate level)
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology

The University: The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829 and currently has about 19,000 students. More than 2,500 of these students are international students. The university offers 44 different majors in 14 different departments. The University of Stuttgart holds a leading position in both basic and applied research and is proud of its tradition of close co-operation with industry as well as with other research institutions such as the Fraunhofer-Society for Production Engineering, the Baden-Wüttemberg Materials Testing Centre and the German Aerospace Research Institute.

Academics: Academic year students will arrive in September and Spring semester students will arrive in March for a six-week intensive language program (180 euro fee). The goal is to rapidly bring students to the advanced level so they may follow regular courses taught in German. Regular classes start in October or April.

During the semester, students may take a variety of class types:

  • Regular courses taught in German
  • German as a Foreign Language classes
  • Courses taught in English offered in a variety of departments.  Occasionally 1 or 2 courses in English will be offered by various disciplines. However, it is unfortunately not possible to predict if there will be any and which courses those are in any given semester.

Housing: Most of the dormitories, which are all mixed, are located on the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and on the campus of the Pädagogische Hochschule (teachers training college) in Ludwigsburg. All dormitories can be easily reached within 20 min. from the city centre campus by S-Bahn (commuter train). The single bedrooms are equipped with table, bed, chair, wardrobe/closet, bookshelf and a washbasin. There is a common kitchen for all the members of an apartment or of a floor. You must bring your own dishes with you or buy them in Germany. There are also bathrooms and showers on each floor. 

Activities and Programs: Exchange students may participate in student clubs and organizations that offer field trips, movie nights, semester opening parties, regular pub meetings, German café, etc. Additionally, the offer a Buddy Program called "Welcoming Service" at no charge to exchange students.

Location: Stuttgart is situated along the Neckar River in a valley surrounded by the Schwäbische Alb. The city traces its origins to a village established about 950 AD. It was charted as a city in the 13th century and in 1320 became the residence of the rulers of Wüttemberg. Sister City to St. Louis, Stuttgart has grown to become home to more than half a million people and is a major transportation, manufacturing and publishing center, with companies such as Bosch and Daimler-Benz headquartered here. Stuttgart is also famed for its many museums and great artistic talent, such as the world renown Stuttgart Ballet, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Melos Quartet.

International Office Website: http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ia/internat/visiting/exchange/

Courses Offerings (both German and English: http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/studieren/angebot/index.en.html

German as Foreign Language Courses: http://www.ia.uni-stuttgart.de/iu/testdaf/index.en.html

Six Week Intensive German Program: http://www.ia.uni-stuttgart.de/iu/deutschkurse/intensiv.en.html

Welcoming/Buddy Program: http://www.ia.uni-stuttgart.de/internat/studierende/services/welcoming/index.en.html 

German Academic Exchange Service Website (information on life in Germany): https://www.daad.de/en/index.html

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 $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $2100.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1425.00
Airfare $1150.00
Local Transportation - included in other $240.00
Other $600.00
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. 
* Cost 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 and student association fee.


Photos and some text courtesy of University of Stuttgart