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  • Locations: Heidelberg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 10/07/2020 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: University of Heidelberg (FICE: 700806) Type of Instruction: Lecture, Tutorial
Classes With: Local Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Classical Culture, Classical Languages, Classical Languages (formerly Latin), Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Education, German, History, International Affairs, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Psychology, Religion, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Heidelberg University

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university. It is a comprehensive research-oriented institution with a strong focus on interdisciplinary studies. Heidelberg University offers over 160 study programs in the humanities, the social sciences, law, natural sciences, and the life sciences, including medicine. More than 30,000 Students study at Heidelberg University. Among them, ca. 5,000 International Students. (ca. 50% European, 30% Asian, 12% North/South American, 5% Africa) Rankings: 49th Worldwide, 1st in Germany (QS and Shanghai Rankings 2014)

For additional information, please see:

Info Sheet Heidelberg 2019-20.pdf
FA 2018 Heidelberg Frequently Asked Questions Winter Semester 
SP 2018 Frequently Asked Questions summer semester

Program Location

heidelberg 2Heidelberg’s cosmopolitan and student-friendly atmosphere is one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics. Heidelberg is a lively centre of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and is marked by its high density of research-intensive industry and conglomeration of scientific research institutions. These institutions, working alongside the university, form an internationally competitive research network, providing a wide assortment of contact and cooperation possibilities for Heidelberg University researchers and students.
Situated in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, the university offers a varied programme of events alongside work and studies. Both the city and the university offer sports and leisure activities, as well as numerous theatres, renowned film and music festivals and a large number of museums, creating a sophisticated and diverse cultural atmosphere. Popular local tourist destinations include the world-famous Heidelberg Castle, the historic streets and alleys in the old city and the Philosopher’s Path, one of the most beautiful mountain hiking trails in Europe, as well as many fine restaurants.


Scholarship Opportunities


Contact Information

Dr. Inge DiBella
Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages
215 Joe Brown Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Telephone: 706-542-0814

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Please click here for additional information.

Academic Program

Course Catalogs/Search for Lectures
List of Departments
German Language Courses Including the Intensive German Course offered each September and March, prior to the semester start. 

Searching for Courses in English
  • Click on: Lectures => Search Lectures
    • Enter the language of instruction that you would like to search for in the drop-down menu
  • To begin your search press “Start Search” at the bottom of the screen.
Many Masters programs in the field of science are also taught in English: Some of these courses may also be available for advanced Bachelor students.

Information on the course offerings for the coming semester will be available online a few months before the lecture periods starts. However, course catalogs from previous semesters give a general overview of the courses offered at Heidelberg University.

Note:  Courses not available to exchange students include the following: School of Medicine and Dentistry, Law and some courses in Biosciences
* Exceptions can be made only with permission from the coordinator in Heidelberg 
** Please note that Heidelberg University does not offer programs in Business or Engineering.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • UGA student in good academic standing
  • Minimum GRMN 3010 (German is primary language of instruction)
  • Students without GRMN 3010 may be considered if planning to enroll in full-time German Language classes for international students (at appropriate level) and classes in English.  Students without GRMN proficiency who are pursuing courses in English must combine with German Language courses. 

Program Itinerary

Fall (Winter semester/WS): October to March
Spring (Summer semester/SS): April to July
Preparatory Language Course: Held prior to semester start in September and March 
Academic Calendar

Housing Information

Exchange students will request a housing reservation via the Host University application with the Heidelberg International Relations Office.
Additional Housing Information

Program Reviews:
Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Heidelberg is well situated for travel to southern France, northern Italy, and Austria. There's also a lot of things to see in Heidelberg itself. It's a very pretty town.

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
I felt safer in Heidelberg than I did in Athens, because young adults in Europe actually know how to deal with alcohol and there isn't a big football or party culture.

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
University of Heidelberg offers no meal plans, but I had a kitchen with a stove, oven, and microwave. Eating in the dining is greatly discounted for students ($0.80 per 100 grams) and the food is good.

For one, my German improved significantly while I was in Heidelberg. But I think the most important thing I gained was independence and confidence from living away from home. It sounds cliched, but being so far away from my support system in the United States forced me to problem solve on my own and gain skills and develop confidence I otherwise wouldn't have for a long time.
     — Sophie Binney, Academic Year 2016
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