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Germany, Heidelberg: University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
2-Junior and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Level 222 or equivalent
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in German
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Janelle Papay
Program Description:

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About the Location

Sharing borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic, Germany is located in the heart of Europe.  The city of Heidelberg, in southwest Germany, lies on the Neckar River and has a population of about 140,000.

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For the first few weeks students will take an intensive German language course in preparation for a placement exam.  Students who pass the exam may take a variety of courses taught in German at the University of Heidelberg and other learning centers across the city.  Students at a more beginner level will continue intensive language training and will take courses taught in German with AJY and other learning centers across the city.

  • To see sample course listings offered through the American Junior Year Center, click here.
  • To see sample course listings at the International Study Center, click here.
  • To see sample course listings offered through the Seminar for German as a Foreign Language, click here.
  • To see sample course listings at the University of Heidelberg, click here.

Students should refer to the following credit equivalency chart:

Heidelberg Credit           2     3     4     6
Elon Equivalent Credit    2     4     4     6

Things to remember about courses taken while studying abroad:

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.


General Program Dates

Fall semester – September to December
Spring semester – February to July
Full year – September to July


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

The GEC offers need-based scholarships for semester programs.  For additional information on funding, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students live in dormitory housing or shared apartments with German students.  Rooms are usually singles.  During the breaks, students have a German family home-stay option.

Additional Eligibility Notes

Students must have their faculty reference completed by a German language faculty member at Elon.


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the American Junior Year program.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule. 

Additional Information and Links

To learn more about the American Junior Year program at Heidelberg University, visit their website.

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Global Study Ambassadors (GSAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current GSAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

German Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Berlin

U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission 08/31/2015 12/19/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/19/2015
02/19/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 02/29/2016 07/29/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.