Study Abroad for Students of German
Recommended Study Abroad Programs
German students at the U of A have the opportunity to study, work, or research abroad for a summer, semester, or year. The programs that we partner with are listed below, but we also often work with students who are interested in a particular city or field to make sure their credit transfers. So, for example, one student studied piano in Freiburg, Germany and another art history in Vienna, Austria.
Direct Exchange Programs
Direct exchanges allow students to trade places with students at institutions abroad, thereby significantly reducing study abroad costs. Students take real university courses with native speakers and live in dormitories. The U of A offers three direct exchanges in German-speaking countries.
Graz is the direct exchange of the University of Arkansas, which means that students essentially pay no more to attend classes in Austria than on our home campus, since they are trading places with Austrian students. Graz is a beautiful mountain town with hiking and skiing that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Students live in dormitories and receive special help from Austrian student partners who have either studied at the U of A or intend to. Any course taken in German above the B2 level is eligible for German major or minor credit; thus, one student was able to earn 20 hours of advanced German credit during a year’s study in Graz. Students take an intensive preparation class in German language before attending regular university classes alongside native speakers.
Visit the Hogs Abroad Graz Program page for application information.
Regensburg was initially built by the Romans, and parts of the Roman settlement are still standing today, as are medieval sections of the city, since it was largely untouched by the bombing during World War II.
The program offers an intensive preparation class to help students prepare for the Zulassungsprüfung, or entrance exam; after passing this exam, students can take classes alongside native speakers. Housing is in dorms, although students can request host families to visit with if they would like to get to know the people and culture better.
Visit the Hogs Abroad Regensburg Program page for application information.
In addition to housing the engineering university that Albert Einstein recommended to his nephew, Darmstadt is also home to the European Space Agency and over 30 other scientific institutions.
This exchange is part of the five-year International Engineering program that allows students to earn undergraduate degrees in both German and engineering. Students spend the fourth year in Germany. In the fall, they take engineering courses at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, which is one of the leading German technical universities in the T9 consortium. Then in the spring, students work in internships at German companies through Cultural Vistas.
Visit the Hogs Abroad Darmstadt Program page for application information.