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USD Direct in Wolfsburg, Germany
** 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.
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Coyote Commitment, Farber Fund, Global Learning Scholarship, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences has a focus on teaching professional skills and the application of learning materials as opposed to research-based materials. Most USD students choose to participate in the International Business program offered by Ostfalia University. This program offers students the opportunity to take business, marketing, and economics courses taught in English. Students are now able to participate in the International Business program for either the spring semester or full academic year.
Universities in Germany approach academics in a very different way than in the United States. Students may not receive a syllabus and, if they do, it will not contain the same amount of detail provided in USD syllabi. Students are expected to pursue more independent study outside of the classroom while still continuing preparation for final exams. This course layout allows students the opportunity to pursue personal academic interests within the context of the course without having the additional reading and writing assignments typically found within the American higher educational system. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.
Most USD students choose to live in on-campus accommodation, which typically includes a private bedroom and shared kitchen facilities and common living areas. USD students may live with other international students or local German students. Students will have access to inexpensive student cafeterias on campus; the university does not offer meal plans.
Wolfsburg is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
Students will pay for housing upon arrival in Germany. For all guest students who are Non-EU citizens, the International Students Office will take out a German health insurance (approx. 90 Euro/month).
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USD students must complete the Global Learning application before being nominated to attend Ostfalia University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Germany, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered for a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available. The English-language program is now offered for both fall and spring semesters.