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|Carl von Ossietzsky University in Oldenburg, Germany offers students a perfect blend of academics and culture. Oldenburg University is known for its wide range of research and educational activities focused on cutting-edge research and training. Oldenburg’s historic city center offers many restaurants and trendy venues, as well as opera, theatre, dance, cabarets and museums.
Oldenburg is an independent city in the state of Lower Saxony in Germany. It is situated on the rivers Hunte and Haaren in the northwestern region of the country, sandwiched between the cities of Bremen in the east and Groningen (Netherlands) in the west. In 2014 it had a population of about 160,000.
Access to the rest of Germany, including Leipzig, Munich, and Berlin, as well as Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, is easily accomplished from the local train station. Germany has much to offer students, including the mix of the historic and the modern in Berlin, the cathedral in Cologne, and the historic towns in Bavaria.
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (German: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) is a university located in Oldenburg, Germany. It is one of the most important educational facilities in northwestern Germany and specialises in interdisciplinary and sustainable development studies.
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.
While at the University of Oldenburg, students will have access to the full range of student organizations, clubs, wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will be issued a local student ID, which will allow them access to free travel within the region for six months, local movie theater and clubs.
Information for international students
Students should be prepared to purchase a bike when they arrive as a vast majority of residents there will ride bikes as the main transportation option. Buses are available and students will have pre-paid access to all public transport, including regional trains (to Bremen, for instance), as part of their ‘Semester ticket’ which you are required to purchase upon enrolling at the University of Oldenburg.
Guide to Exchange Students
Course Catalog (German)
Courses in English
Students will live in furnished dormitories, which include shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, in shared apartments with German and other international students, or in rented rooms in private homes. Students will have access to inexpensive student cafeterias; the university does not offer meal plans.
The University of Oldenburg 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.
Looking for additional financial support? Apply for "Come to Oldenburg" grant here: GRANT application
In order to qualify for this program, students must have two years of college-level German (for semester and academic year programs). Students must complete the Global Learning application before being nominated to Oldenburg University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Germany, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered on a semester, academic year, and summer basis. Students wishing to go only for the fall semester should consult with Global Learning as soon as possible.
Summer Intensive Late July to late August
Spring Semester Early April to late July
Academic Year Early October to late July
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