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USD Direct in Oldenburg, Germany
Oldenburg, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Housing Options: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Summer City: Oldenburg
Country: Germany USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Language Prerequiste: Advanced, Intermediate Course Area: Agriculture, Arabic Language & Culture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, Fine Art & Studio, Geography, Geology, German Language & Culture, History, Information Technology, International Relations, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Sport & Exercise Science
Language of Instruction: German Recommended Program: Yes
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Oldenburg, Germany

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.
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Oldenburg, Germany

Oldenburg is located in the northwest region of Germany in Lower Saxony and has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. Oldenburg’s historic city center offers many restaurants and trendy venues, as well as opera, theatre, dance, cabarets and museums making it a top destination for students interested in culture. The university takes its name from Carl von Ossietzky who was a WWII pacifist and one of the most distinguished journalists of the Weimar Republic.

Access to the rest of Germany, including Hamburg, Hanover, 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.

Carl von Ossietzsky University

The University of Oldenburg specializes in interdisciplinary studies and offers courses in education, computer science, language and cultural studies, social sciences, economics, and mathematics, among many others. Oldenburg also offers several courses each semester specifically for exchange students, including: German language, Literature of the German Democratic Republic, and History of the Weimar Republic. While there are some courses taught in English, they are limited in number; students should not expect to be able to take any courses in English. USD students may elect to take German language courses prior to the beginning of the semester to jumpstart their language skills. Students who are studying for the spring semester or full academic year have the option to arrive early and take an intermediate level intensive German course for an additional 6 credits.

Oldenburg also offers a 4 week intensive language program during the summer. Students will earn 6 credits of German language. This program is intended for students in lower levels of German language.

Information on the 4 Week Intensive Summer Course


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.

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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.

Students should be prepared to purchase a bicycle when they arrive as a vast majority of residents there will ride bicycles 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.

Information for international students
Information Packet (PDF) for incoming exchange students
Course Catalog (German)



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.

Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
- Oldenburg, Germany Intensive Summer Budget Estimator
- Oldenburg, Germany Semester Budget Estimator
- Oldenburg, Germany Academic Year Budget Estimator


Application Process

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.


Academic Year

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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This program is currently not accepting applications.