Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.

Ideal for students interested in rapidly improving their German language skills, the IES Abroad Freiburg Program offers you IES Abroad and university courses taught in German by distinguished local faculty. You can also participate in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you're learning.

Freiburg will be your classroom. Imagine studying German vocabulary and then going out to a local market to practice the words you’ve just learned, or discussing German theater and then seeing a local production that evening. Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include hands-on, practical components.

You can also enroll in courses at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg or other local academic institutions where you will experience the German education system first-hand. and you can participate in our language partners program to practice your German. Maybe you’ll even make some German friends while you’re at it!

We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Freiburg
  • City: Freiburg
  • Country: Germany
  • Program Credits: 16-19 credits
  • Language of Instruction: German
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level German

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • August 29 - December 15 (IES Abroad Courses)
  • August 29 - February 9 (Partner University Courses or Internship)

Spring 2019

  • Late February - Late June (IES Abroad Courses)
  • Late February - Late July (Partner University Courses or Internship)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore German Language, History, Culture and other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You enroll in 16-19 credit hours per semester. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week, and all courses are taught in German. Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad German language course (required, 4 credits)
  • German-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (3 credits)
  • Internships (includes internship seminar followed by internship placement after the semester, 3 credits)
  • German-taught courses at partner universities (3 credits)


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

  • AH 322 - Between Conformity and Provocation: German Art from 1933 to the Present (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset (Fall)


  • PO/CM 331 - Media, Society, and Politics (Fall)
  • PO/CM 332 - Public Opinion, Propaganda, Political Process (Spring)

Comparative Literature

CP/LT 411 - Modern German Literature: 1900-1945 (Fall)

Cultural Studies

HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset (Fall)


  • EC/ES 335 - Environmental Policies and Green Business in Freiburg (Fall, Spring)
  • IE/EC 340 - Germany as a Location for Business and Industry in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)


ED 395 - Education Internship And Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Environmental Studies

EC/ES 335 - Environmental Policies and Green Business in Freiburg (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 340 - German Film from the Third Reich to the Present (Fall)
  • FS 341 - Film Language and Film Making (Spring)

German Language

  • GR 353 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 451 - German Language in Context: Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)


  • HS 340 - Past to Present: From the "Reichsgruendung" (1871) to the "Berliner Republik" (21st Century) (Fall, Spring)
  • HS/AH/CU 480 - The Medieval Mindset (Fall)

International Political Economics

IE/EC 340 - Germany as a Location for Business and Industry in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

PO/IR 323 - Germany And The European Integration Process (Fall)


  • CP/LT 411 - Modern German Literature: 1900-1945 (Fall)
  • LT 412 - German Literature After 1945: A Creative Approach to Selected German, Austrian and Swiss Masterpieces (Spring)


PH 490 - Core Texts In 19Th And 20Th Century German Philosophy (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO 340 - Germany in the 21st Century: A Country Between Past, Present, and Future (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 395 - Political Science Internship And Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/CM 331 - Media, Society, and Politics (Fall)
  • PO/CM 332 - Public Opinion, Propaganda, Political Process (Spring)
  • PO/IR 323 - Germany And The European Integration Process (Fall)

Partner Institution(s)

Information on partner universities and their course offerings is listed below. An extra fee applies to students participating in more than one course at the Art and Music schools.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg takes great pride in its tradition. Founded in the 15th century, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg is one of Germany’s highest-ranking universities. Courses The University is divided into 11 faculties, which together offer courses of study in 60 different fields. As a fully-matriculated student at this university, you can enroll in courses in the following faculties:

  • Applied Sciences (including Computer Science)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Geological Sciences
  • Economics and Behavioral Sciences (including Sports)
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Philology (including Classical Studies, Foreign Languages & Literature, Linguistics)
  • Philosophy (including Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Theology

Pädagogische Hochschule

Founded in 1962, the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg is a well-known institute that specializes in training teachers. The Hochschule is also a respected research institution, with a unique focus on international training. In addition to courses in Pedagogy, such as Childhood Development, Mathematics and Computer Science Education, and Media Education, the Hochschule offers courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Social Sciences, and Theology. Courses The Hochschule is organized into three faculties or departments. Visit the Hochschule's website for to view current and past course offerings (click on Vorlesungsverzeichnis).

  • Faculty I: Institutes for Child Development; Adult Education; Media and Education; and Philosophy.
  • Faculty II: Institutes for German Language and Literature; Foreign Languages; Arts; and Sport.
  • Faculty III: Institutes of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics; Protestant and Catholic Theology; Mathematics and Computer Science Education; Social Sciences; and Home Economics.

The Hochschule is particularly known for its offerings in Education. You receive approximately 2 to 4 credits upon successful completion of each course. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.

Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik

The Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik offers classes in the field of fine arts, integrated design, and popular music. Examples of courses offered in their respective fields are: Fine Arts

  • Art Theory/Methodology
  • Artistic Practice
  • Art in Public Space
  • Colour and Light

Integrated Design

  • 2D and 3D Space
  • Game Design
  • Emotional Design
  • Studio Technology
  • Text/Image Composition
  • Visual Concepts

Popular Music

  • Harmony
  • Ear Training
  • Composition
  • Music Production
  • Songwriting
  • Producing

Some music classes may require an audition before arrival. The school also offers opportunities to perform with ensembles in various fields of music. Examples are:

  • Funky Jazz
  • Funky Marching Band
  • American Bluegrass & Folk Ensamble
  • Buena Vista Latin Combo
  • Afro-Cuban Songs for Latin Ensamble
  • Mazeltov Shalom/ Klezmer Band

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Freiburg organizes course-related excursions in and around Freiburg that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your knowledge of German culture, and society Past activities have included:

  • Trips to museum exhibitions
  • Attendance at theater performances
  • Visits to important political, economic, and cultural organizations


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today's competitive market. It's an exhilarating challenge, and we're here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  • Add international work experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. During the semester, you participate in a seminar to prepare you for the internship. The internship placement takes place after the semester ends. You continue to live in your IES Abroad-provided housing during your internship.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Advocacy Groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Hospitals
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Education
  • Government & Politics


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Freiburg, it will feel like home.

Apartment-style university housing – You live in a single or double room in a co-ed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students and have Internet access.

Single apartments in university housing – A limited number of single apartments are available at an extra cost. Apartments include a single bath and pantry kitchen. Internet access is provided. Students usually prepare meals at home or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Student Life


The program begins with a three-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Freiburg staff, your fellow students, and the city of Freiburg. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Beginning during orientation, you prepare for the semester with two weeks of intensive German language instruction, followed by an optional five- to a seven-day field trip.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Freiburg through our cultural events and activities, such as:

  • A visit to one of Germany’s largest mosques (fall)
  • A tour of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg (spring)
  • Theater performances
  • Guest lectures
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • “Rent-an-American” visits to local schools

University Events and Cultural Activities

some events and activities are available to you at the Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg, such as sports teams, social clubs, and partially-subsidized trips to destinations in Germany, France, and Switzerland.

Language Partners

Our staff in Freiburg can assist you in finding a German language “tandem” partner with whom you can practice German. In return, you can help your partner practice English. Having a language partner in Freiburg also gives you unique insight into local student life.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins - some local university courses may not be available to sophomores
  • 4 semesters of college-level German Language or the equivalent is required
  • Enrolled in a German course within the year before the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter Germany. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required student visa/residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $14,560
  • Housing: $3,710
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $18,500

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $26,195
  • Housing: $7,420
  • Insurance: $550
  • Total: $34,165

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

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  • German
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