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University of Paderborn
Paderborn, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014 
Rolling Admission 01/05/2015 07/24/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approx.and include pre-sessional mandatory German Language and Culture Course.
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
English, German
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm (single), Host Family, Dorm (double)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Business, Economics, Engineering, History, Marketing, Various
Program Description:
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Program Overview

The University of Paderborn is a modern, comprehensive university of 14,000 students. It offers an excellent intensive German language program for international students, as well as courses in English (Business and Computer Science). Paderborn is a charming, medium-sized university town, whose name means "the source of the Pader River."  The campus is a short bus ride away from the cobble-stoned roads and walkways of downtown and the source of the Pader River. The city boasts many historically important buildings where visitors can observe a variety of architectural styles typical of the region. It is also home to the 13th-century Paderborn Cathedral, which attracts tourists from all over the world. WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Spring 2014 Program Dates: 01/06/2014 - 07/24/2013

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Paderborn is located in northern central Germany in the region of eastern North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of approximately 142,000.  Nearby lakes, forests, moors and low mountain ranges offer myriad opportunities for sport, relaxation, and recreation.  Many health resorts, spas, historic monasteries, and castles, as well as interesting towns and villages with rich historical backgrounds are located nearby.  From Paderborn, students can easily travel by train to many other European destinations.  At the Nixdorf Museum, one can follow the history of computing.  The modern university is an easy walk from the city's beautiful historic city center.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic standing; completion of GER 101 or equivalent with grade of "B" or better.

Academic Program
Paderborn's academic year includes a winter semester from late October to mid February and a spring semester from mid-April to the end of July.  All students are expected begin their studies with a three-month intensive German program prior to the start of the normal academic semester (e.g. July-Sept. intensive language, followed by the standard winter semester). Participants who wish to attend for only one semester will take the intensive language course from January to March and attend classes during spring semester from April to July. Advanced German language competency is required for students who wish to attend classes taught in German. However, students who have completed at least two semesters of German may take intensive German language courses along with certain courses in Business and Computer Science in English.  A more limited offering of courses taught in English is available in Engineering.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

The program fee includes tuition & fees, enrollment and orientation fees at Paderborn, and WMU health insurance. Each student is responsible for the following costs: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, residence permit, German student union fees, and personal expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel and personal spending money.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
Students applying for this program may also be eligible for DAAD Scholarships.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Students who are placed at Paderborn have the choice of living in the studentenwohnheim (university residence hall) in single rooms with bath and a shared kitchen; on-campus or off-campus community housing (shared apartment with 2-3 other students); private apartments; or a home stay.  Accomodations are facilitated by the Auslandsamt (Study Abroad Office) and the Studentenwerk (student services), based on the preferences specified on the student's application form.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
University of Paderborn
University of Paderborn Courses in English
DAAD Alumni
DAAD - Studying in Germany
DAAD scholarships

Country Information (external links)
Germany - Lonely Planet
Paderborn (North Rhine-Westphalia)
City of Paderborn
U.S. State Department Information
Country Specific Information - Germany
Culturegram - Germany

WMU Faculty Experts Contacts
Dr. Jim Eckert, 3248 HCOB, 387-5799
Dr. Olivia Gabor, 414 Sprau, 387-3036
Dr. Peter Blickle, 414 Sprau, 387-3006
Dr. Gunther Hega, 3406 Friedmann, 387-5885,

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