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Bonn University
Bonn, Germany
Program Terms: Spring
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016** Rolling Admission 03/06/2017 07/31/2017
Spring 2018 10/15/2017** 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.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
English, German
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

The WMU program at Bonn University offers qualified students the opportunity to live and study in Germany. Their studies are accompanied by intensive German language training in classes offered by the Akademische Auslandsamt (International Programs Office). 

Unique Features: Bonn University (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) was founded in 1818.
Almost 70 years of tradition and experience go into the University of Bonn’s immersion study abroad program. Students may expect to be supported by the full range of student services including academic guid-ance, intercultural experience, counseling, and registration assistance. The university’s language proficiency requirement for international students is lowered for program students. They can profit from the pro-gram’s flexible character by choosing from language and topical classes for international program students as well as from the full course catalogue of the University.

During the semester the International Office offers an extensive cultural program as well as various other programs to ensure cultural immersion. Students are advised by the WMU faculty program director and a member of the regular WMU German language and area studies faculty. The faculty director is present during students' first week in Bonn and is available for advising. WMU students at Bonn University have the same privileges and responsibilities as all students and access to university buildings and services. Any student who does not meet academic and behavioral standards may be dropped at any time. Junior Year /Study Abroad Program Information

Courses taught in English are also available (see, go to “course overview”, then click on “search for lectures” and choose “English” from the drop down menu “Language of instruction”). They vary from semester to semester and their number strongly depends on
the respective department.

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

Program Faculty Director:
Dr. Olivia Gabor-Peirce
410 Sprau Tower 387-3036

Spring 2017 Program Dates:
Arrival Day:   March 6, 2017
Orientation Course:  March 6 -  March 31, 2017
Berlin excursion  (only Junior Year Program): April 5 - April 10, 2017
Course Advisement:  April  11 - April  13, 2017
Classes Begin:  April 18, 2017
Pentecost Break:  June 5 - June 9, 2017
Classes End:  July 28, 2017
Move out of dorms:   July 31, 2017

Ascension Day:  May 25, 2017
Dies Academicus:   t.b.a
Corpus Christi:  June 15, 2017

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Bonn, the former German capital and still the seat of Germany's government ministries and international organizations, dates back to a Roman settlement. Surrounded by large, groomed parks with a beautiful Baroque palace (the university's main building), Bonn's inner city features fine, 18th-century architecture, including Beethoven's birth house, and several medieval churches.
The city, with a population of just under 300,000, spreads picturesquely along the shores of the Rhine River.
Bonn is about an hour from the Frankfurt train station and mere hours away from many popular European destinations, including Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
Bonn's climate is very moderate.

General introduction to our University and the city of Bonn
The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (University of Bonn) was founded in 1818 and is ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. With a student body of about 34.500, the University is one of Germany’s largest academic institutions and with about 4.000 foreign students from all over the world also one of the most internationally oriented. A wide range of course offerings, an outstanding reputation in teaching and research and a unique location make the University an especially attractive place to study.
Bonn, the former Federal Capital of Germany, is located on the Rhine and a centre for the Rhineland’s way of life, art and culture.
The city celebrated in 1989 the 2000th anniversary of its founding as a Roman settlement. Bonn is Germany’s UN city hosting 19 UN agencies in addition to approx. 150 international organisations.
Furthermore, the city is also the birthplace of Beethoven, has a beautiful historic town center with a daily open market, numerous museums and many other buildings and events of significance and cultural interest.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing, Completion of GERM 101 or equivalent with a grade of "B" or better.

Academic Program
The program begins with a five-week orientation course, which includes cultural courses and special intensive language classes.
After this orientation, students take a language exam that determines the level of placement for the upcoming semester (starts in mid-April and ends in late July).
Students who place in the second and third level of German proficiency may enroll directly in university courses.
The International Programs Office offers tutorials accompanying a select number of direct enrollment courses. For the duration of the program, the International Programs Office provides guidance and assistance in all respects (e.g., housing assignments, registration for classes, enrollment in health insurance, registration with the German city, information on English-speaking physicians, excursions, social and cultural events).
Professors at Bonn University are comfortable working with international students.
The International Programs Office writes a letter to each professor in whose course one or more international program students are enrolled. For some courses, the International Programs Office offers accompanying tutorials.

In addition to the semester-long program, students may have the option of remaining in Bonn for Bonn University's "European Extension Module" program in the summer semester for additional fee.
This program consists of the following courses (taught in English): "European Policy" and "European Institutions". Excursions to Strasbourg, Brussels and/or Vienna are included. Students interested in this program will be responsable for additional costs. This program may not be offered every year.

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 WMU program fee includes: undergraduate tuition, administrative fees, housing, international health and emergency assistance insurance, orientation, a five-week orientation course in Bonn, German health insurance, local transportation ("Studi-Ticket"), select excursions, tutorials, one-week field trip to Berlin, and transportation from Frankfurt to Bonn.
Program fee does not include: airfare, meals, passport, books, immunizations (if needed) and miscellaneous expenses. Students should plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel and personal spending money.
Please find detailed Study Abroad program Financial Aid budget estimations for Spring semester  here.

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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Housing, Visa and Local German Insurance

This program offers students dormitory accommodations. Information for student housing can be found on the Bonn University Website.
For a list of dorms and rents at the university, please click here.

VISA: Students with USA citizenship do not have to apply for a visa prior to their departure, but must apply for their electronic residence permit (visa) within three months after arrival. The following documents will be required: An application form (to be filled out by the student), an admission confirmation letter of enrolment and insurance (supplied by Bonn International and WMU offices), biometrical photos and the application fee of approximately 100-130 Euros (supplied by the student).
Bonn International office will assist the students with this procedure when they are in Bonn.

Local German Insurance:
In addition to WMU international health and emergency assistance insurance HTH WorldWide, WMU students will be insured by the local German insurance Techniker Krankenkasse in Bonn from the beginning of October (1st Semester) or April (2nd Semester), respectively. This very comprehensive insur-ance policy covers the prevention, early-detection and treat-ment of illnesses for out-patients. It includes pre-existing illnesses as well as dental and hospital treatment. It does not, however, cover repatriation costs and in some cases students may have to contribute to the costs of treatment, e.g. prescriptions.
This insurance policy is only available to enrolled students up to the age of 29 years. Students over the age of 29 are requested to purchase their own private insurance.
During the Orientation course which takes place in Septem-ber and March each year, students are insured through EDUCARE24 XL, a plan which includes insurance for general medical and dental treatment, personal liability and acci-dents as well. This insurance plan is provided by Dr. Walter GmbH, a company Bonn University has been working with for many years. EDUCARE24 XL is slightly less comprehensive than the public health insurance plan which the Techniker Kran-kenkasse provides and does not cover pre-existing illnesses, but the public health insurance is only available to enrolled students during the semester which begins in October and April each year.
For information on benefits included and excluded by EDUCARE24 XL, please see:

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Additional Resources

Faculty Director of the Program:
Dr. Olivia Gabor-Peirce
410 Sprau Tower 387-3036
email address:

Study Abroad Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
Bonn University
International Students at Bonn University
Courses Offered by University
DAAD scholarships
DAAD Alumni

Country Information (external links)
Germany - Lonely Planet
Bonn - Lonely Planet
U.S. State Department Information
Country Specific Information - Germany
Culturegram - Germany

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