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Bonn University
Bonn, Germany
Program Terms: Fall,
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

** 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 Description:
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Program Overview

The WMU program at Bonn University (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit was founded in 1818) 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). 
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

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

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), a confirmation letter of enrolment and insurance (supplied by our office), 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.

Fall Semester 2016 dates:
Arrival Day:  September 5, 2016
Orientation Course:  September 5 - September 30, 2016
Excursion to Berlin (only Junior Year Program):   October 3 - October 8, 2016
Course Advisement:  October 10 - October 13, 2016
Classes begin:  October 17, 2016
Christmas Break:  (t.b.c.)
Classes: End  February 10, 2017
Move out of dorms:   February 28, 2017

All Saints' Day:  November 1, 2016
Dies Academicus:  t.b.a.

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.

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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 have the option of remaining in Bonn for Bonn University's "European Extension Module" program in the summer semester. 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 in this program will incur additional costs.

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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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.

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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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