The University of Freiburg was founded in 1457 in Freiburg im Bresigau, Germany. It boasts a variety of degree programs in 11 faculties and over 160 fields of study. With humanities and the University Library in the city center, the Natural Sciences Campus (Institutsviertel) in the north, and the large University Medical Center at the west end of the old city, the university has grown together with the city.
Today more than 24,000 students are enrolled at the University of Freiburg. Not only is the University of Freiburg physically located in the heart of the city of Freiburg, its students, professors, and staff are also an integral part of daily life in the ‘Capital of the Black Forest’. This is also one of the reasons why Freiburg has become such a popular place to study.
Aside from the numerous leisure activities which may be enjoyed in and near the city and its proximity to the Alsace and Switzerland, it is the variety of academic programs which attracts so many students to Freiburg.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
Most courses are usually taught in German, however more and more classes from a variety of faculties are offered in English as well.
It is advisable to have completed 3-4 semesters of German by the beginning of student’s time abroad. Students must have at least an A2 level in German to study at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. To determine your level, please use this self-assessment: European Language Portfolio Global Scale.
Preparatory language courses are available for an extra fee. A four week intensive language courses is offered by the Language Teaching Center (“Sprachlehrinstitut” = SLI). The cost is around 650 Euro, plus accommodation, which is around 350 Euro. The course is offered in March, August, and September.
Language courses are also available during the semester. The SLI offers a variety of language and cultural courses including German courses free of charge for exchange students. Early registration is recommended/necessary.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study.
UF semester 1: Mid October to Mid February
UF semester 2: Mid April to Late July
Notes on eligibility and timing
Course equivalency formula
ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Please research applicable course restrictions on the Freiburg exchange website.
Areas of study NOT available to exchange students: Psychology, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Molecular Medicine, English-taught Master programs.
Most universities in Germany provide a “Schein," which you will receive for each course completed. Make sure to keep it for your records and provide a copy to Go Global upon return from exchange.
Full course load information
Recommended 24 ECTS.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
Students nominated to ALU can apply for the Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship. Which provides 600 Euros/month to Bachelor and Masters students, and 900 Euros/month to PhD students for a period of 3 to 9 months of exchange. Application instructions provided upon nomination.
DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, offers generous scholarships to students applying for an exchange or research program at a German university. Students must apply to DAAD by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global. See the DAAD website for more information.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
The International Office will provide accommodation in a student dormitory to all exchange students upon application. Student dormitories can be single apartments or single rooms in shared apartments.