Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

City: Freiburg
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Founded in 1457 in Freiburg im Bresigau, Germany
  • Located in the heart of the city
  • 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
  • 11 faculties and over 160 fields of study
  • 24 000+ students
  • Numerous leisure activities in and near the city
  • Conveniently located near the Alsace and Switzerland

Students considering an exchange at a university in Germany are encouraged to apply for the generous DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. The application is due by January 31 (before you will have received confirmation of your exchange.) You will require a letter from Go Global to apply.

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEducationForestryHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsScience

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 self-asses, use: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • 4-week intensive language course is offered in March, August, and September by the Language Teaching Center (“Sprachlehrinstitut” = SLI) for 650 Euro, plus accommodation, which is around 350 Euro
  • Language courses also available during the semester
  • SLI offers a variety of language and cultural courses including German courses free of charge for exchange students (early registration is recommended/necessary)


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid October to Mid February
  • Semester 2: Mid April to Late July
Courses + Transfer Credits


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.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

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

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: First World War Poetry and Short Fiction
Partner course code: 05LEO2S 1217
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Medieval Subjectivities
Partner course code: O5LEO2S 1218
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Mary Shelly
Partner course code: 05LEO2S 1219
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: Rewriting the 18th Century
Partner course code: 05LEO2S 1221
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: ENGL 2nd
Title: The Comedy of Manners - Restoration to Oscar Wilde
Partner course code: O5LEO2S 1223
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-23
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: German Language Course B1.2
Partner course code: GERM
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-11-08
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Kommunikativ-funktionale Grammatik – Einzelansicht
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Introduction to Linguistics
Partner course code: 05LE10V 4
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-02-18
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: German language learning with art
Partner course code: 05LE44T ID125081
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-02-18
UBC course: COMM 491
Title: Corporate Strategic Management
Partner course code: 03LE47V ID123732
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-02-04
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship
    • Students nominated to ALU can apply for the Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarship
    • 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 Funding
    • 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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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.

Additional fees

  • Health insurance required - students have to proove sufficient health insurance before matriculation
  • Students can bring their own health insurance, but Freiburg strongly recommends the local German public health insurance, which offers maximum security (approx 75 euros per month)
  • The University of Freiburg will not cover any medical bills for exchange students

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • 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

Partner Housing Information

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