University of Würzburg

City: Würzburg
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Founded in 1402 making it one of the oldest universities in Germany
  • 270 degree programmes in 10 faculties across 2 campuses: Hubland Campus, the university's main campus and Campus Nor, which opened in 2011
  • 29 000 students
  • Recently added subjects include Nanostructure Technology, Games Engineering, Digital Humanities and Media Communications
  • Home to 14 Nobel Laureates including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered the X-ray in Würzburg in 1895 and Klaus von Klitzing, who is credited with discovering the Quantum-Hall Effect
  • Has gained a reputation for its excellence in research, specifically interdisciplinary research
  • Has set up a number of research centres that bring together different faculties such as the renowned Biocentre, a joint facility of the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, and the Faculty of Medicine
  • Located in Würzburg, a city in the region of Bavaria, known for its baroque and rococo architecture
  • Population of 124,000
  • Closest major cities are Frankfurt and Nuremburg (both one hour train ride away)

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Partner university's areas of study


Notes on Language of Instruction

  • The majority of classes are held in German
  • As an exchange student, you should have sufficient language skills to follow the courses
  • No specific level of proficiency in German required for most subjects (exceptions below):
    • If students wish to earn ECTS credits in Würzburg, they should be able to demonstrate a B1-level (except courses at the Language Center)
    • Specific German language skills for some subjects: German Philology (NOT german courses at the Language Center): B1; Medicine: B2; Media Communication: B1; Pharmacy and Biology: A2 in German or B1 in English
  • For more information on obligatory minimum language competencies for different faculties, click here
  • The Language Center of the University of Würzburg also offers German courses before and during the semester,  free of charge for program students (more information here)


Terms offered

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

Who can go?

  • Faculty of Science students may attend

Term dates

  • Term 1 (Winter semester): Early October to Late March (lectures end early February)
  • Term 2 (Summer semester): Early April to Late September (lectures end mid-July)


  • There is no official examination period and exams might take place during the semester break - Students should inquire about this before booking return flights
  • In term 2, lectures end in July and students may be able to complete exams in time to return to UBC in Term 1
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Grading scheme

  • 0 to 1,2 = with distinction = A+
  • 1,3 to 1,5 = excellent = A
  • 1,6 to 2,0 = very good = B
  • 2,1 to 3,0 = good = C
  • 3,1 to 3,5 = satisfactory = D
  • 3,6 to 4,0 = sufficient = E
  • from 4,1 = insufficient = F

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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

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

  • For a list of courses in English, click here
  • For a full list of courses offered at the University of Würzburg, consult the course catelogue

Full course load information

  • 30 ECTS per term is equivalent to 15 credits at UBC per term

University of Würzburg 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: GERM 110
Title: German A2.1
Partner course code: 11012020
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2019-02-17
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Basic Questions About the European Union
Partner course code: 05070160
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-04
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Learning and Behavioural Disorders
Partner course code: 05024320
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-21
UBC course: PSYC 4th
Title: Neurogenetics of Behaviour B
Partner course code: 06110090
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-17
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Scholarships + awards

  • 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 by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global

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’ for Federal 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


Housing notes

  • Students that apply for housing by the official deadline (June 15 for the winter semester and January 15 for the summer semester) are guaranteed housing in a university dormitory
  • Students can also find their own private accommodation
  • A list of useful sites can be found here, under the "Private" tab

University of Würzburg Accommodation Information

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