Connecticut College students are able to participate in the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program between the State of Connecticut and the state of Baden-Württemberg. Once accepted, students may choose from one of nine universities in Baden-Württemberg: Heidelberg, Freiburg, Tübingen, Karlsruhe, Ulm, Stuttgart, Hohenheim, Mannheim and Konstanz.
For full program details, please visit the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program.
Location of Baden-Württemberg
Situated in the southwestern part of Germany, Baden-Württemberg shares its borders with France, Switzerland, and Austria. This region is filled with picturesque beauty and historical landmarks: Heidelberg Castle, the Black Forest and Lake Constance.
This region is also a powerful economic engine within Europe. Some of the world's most successful companies are located here: Mercedes-Benz (Daimler-Chrysler), Porsche and the German computer software giant SAP. Connecticut chose well, wouldn't you say, when it formed a state-to-state partnership with Baden-Württemberg over a dozen years ago!
- The BW-Exchange is for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates are eligible to participate any time after completing their freshman year.
- Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and have demonstrated that they are mature, self-directed learners who will receive the most satisfaction from experiencing German university life as an insider
- Students planning to take regular German university courses will find that they can do so with less frustration if they have completed a minimum of four semesters or more of college-level German.
- Students who have achieved less than intermediate level proficiency in German can strengthen their language skills the first semester by taking an intensive language course (20 hours per week) in the Deutsch als Fremdsprache program (DaF) at their German university. You can obtain examples of the various DaF programs from the BW-Exchange Director.
- Students who choose the above option can supplement their intensive German language studies with one or two university courses taught in English. Many departments offer a selection of courses taught by visiting professors from English-speaking countries, which vary from one semester to the next.
For further information and application materials. see Geoffrey Atherton ((860) 439-2292, or contact the Baden-Württemberg Exchange, Department of Higher Education Hartford, CT 06105 with contact information provided on the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program website.