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  • Locations: Freiburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Academic Year in
Freiburg, Germany


Students on AYF Program

Students who complete applications by 12/1 qualify for early consideration, including eligibility for scholarships (such as the AYF Alumni Scholarships) due in December or January.

Freiburg is located in southern Germany. The city offers a variety of cultural activities such as concerts, exhibitions, and theater, and, because of its proximity to the Black Forest, numerous recreational activities including biking, hiking, and skiing. A historically famous university town, Freiburg has become known as one of the world's "greenest" cities, mixing a sustainable ecosystem with a charming old-town feel.

The program begins with a month-long intensive language program in September. At the start of the academic year in October, students choose from a variety of courses in diverse subject matter through the AYF program and through the Albert-Ludwigs Universität. Uni Freiburg offers vibrant social opportunities through student clubs and organizations.

Promotional Video: Academic Year in Freiburg



  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at program start date
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum two years of college-level German
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Credits: 27-36 Michigan in-residence credits per year. Program staff and faculty will work with students upon arrival to register for courses at the appropriate level between several possible institutions: AYF consortium courses, SLI (Language Teaching Institute) courses, Pädagogische Hochschule courses, or courses through Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. For assistance navigating course guides, please see the "Guides and Information" page on the AYF website. Find the course offerings here

Instruction is in German, though some courses through Uni Freiburg are available in English.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).

The program begins with a month-long intensive language program in September. At the start of the academic year in October, students choose courses from the following options:

  • German language, literature, and history courses offered specially for program participants
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache classes, designed for visiting international students at the university
  • Full range of courses available to all students at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in a variety of subjects, including: 
    • German, Foreign Languages, English, History, Art History, Philosophy, Humanities, Sociology, Political Science, Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Math, Computer Sciences, Physical or Life Sciences


Budget Estimate 2019-20 

*The U-M Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures will reduce the program fee for applicants by $1,000. This is represented on the budget sheet above. Additional funding opportunities are available from the department as well. Contact for more information.

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

AYF Alumni Club Scholarships for Michigan Students: the alumni club offers multiple scholarships through its U.S. and German chapters, using a joint application process. These groups expect to award 2-4 scholarships annually AYF participants. Apply on the Wisconsin website; instructional document coming soon. This funding is available only to students who apply to the AYF program by December 1st. 

German Department funding page
The Max Kade Foundation typically reserves some scholarship funds for AYF participants. Award amount varies by year and cohort size, but in past years students have received some additional funding to cover living expenses during their time abroad. All applicants are considered automatically.

Sources for Funding Global Study
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • AYF Registration Forms

Dates & Deadlines

Please note: Although this program's application deadline is February 1st, students who apply by December 1st will receive advanced notification of admission. These students will be eligible to apply for AYF alumni club scholarships (detailed above) due the same date as the Dec.1st application, as well as any other early-deadline scholarships due prior to February.


Residence halls, single rooms, primarily in flats, located a tram, bus or bike ride from campus. All rooms are wired for internet and outfitted with basic furnishings. Each dormitory unit has shared kitchen facilities. See this link for more details.

Student E-Advisor

Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to: 

Mark Lynch -
Laura Stahl -
Marisa Launstein -

Need to Know

2018-19 Program Handbook
CGIS Supplemental Handbook
Program Website (AYF)
Host Institution (University of Freiburg)

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA