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UK Exchange: Heidelberg University
Heidelberg, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Partner Website: Click to visit
Restrictions: UK applicants only
Program Cost and Budget Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 11/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 03/03/2017 08/25/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, German Language, German Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics
Course Language:
English, German
Minimum Language Requirement:
4 semesters
Housing Options:
Apartment, Apartment(shared), Residence Hall
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Laurence Tuccori
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Purchase required (via EA at UK)
Program Description:
Heidelberg University
Heidelberg, Germany

Program Overview
Heidelberg is a city of fairytale surroundings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.  Established in 1386, the school's distinguished reputation was recognised more than 8 centuries later in 2007 as an Elite University and awarded the "Excellence Initiative" by the government for its contributions to science. 

With a population of around 140,000 this ancient town remains quaint, yet bustling.  Students have ample opportunity to engage German culture first-hand through festivals which occur throughout the year. These include the Heidelberger Frühling (Music Festival), Heidelberg Castle Festival, Vampire Ball, and the famous and beloved Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas market.

For more information, take a look at Heidelberg University's very useful online Exchange Student Guide.

All UK students applying to participate in the academic year exchange to Heidelberg are eligible to apply for the Heidelberg Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship waives the cost of UK tuition and fees for the entire academic year spent abroad, as well as the tuition for the one credit-hour EAP 599 course.  After arrival in Heidelberg, the scholarship also provides a monthly stipend of €600 toward the cost of accommodation and meals.
Two scholarships are awarded each year. Click here for more information and the application form. Please note - the Heidelberg Scholarship requires a separate application.

  • Live and learn alongside students from Germany and many other countries from around the world
  • Earn credit from Germany's oldest and most prestigious university
  • Pre-semester intensive German language course included in the exchange

Which UK requirements can I fulfill by taking courses at Heidelberg?
In the last five years, UK students participating on this exchange program have taken courses that have fulfilled UK requirements in ENG, GER, PS, and TA.
Like many German universities, Heidelberg does not publish its course catalog until shortly before the start of each semester. This can make it challenging for UK students to get confirmation of UK course equivalents before the exchange program start date.
UKEA recommends students contact the German Studies department at UK to discuss the kind of courses they hope to take and the UK course equivalents with a view to completing the Academic Approval Form (see under Academic Credit below) after the end of the exchange program.

This program is open to all undergraduate students who will have completed GER 202 by the time of participation.
Students must be in possession of a valid passport at the time of application to this program.

Academic Credit
Students will earn transfer credit from Heidelberg University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Heidelberg University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Housing & Meals
Student residences and private accommodation options are available. The International Office at Heidelberg University will assist students with securing housing. Students are also responsible for all meals during the duration of the term abroad. 

Student Life
The oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg University is saturated with history and culture, as is the surrounding city. Heidelberg possesses both a cosmopolitan and student-friendly atmosphere. A popular tourist destination, it is known as one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, as evidenced by its charming, baroque Old Town, famous churches and the majestic Heidelberg Castle.
Immerse yourself in the Romantic era architecture, hike along the Philosopher’s Path, pop into an eatery for a traditional German meal, or spend the day at a museum and the night at a theatre. Heidelberg hosts numerous exciting festivals throughout the year, from the Ball der Vampire (Ball of the Vampires) in February to the Old Town Autumn Festival in September, which includes a Medieval Market, arts and crafts market and music ranging from Samba to rock ‘n’ roll.

Explore Heidelberg on video.

Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Heidelberg University. Students will be notified by the UK Exchanges Coordinator (see below) on how to access the Heidelberg University application AFTER their UK application has been approved. 

UK applications are reviewed as they are received, and early application is encouraged as all spaces may have been filled before the published application deadline.

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to create a larger financial aid package.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
  • The University of Kentucky offers 2 Heidelberg Scholarships each year to 2 students participating in the academic year exchange option. For more information click here.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships are also available to students studying in Germany.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost & Budget" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in Room 106 of Bowman's Den, accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for entry to Germany but must obtain a residence permit after arrival for programs exceeding 90 days. Non-US passport holders must investigate the visa regulations posted on the website of the Embassy of Germany as well as the associated regulations for their current US student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
Mr. Laurence Tuccori, EA Exchanges Coordinator, 

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