IES Abroad Freiburg Center
Language & Area Studies Program
Fall / Spring Semester Program
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, located in southwestern Germany near the French and Swiss borders, is a historic university town, renowned for its heritage of learning, distinctive medieval architecture, varied cultural life and magnificent countryside. The natural beauty of the Black Forest and the upper Rhine Valley offer the perfect backdrop for intellectual and spiritual growth. Although it is also a modern, cosmopolitan city, Freiburg exudes a friendly provincial charm with its many reminders of a rich past as a flourishing medieval social and cultural center.
This program is offered in association with the Institute for the International Education of Students, also known as IES Abroad. IES Abroad allows students to take classes in the American education style in a variety of locations around the world. You will be taking classes with fellow students from the U.S. spending their semester abroad in Freiburg. Additionally students have the option to take one or more classes at the local German university, offering the opportunity to take class along side German natives.The IES Abroad Freiburg Center is conveniently situated in the heart of Freiburg, among curving streets, medieval architecture, and beautiful cathedrals. It is within easy walking distance of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität. The Center offers a full range of facilities including classrooms, student lounge, computer lab, high-speed Internet and printer access, and a small library.
View the IES Program courses available by clicking this link and selecting "IES Abroad Courses" in the column on the left.
View the Germany: Freiburg IES Language & Area Studies Pre-Approved Course Listing to learn IES Abroad course equivalencies at USD.
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alicia Pena.
The Language & Area Studies Program offers courses in modern German history, art history, political science, economics, and German language and literature. All instruction is in German, thus students are required to have completed 4 semesters of previous German langauge courses prior to participation. Students in this program are concurrently enrolled at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (University of Freiburg) which offers a vast array of courses in Arts and Sciences to qualified students. All students are required to enroll in a minimum of 4 units of German instruction on this program.
Students are able to gain international work experience and unique cultural exposure through internships at area businesses, environmental advocacy groups, government agencies, hospitals, NGOs, political parties, schools, and theaters. Learn more about the internship opportunities by following this link and selecting "Internships" from the column on the left.
Students are housed along with local German students, American study abroad students, and other international students in University residence halls which are located on the outskirts of town, a 12-minute trolley ride from the university. Housing arrangements are made by IES Abroad on behalf of the student. The residence halls are in a suite arrangement with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Meals are not included in the housing arrangement; students usually prepare some meals in the kitchen in their suite and eat other meals at the cafeteria or in local restaurants. Housing costs are included in the Program Fee assessed by IES Abroad. Housing arrangements are made for the student by IES Abroad.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee will be assessed by and paid directly to IES Abroad. Please see Program Cost
above to review details of fees associated with this program.
Students will be responsible for paying any supplemental course fees charged by the IES Abroad. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via IES Abroad and should be paid directly to IES Abroad.
Students wishing to upgrade their housing arrangements may be charged an additional fee as identified by IES Abroad.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, immigration information will be sent to students from their IES Abroad advisor. Currently United States citizens are not required to obtain a visa for semester-long study abroad program participation. Students will, however, need to register with the local German government upon arrival for a residency permit. The IES Abroad Center staff will assist students through this process during on-site orientation.
IES Abroad Freiburg organizes a variety of exciting field trips each semester at an additional cost. Trips focus on the cultural, historic, and political importance of the cities visited through tours and museums, among other activities. Additionally, field study is incorporated into IES Abroad coursework as an integral part of the program. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Learn more about the field trips offered your semester by following this link and selecting "Field Trips" from the column on the left.