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  • Locations: Vallendar, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
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  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: No pre-requisite, not required to take language course in-country GPA: 2.75
Disciplines offered: Accounting (ACCT), Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Decision Science (DSCI), Economics (ECON), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), German (GERM), Leadership Studies (LEAD), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), School of Business, Supply Chain Management (BSCM), Theatre (THEA), Undergraduate Accomodations: Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Must have completed 60 units Program Advisor: Alana Thomas -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
GERMANY: Vallendar

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Fall / Spring Semester Exchange Program 


Vallendar is a lively small town located on the banks of the Rhine, which unites the atmosphere of ancient tradition and typical regional charm. The town's distinguishing feature - old bourgeois houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries - are for the most part timber-framed buildings displaying exquisite beam carvings. Since 1934, Vallendar has been a government-approved health resort, offering Kneipp treatment and pure air for convalescence. The charming surrounding countryside offers many attractive walks and hiking routes. 

Six kilometers from Vallendar, the world famous "Deutsche Eck" stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Koblenz. Koblenz is one of Germany's oldest and most beautiful cities. The city is encircled by four Mittelgebirge ranges, the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald and Taunus, with their many woods, pastures and lakes. The numerous churches, castles, former stately homes and well-to-do burghers' houses stand witness to over 2,000 years of history. 


Students enroll at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Managementfounded in 1984 to serve the business needs of Germany and the region. WHU has established a privately sponsored university-level management training program where students gain practical experience while studying and becoming accustomed to working in teams. WHU is consistently placed among the top schools in national and international rankings: top place in Wirtschaftswoche, in Junge Karriere, and in the ZEIT/CHE ranking. Also, with its Kellogg-WHU EMBA program, WHU is ranked #18 worldwide in the international Financial Times ranking. 

To learn more about WHU, a quick reference tool is the WHU 2015-16 Fact Sheet.pdf

This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local Germans as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at WHU. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. To learn more about WHU as an exchange student, visit the International Exchange Student webpage and the WHU Vallendar Campus' Guide for Exchange Students. It includes everything from housing to student life to activities around Vallendar!

The semester at WHU is divided into two modules. There are courses only taught in Module I or in Module II but there are also courses running through both modules. During the Fall semester, Module I is from September to end of October and Module II is from end of October to Christmas. For the Spring semester, Module I is from beginning of January to beginning of March and Module II is from beginning of March to end of April. You can also use the WHU Academic Calendar to plan when you may be abroad.


View the courses offered at WHU!

See how courses transfer back to USD by checking the Germany: WHU Pre-Approved Course Listing

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 Justin Berens (

Grades awarded during a semester at WHU will transfer back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the GERMANY_Grading_Equivalencies.pdf to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at Italy varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.

WHU's internship placement office will help exchange students get into contact with companies in Germany if they wish to apply for an internship. During the semester there are also many company visits at WHU, which take place in the evenings and may enable students to contact businesses personally.


Exchange students can opt for a private apartment, an apartment on Krautkrämer Campus or in the Schumann Guest House, or they can reserve a room in the Dormitory or in "Haus Wildburg". Exchange students will be supported in finding their apartment before their arrival, either with maps, detailed descriptions how to find the apartment or by a WHU student buddy.

Students also have the option to seek out independent housing should they choose, though housing through WHU is recommended. Students will pay for their housing directly to WHU or the independent provider selected.    


USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.


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 WHU 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 IWHU staff will assist students through this process during on-site orientation.


The student association "V.I.P" supports the WHU International Office by  organizing trips and events and will help exchange students discover Germany. 

  • WHU's Integration program will help students become familiar with the university, with Germany, with WHU students and with the others exchange students

  • A Welcome and Orientation meeting will provide information about living and studying at WHU. The Welcome Reception will give students  the opportunity to introduce themselves and meet the students and staff from WHU

  • A Hiking Tour during orientation will show students the beauty of the regionlogo