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Germany: Vallendar - WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Semester Exchange)
Vallendar, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost,
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
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Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/11/2015
03/11/2015 08/31/2015 12/19/2015

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Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.75 Internships: Yes
Disciplines offered: Business, Management Accomodations: Host families, Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Program Advisor: Ali Droster - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

GERMANY: Vallendar

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Fall/Spring Semester Program 



The town of Vallendar, where WHU is located, lies directly on the Rhine, at the heart of one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.  The former garrison city of Koblenz, with its historic old town, is just six kilometers away. Cologne and Frankfurt can be reached in under an hour. As a result, opportunities for extra-curricular activities are almost boundless.

 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. In the summer months, daily boat trips are operated along both the Rhine and the Moselle.

Six kilometers from Vallendar, the world famous "Deutsche Eck" stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle 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. Narrow alleyways, romantic corners and inviting squares attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to this unique city every year.
From Vallendar and Koblenz, there are countless opportunities for making trips - lasting one day, or even several - in the immediate surroundings, and further afield. Whether on foot, by bicycle, car or boat, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is one of the most splendid and ancient cultural landscapes and offers something for everyone. This was one of the deciding factors when, in 2002, it was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.




Students enroll at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management which was founded in 1984 at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Koblenz 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. The university teaches more than mere technical expertise.  Many classes are held by practitioners working in the field, who use case studies and computer simulations to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice.


WHU pursues excellence in everything it does. This philosophy is underscored by our claim "Excellence in Management Education." We achieve our goal of excellence through the motivation and dedication of WHU students and staff (Passion), their call for social responsibility (People) and the faithfulness to the principle that results count (Performance). 

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. 

Language: Classes are offered in English and German.  WHU offers a free intensive German course running through the semester. Exchange students may choose between 4 levels, from absolute beginners to advanced.

To learn more about WHU, check out the general WHU website as well as the International Exchange Student webpage. A quick reference tool is the WHU 2015-16 Fact Sheet.pdf

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. 

  • Fall semester: Module I is from September to End of October, Module II is from End of October to Christmas.

  • Spring semester: Module I is from Beginning of January to Beginning of March, Module II is from Beginning of March to End of April.




Students are advised to select five primary courses plus five alternates. All courses must be approved by USD for transfer prior to departure. Please contact Ali Droster,, if there is a course you would like to take not listed as pre-approved. Students are advised to start the process well in advance of the application deadline since processing can take weeks.

View the courses offered at WHU!

See how courses transfer back to USD : Germany: WHU Pre-Approved Course Listings

Internships: WHU's 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.

Grades awarded during a semester at WHU will be transferred back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the GERMANY_Grading_Equivalencies.pdf to understand how grades are converted.



History enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the abundance of castle and palace tours. From Koblenz to the Lorelei, formidable constructions line the steep slopes, which they share with the renowned vines of the Rhine, like pearls on a string.
Walking and cycling tours in the Rhine, Moselle and Lahn valleys can even be combined with boat trips. In addition to round trips and scheduled services, the various boat operators also offer chartered journeys.
The winegrowers and wine taverns in the world famous localities along the Rhine and Moselle offer wine tasting, together with local culinary specialties, all year round. In Spring and Fall, this abundance of options is widened still further with the ancient tradition of Straußenwirtschaften, where winegrowers transform their own homes into wine bars.

  • Exchange Coordinators
  • Personalized academic counseling
  • VIP (a student organization on campus to integrate exchange students at WHU)
  • Student buddy service
  • Career Services Office
  • Free German Language Course

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 region

Note: US Citizens do not need to apply for a visa in order to study in Germany. However, upon arrival in Germany students will need to apply for a residence permit.


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.



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.


WANT MORE INFORMATION?! Check out the WHU Vallendar Campus' Guide for Exchange Students. It includes everything from housing to student life to activities around Vallendar!



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To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)