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Study Abroad for German Students

Students declaring a major or minor in the department are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Temple University has programs at the universities of Hamburg and Tübingen and Leipzig in Germany. Courses completed in these programs may be credited toward the German major or minor and in partial satisfaction of the International Studies requirement.

Temple University has had a reciprocal exchange agreement with the University of Hamburg since 1956, and in 1983 Temple began an exchange with the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.  These agreements allow Temple students with a minimum of 4 semesters of university-level German and who will be juniors by the time they attend the program the opportunity to take courses across the undergraduate, and in the case of Hamburg graduate, curriculum. 

These exchanges offer Temple students an excellent opportunity to study abroad for a semester or academic year. Since this is a reciprocal exchange program, our Temple students pay Temple tuition and all of their regular financial aid and scholarships can be applied. The exchange is an especially good deal financially for Temple students who are Pennsylvania (PA) residents. For example, tuition for foreigners is approximately $18,000 per year, but Temple students who participate in the exchange and are PA residents would currently pay about $9,000 in tuition for the year, based on current Temple PA-resident rates. Both exchange programs are also approved for transfer credit.

 

Information on Tübingen:


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE WITH EBERHARD-KARLS UNIVERSITY IN TÜBINGEN, GERMANY
Through a reciprocal exchange agreement with Eberhard-Karls University, also known as the University of Tübingen, Temple undergraduate and graduate students can exchange places with Tübingen students and spend a semester or year studying at the University of Tübingen. The program is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students in good academic standing with at least two years of college level German by the time the program begins, and sufficient proficiency to enroll in university courses which are taught in German.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN
Eberhard-Karls-University, founded in 1477, is one of Germany's oldest universities. It is particularly famous for its faculties of Medicine, Theology, Law, Philosophy and Science. Tightly interwoven with the University's history is the Evangelische Stift, founded in 1536 as a Protestant Seminary to which many famous names have added distinction. Johannes Kepler studied here in 1587; other members included the poets Hölderlin, Hauff, and Mörike and the philosophers Hegel and Schelling. Today, Tübingen's 20,000 students live in a comparatively small city of 85,000. While the majority of the liberal arts departments and institutions are located in the old part of Tübingen, the modern Science Center was built thirty years ago on the hills overlooking the town. The University has more than 450 professors and 2000 academic assistants. At their disposal is not only the latest technical equipment, but also extensive library facilities. For more information, see the university web site: www.uni-tuebingen.de.
ABOUT TÜBINGEN
Tübingen is situated in southeastern Germany, 40 kilometers south of Stuttgart in the State (Land) of Baden Württenberg. Of Germany's ancient university towns, none has retained its charm as handsomely as Tübingen. The winding alleys and gabled houses of the town center surround the lovely 15th-century Stiftkirche and the Evangelische Stift. The crooked little streets of the guilds, the numerous half-timbered houses, stores, wine cellars and student pubs define the picture of Tübingen just as much as the historical landmarks of the city: the city hall and marketplace, the old Bursa, Hölderlin Tower and Castle Hohentübingen. One third of Tübingen's residents are affiliated with the University, and University and city life are very much entwined. Cultural activities in Tübingen include theaters, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.
COURSES AVAILABLE
Students with appropriate academic background may choose from courses in a range of departments including: Art History; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Classical Archaeology; Classics; Comparative Literature; Economics; Education; English Language, Literature & Culture; Geography; Geology; German Language & Literature; History; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mineralogy; Musicology; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Religious Studies; Rhetoric; Sociology; Stone Age Archaeology; and Theology. The University also offers courses in a wide range of ancient and modern languages, in addition to German, and cultures of regions around the world.
INTENSIVE GERMAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM AND ORIENTATION
A four-week intensive German language and orientation program is offered by the University of Tübingen prior to the start of classes for students whose German language needs improvement. One week of the program is spent at the University's study center in Blaubeuren, approximately 180 km from Tübingen. The cost is 780 Euros, or approximately $1,000 and includes tuition and excursions, and housing and meals during the one-week period in Blaubeuren. Students are responsible for the costs of housing and meals during the remaining three weeks of the program in Tübingen. There is also a two-week language program available for exchange students for about 50 Euros (no meals or housing included). Pre-registration is necessary for both programs.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
Students may participate in the exchange program for an academic year or semester. The academic year begins in October and runs through mid-July. The fall/winter semester concludes in mid-February; the spring/summer semester begins in mid-April. There is a 10-day break in each semester. Because of the different academic calendar, students who want to spend only one semester in Germany usually go in the spring/summer.
HOUSING
Although housing is not guaranteed, Tübingen helps students secure accommodation in dormitories, apartments or rented rooms in Tübingen. Students normally shop for groceries and cook for themselves in available kitchen facilities and/or purchase meals in the university cafeterias.
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND FINANCIAL AID
In advance of their departure, Temple University students pay tuition to Temple. In Germany, participating students are only responsible for the costs of housing, meals, transportation, personal expenses, insurance and nominal education-related fees which are paid to Tübingen. Because participating students remain enrolled at Temple University during their time in Germany, eligible students may continue to receive most forms of their financial aid and apply these monies to the costs of studying in Germany.
LIVING EXPENSES
The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the German Academic Exchange Service, recommends that students have available 600 Euros per month ($800 at the current exchange rate) for living expenses. This amount is of course variable depending on personal lifestyle and spending habits. Per semester, students should budget the following:
Housing: $1500
Meals: $1000
Personal Expenses: $ 800
Estimated Airfare: $ 900
Books: $ 300
Required Health Insurance: $ 300
Students should budget additional funds for the intensive German language and orientation program ($1,000), and any personal travel planned for the semester breaks.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Students are selected for the exchange on the basis of their academic record and a personal interview. To be considered, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, at least four semesters of university level German, background in the subjects to be pursued at Tübingen, and at least junior-year status by the time they begin their study at Tübingen. Students must complete the Temple University Exchange Application and submit two academic references and transcripts for all university-work completed, in addition to a German language evaluation report.
The application deadline for academic year, fall or spring study is March 1.


Iinformation on Hamburg

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
Through a reciprocal exchange agreement with the University of Hamburg, Temple undergraduate and graduate students can exchange places with Hamburg students and spend a semester or year studying at the University of Hamburg. The program is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students in good academic standing with at least two years of college level German by the time the program begins, and sufficient proficiency to enroll in university courses taught in German.
THE UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
On March 28, 1919, the parliament of the city-state of Hamburg passed a resolution to establish the University of Hamburg. The start of the young University in the 1920s included outstanding scholars such as Ernst Cassirer (Philosophy), Erwin Panofsky (Art History), Otto Stern (Physical Chemistry), and William Stern (Psychology). Today the University of Hamburg has approximately 39,900 students, 900 professors engaged in teaching and research, as well as an additional full-time academic staff numbering 2,800. About 1,000 part-time academic staff teach at the University, and an equal number of additional academic and other employees are engaged in research projects financed by parties outside the University. The University is spread over 270 buildings with a usable area of 345,000 square meters. The center of the University is its campus at Von-Melle-Park, which is situated close to the lake in the heart of Hamburg. Many more facilities belonging to the University are to be found in other parts of Hamburg. For more information, see the university’s web site: www.uni-hamburg.de.
ABOUT HAMBURG
Situated in the north of Germany approximately one hour's drive from the Danish border, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city and home to 1.6 million people. With port facilities covering an area of roughly 100 km, the city is Germany's most important seaport; nearly 100 shipping companies are based in Hamburg. Hamburg is an exciting city with a lively cultural life, including theater, symphony, opera and museums, and many sports events. The copper-roofed brick architecture prevalent in Hamburg is very characteristic of northern Germany, and the luxurious parks and lakes within the city limits give rise to Hamburg's claim that it--not Stockholm--is the Venice of the north.
COURSES AVAILABLE
Students with appropriate academic background may choose from courses in a range of departments including: Anthropology; Art History; Astronomy; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Classical Archaeology; Computer Science; Economics; Education; Egyptology; English Language; Literature & Culture; Folklore; Geography; Geology; History; Journalism; Language, Literature & Culture of North America; Mathematics; Musical Theater Direction; Oceanography; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Play Directing; Political Science; Protestant Theology; Psychology; Social and Economic History; Sociology, and Teacher's Training. The University also offers courses in a wide range of ancient and modern languages, in addition to German, and departments focusing on the languages and cultures of regions around the world. A four-week intensive language program offered by the Goethe Institute in Hamburg prior to the start of classes is available for students whose German language needs improvement. The cost for instruction is Euro 1,360 or approximately $1,800.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
Students may participate in the exchange program for an academic year or semester. The academic year begins in October and runs through mid-July. The fall semester concludes in early February; the spring semester begins in early April. There is a 10-day break in each semester. Because of the different academic calendar in Germany, students who want to spend only one semester in Germany usually go in the spring/summer.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Although housing is not guaranteed, Hamburg helps students secure accommodation in dormitories, apartments or rented rooms in Hamburg. Students normally shop for groceries and cook for themselves in available kitchen facilities and/or purchase meals in the university cafeterias.
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND FINANCIAL AID
In advance of their departure, Temple University students pay tuition to Temple. In Germany, participating students are responsible for the costs of housing, meals, transportation, personal expenses, insurance and nominal education-related fees which are paid to Hamburg. Because participating students remain enrolled at Temple University during their time in Germany, eligible students may continue to receive most forms of their financial aid and apply these monies to the costs of studying in Germany.
LIVING EXPENSES
The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the German Academic Exchange Service, recommends that students have available 600-700 Euros per month ($800-900 at the current exchange rate) for living expenses. This amount is of course variable depending on personal lifestyle and spending habits. Per semester, students should budget the following:
Housing: $1500
Meals: $1000
Personal Expenses: $1000
Estimated Airfare: $ 900
Books: $ 300
Required Health Insurance: $ 300
University Fee: $ 250
Students should budget additional funds for the intensive German language and orientation program ($1800), and any personal travel planned for the semester breaks.
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG STIPEND
Each year, Temple students may compete for one living expenses stipend awarded by the University of Hamburg. The stipend is dispersed in monthly increments of 425 Euros. To be considered for the stipend, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and submit a stipend application form available from Temple's International Programs office by March 1. All candidates are interviewed by a Temple University faculty committee.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Students are selected for the exchange on the basis of their academic record and a personal interview. To be considered, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, at least four semesters of university level German, background in the subjects to be pursued at Hamburg, and at least junior-year status by the time they begin their study at Hamburg. Students must complete the Temple University Exchange Application and submit two academic references and transcripts for all university-work completed, in addition to a German language evaluation report.
The application deadline for academic year, fall or spring study is March 1.

Students interested in Study Abroad should discuss their plans with the faculty advisor in the German Department early in their academic program.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR ALL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to those Temple University students who:
1. Will be at least 19 years old by the starting date of study at their exchange university.
2. Are currently matriculated at Temple as full-time students and will have completed at least two years of college-level study with a satisfactory scholastic average (at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
3. Intend a full-time program of study.
4. Are in good academic and disciplinary standing; students on academic and/or disciplinary probation or warning may not participate.
Special Admission Requirements for the University of Hamburg and University of Tübingen Exchanges:
Students will be expected to have completed at least four semesters of the university level German language courses, and sufficient proficiency to enroll in university courses that are taught in German.
Special Admission Requirements for the University of Puerto Rico Exchange:
Students will be expected to have completed at least four semesters of the university level Spanish language courses, and sufficient proficiency to enroll in university courses that are taught in Spanish.
Application Procedures: In addition to the application form, students must submit:
1. Official transcripts from all college/universities attended, including Temple transcript
2. Two academic references, on the reference forms supplied. At least one of the references should be from a professor in the student’s major.
3. In addition, for the exchanges in Germany at Hamburg and Tübingen, and for the University of Puerto Rico, students must submit a completed language evaluation for the relevant language.
Note: Transcripts, references, and the language evaluation (for Hamburg, Tübingen, and Puerto Rico), must be received by the deadline but may be sent under separate cover. Applications are not reviewed until all supporting documents have been received.
Application Deadlines: The application deadline for all exchanges for academic year, fall or spring study is March 1.
Applications should be sent to:
Temple University
International Programs (008-00)
200 Tuttleman
1809 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia PA 19122
Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the University.
Affirmative action at Temple has these inclusive objectives: to support the admission and successful participation of disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and those for whom English is a second language. It is also committed to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.
Temple University’s equal opportunity/affirmative action program complies with federal regulations. For more information or to review Temple University’s Affirmative Action Plan, contact the Assistant Vice President for Affirmative Action, Room 109, University Services Building, 215-204-7303.
Courses, costs, polices, and programs are subject to change.


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGES APPLICATION

(Please print or type)
Name: _______________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________
Date of Birth: ____________ TUid: ________________________ Citizenship: ____________ Gender: __________
Home/Permanent Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________________ Cell: ________________________________
Campus/Temporary Address:________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________________
Please circle the exchange you are applying for: East Anglia Hamburg Tübingen Puerto Rico
I am applying for: Fall Semester 20 _______ Spring Semester 20 _______ Academic Year 20_______ - _______
Major: ________________________________________ Minor: ________________________________________
Cumulative GPA: ______ GPA in major: ______ Please circle your class status: Sophomore Junior Senior Graduate
Foreign Languages spoken and level of proficiency: ________________________________________________________________
Please describe any previous international experiences including places and length of stay:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Scholarships or other financial aid currently received (Please provide source and amount)
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
References: List the two faculty members to whom you have given the Letter of Reference form:
a) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
b) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Official transcript(s) of all previously completed college-level work, including work completed at Temple, must be submitted in support of this application to: International Programs, 200 Tuttleman, 1809 N. 13th Street, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Please use this space to include a statement describing yourself as an individual (your personal and intellectual history, special interests and abilities, future plans, etc.) and a concise but comprehensive summary of the program you would pursue abroad, and how this fits into your program at Temple. Students applying to Hamburg or Tübingen must write their essay in German. Students applying to the exchange with the University of Puerto Rico must write their essay in Spanish.
How did you learn about Temple's Exchange Programs: Study Abroad Adviser _____ Academic Adviser _____ Faculty _____
Friends _____ Campus Publicity _____ Internet _____ Publication ______________________________________________________
Title
Other __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
AGREEMENTS
I authorize Temple University International Programs staff to have access to my educational records, disciplinary records, and all information contained in those records, maintained by Temple, or any other educational institution that I have attended.
I certify that the statements I have made on this Application Form are correct and agree to notify Temple University if I should fail to remain in good academic and/or disciplinary standing at Temple or if there is a change in circumstances which might compromise my success in studying abroad.
Applicant Signature: ____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGES LETTER OF REFERENCE
Name of Applicant: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Major: ________________________________________ Minor: ________________________________________
Reference Requested from: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Name Title Department
Please circle the exchange you are applying for: East Anglia Hamburg Tübingen Puerto Rico
I hereby authorize_______________________________________________________to complete this form and ask that the form be sent directly to International Programs, Temple University. I understand that this document will be used to evaluate my qualifications for the exchange program I have chosen and will be part of my application file. Under the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, I waive my right of access to this recommendation. [ ] Yes [ ] No
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To be completed by referee
1) How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
2) In evaluating the applicant, please give your opinion of his/her personal or professional qualifications for study abroad and promise of future growth. Please comment specifically on his/her academic preparation for the study he/she proposes to undertake and give your estimate of his/her ability to adjust to new and perhaps difficult living situations.
Signed: _________________________________________________ Date: ________________________________________
Title: _________________________________________________ Department: ________________________________
RETURN TO: International Programs (008-00), 200 Tuttleman, 1809 N. 13th Street, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGES LETTER OF REFERENCE
Name of Applicant: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Major: ________________________________________ Minor: ________________________________________
Reference Requested from: ________________________________________________________________________________________
Name Title Department
Please circle the exchange you are applying for: East Anglia Hamburg Tübingen Puerto Rico
I hereby authorize_______________________________________________________to complete this form and ask that the form be sent directly to International Programs, Temple University. I understand that this document will be used to evaluate my qualifications for the exchange program I have chosen and will be part of my application file. Under the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, I waive my right of access to this recommendation. [ ] Yes [ ] No
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To be completed by referee
1) How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
2) In evaluating the applicant, please give your opinion of his/her personal or professional qualifications for study abroad and promise of future growth. Please comment specifically on his/her academic preparation for the study he/she proposes to undertake and give your estimate of his/her ability to adjust to new and perhaps difficult living situations.
Signed: _________________________________________________ Date: ________________________________________
Title: _________________________________________________ Department: ________________________________
RETURN TO: International Programs (008-00), 200 Tuttleman, 1809 N. 13th Street, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE LANGUAGE EVALUATION FORM
TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT
Name of Applicant: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Major: ________________________________________ Minor: ________________________________________
Please circle the exchange you are applying for: Hamburg Tübingen Puerto Rico
How many years did you study German or Spanish in high school_______. Please provide titles and grades for all German or Spanish language courses taken at university level:
_____________________________________________ _____________________________________________
_____________________________________________ _____________________________________________
_____________________________________________ _____________________________________________
Language Evaluation Requested from: ________________________________________________________________________________
Name Title Department
TO BE COMPLETED BY LANGUAGE EVALUATOR
Please take into consideration that the applicant will be taking all courses in the language of the exchange university.
1. Please comment on the applicant's present language ability
Aural Comprehension:
____ None
____ Limited to slow, uncomplicated sentences
____ Understands simple conversation
____ Understands conversation on simple academic topics
____ Understands sophisticated discussion of academic topics
Speaking Ability:
____ None
____ Can only frame structurally simple, short phrases
____ Uses basic grammatical structure, speaking with limited vocabulary
____ Uses structural patterns, but not with consistent accuracy; can handle conversational subjects
____ Has control over structural patterns; can handle a wide range of conversational situations
Reading Ability:
____ None
____ Limited to simple vocabulary and sentence structure
____ Understands conventional topics and non-technical subjects
____ Understands materials whose content contains idioms and specialized terminology
____ Understands sophisticated materials
Writing Ability:
____ None
____ Writes simple sentences on conventional topics, with some errors in spelling and structure
____ Writes on academic topics with few errors in structure and spelling
____ Writes with idiomatic ease of expression and feeling for the style of the language
2. Indicate your opinion of the applicant's ability to complete university-level work in the language of the exchange university:
____ Should have no difficulty
____ Should be able to manage adequately after a short period of adjustment abroad
____ Should be able to manage adequately after some additional formal language training
____ Will require considerable training before necessary competence can be attained
3. Please feel free to add any additional comments:
Signed: _________________________________________________ Date: ________________________________________
Title: _________________________________________________ Department: ________________________________
RETURN TO: International Programs (008-00), 200 Tuttleman, 1809 N. 13th Street, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122

 

 

 
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