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Germany Exchanges

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hAMBURG

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Hamburg Stipend

Application Procedures

 

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.

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

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.

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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 who want to "brush up" on their German language skills. The cost for instruction is Euro 1,515 or approximately U.S. $2,000.

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 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 & 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.

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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
Books & Supplies $300
German Health Insurance (Required) $300
Estimated Airfare $900
University Fee $250
Personal and Miscellaneous $1000

 

Students should budget additional funds for the intensive German language and orientation program ($2000), 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 Education Abroad office. All candidates are interviewed by a Temple University faculty committee.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Students are selected for the exchange on the basis of their academic record and a personal interview. To be considered, students should 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 junior-year status by the time they begin their study at Hamburg. Students must complete Temple's German Exchange Application Form, and submit two academic references, transcripts for all university- work completed and a German language evaluation report. One of the references should be from a faculty member in your major. The application deadline for academic year, fall or spring study and the stipend application is March 1.  Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to the Education Abroad Office.

 

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TüBINGEN

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Through a reciprocal exchange agreement with Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, 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.

Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, 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. Johnannes Kepler studied here in 1587; other members included the poets Holderin, Hauff, and Morike 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's web site: www.uni-tuebingen.de.

Tübingen is situated in southeastern Germany, 40 kilometers south of Stuttgart in the State (Land) of Baden Wurttenberg. 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, Holderlin Tower and Castle Hohentubingen. 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.

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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 & ORIENTATION

A five-week intensive German language and orientation program, Deutsch Kompakt is offered by the University of Tübingen prior to the start of classes for students who want to "brush up" on their German language skills. One week of the program is spent at the University's study center in Blaubeuren, approximately 180 km from Tübingen. The cost is 795 Euros, or approximately $1000 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. Former participants highly recommend this program for both its German language preparation and its orientation to the University and Germany. Another option is the START course, which is a less-intensive, 2-3 week program that costs 75 Euros. 

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 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.

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LIVING EXPENSES 

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the German Academic Exchange Service, recommends that students have available 600 Euros per month ($800 at 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
Food $1000
Books & Supplies $300
German Health Insurance (Required) $300
Estimated Airfare $900
Personal Expenses $800

 

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 should 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 junior-year status by the time they begin their study at Tübingen. Students must complete the Temple Exchange Application Form and submit two academic references and transcripts for all university work completed, in addition to a German Language Evaluation Report. One of the references should be from a faculty member in your major.

The application deadline for academic year, fall or spring study is March 1.

Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to the Education Abroad Office.