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*Universität Bonn

Bonn, Germany

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Founded almost 200 years ago, the university is considered one of Germany's and Europe's most important institutes of higher education. Home to nearly 29,000 German and international students, the University of Bonn is dedicated to high academic standards, and students have a wide variety of courses and research projects to work in during their program. For almost 50 years, Universität Bonn has provided students from more than 30 partner universities from around the world with the opportunity to study for either a semester or year in Bonn. The program, coordinated by the University's International Office offers a four week intensive orientation course prior to the semester commencement, a flexible program structure that caters to the needs and interests of students, and a structure which allows students to be completely integrated into the German education system. While studying at the University of Bonn, students can receive academic assistance through Study Buddies and Sprachtandems, and get involved with the International Club. Internships and volunteer opportunities through the International Club may also be available.



Within this tailor-made study abroad program, students can enroll in over 80 disciplines as well as in special German language courses. The university specializes in teaching German as a second language and works hard to include international students in university life. Course information is available from the International Office.

Academic credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your grade point average. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic advisers to get pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.


Host city and surrounding areas

As the former capital of West Germany, Bonn is a city not to be missed! Students have much to choose from in Beethoven’s birthplace, including more than 30 museums, dozens of theaters, and plenty of live music. Take in the sounds of Beethoven’s masterpieces and up and coming artists during Beethovenfest, which runs from late August until early October every year. If you are in Bonn in February, take part in the splendors of Carnival! Outdoorsy types have over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails around the city. You can take a boat tour around the Rhine or relax in the sun at Bonn’s 40-acre Rheinaue Leisure Park. The park is home to a massive flea market on the third Saturday of the month between April and October. Millions also converge on the park on the first Saturday in May for the “Rhine in Flames” fireworks spectacular. There is truly something for everyone!

Accommodations and meals

Universität Bonn's International Office takes care of formalities including accommodations. Students are either housed in a dormitory or shared apartment. There are a large number of dorms throughout the city and the style of dorm varies. For more information about specific dorms and shared apartments available, visit the Studentenwerk Bonn link on the University's


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Program Start Program End
Spring 2016 09/21/2015 03/02/2016 07/22/2016
Academic Year 2016/17 02/15/2016


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
      • Program confirmation and conditions of participation
      • Financial Planning Worksheet
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.
      • Application Certification
      • Essay
      • International Center scholarship application

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