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Carl von Ossietsky University

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is located in Oldenburg, Germany. It was founded in 1973 and is home to over 80 academic programs. The University is named after pacifist and distinguished journalist Carl von Ossietzky. Ossietzky won a Nobel Peace prize while detained in a Nazi concentration camp. The university sets its mission in connection with the Ossietzky views about using science to improve the human condition. The campus is characterized by its open spaces, botanical gardens, and nature reserve.

Visit the international student office at Carl Von Ossietzky.



Fall Application Deadline (winter term): March 12
Fall Semester: view website

Spring Application Deadline (summer term): October 1
International Orientation: April 14-17
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

Click here for the most current exchange rate.

All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester, except housing which is calculated based on a mandatory 6-month lease term.

The Come to Oldenburg Grant may pay up to 2000 Euros to help subsidize your living expenses in Germany. Talk to a Study Abroad advisor to get an application form for this grant.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

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International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee



Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

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Fees paid to Oldenburg (public transport ticket)


Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,000 – $2,500

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

Students will receive a public transport ticket that allows them to travel freely within the region for 6 months. It is valid for all public transport in Oldenburg and Bremen, as well as for the regional trains to Hamburg, Hannover, and Osnarbrück.


Oldenburg is located in north western Germany near the border with the Netherlands and the North Sea. It has a history which spans more than 900 years. With a population of 160,000, the city is the perfect size to accommodate all the activities one would find in the big city with the slower pace of life, which can be found in a smaller town. The city is home to castles, trendy shops, bars, restaurants, theatres, museums, and night clubs. The bicycle is the preferred method of transportation within the city.

Click here for more information about Oldenburg
Click here for International Student information


During the application process to Oldenburg, students will elect to be partnered with an international buddy who will help students acclimate to life in Germany. The University of Oldenburg has several gyms and recreational facilities. The international club organizes several events throughout the year. More info.


Students can take courses in variety of subject areas including German Language, Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Education, Economics, Business, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science. Most of the courses are taught in German. Courses taught in English would include a selection of Business and Economics courses along with most courses in the English and Psychology department.

English department classes include courses in Literature, Cultural Studies specific to Britain and the U.S., linguistics, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. For complete course listings, visit here.

Click here for courses taught in English.

The Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg offers a three-week intensive German course before each semester starts. This consists of 100 contact hours, which transfers back as 6.66 UNC transfer credits. It is taught at the intermediate level and is not a beginner course. Click here for information about the course. Cost is 250 Euros for each course and successful completion of the intermediate course is worth 7 ECTS.

Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität uses the ECTS credit system. You will enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS credits a semester while abroad, which is equivalent to 12 UNC transfer credits. Individual courses can be worth anything from 3 and 10 ECTS points (1.5 - 5 UNC credits).

Language of Instruction

German, some English


To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC. This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

Students wishing to follow courses taught in German must have the equivalent of two years college German.


Student housing is available on campus and near the city center.

Students have three housing options at Oldenburg:

  • Studentenwohnheim/dormitory- up to 250 € / month
    • Exchange students are placed in single rooms that are fully furnished. Kitchen and bathrooms are shared. There are in-house laundry facilities.
  • Private Unterkinfz/ Private accommodations, shared flat- up to 350 € / month
  • Simmer im Haus einer Familie/Room in private house with family- up to 300 € / month

Important: All dorms and most private rooms must be paid for a full semester (6 months).


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and additional application for Carl Von Ossietzky University, which they should get from their Study Abroad Advisor.

If students only plan to study abroad for one semester, they must apply for Spring only since German semester do not align with UNC semesters.


Exchange students from non-EU countries require a residence permit to study in Germany. 

Students need to apply for a residence permit no later than two months before the expiration of their entry visa (if needed), or otherwise one month after arrival in the country. The international office in Oldenburg supports students with formalities concerning the Aliens’ Registration Office (Ausländerbüro), and organizes appointments for students. 

Once students receive their residence permit, they can work for 120 full days or 240 half days per year.