photo of Oldenburg, Germany

Study Abroad this Summer at 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.


Click here for more information about Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Visit the international student office at Carl Von Ossietzky.

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Dates


Application Deadline for Summer: March 12
Summer Semester: July 23 - August 20, 2014

Costs


Students will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in Germany. Click here for the most current exchange rate. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change.

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Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees

$1,750

International Health Insurance

$34

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

$300

TOTAL Program Fee

$2,084

 

Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing

$290

Airfare

$1,800

Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

$185

In-country Health Insurance

$89

Texts/Course Materials

$150

Essential Daily Living Expenses (food, incidentals)

$1000

TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$3,514

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

$350-600

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.  Not 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.

 

Location


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.

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Activities


Intensive German language course with approximately 100 hours of instruction by local professional teachers and graduate instructors who are native speakers of German with experience in language teaching. Most work in the classroom will consist of small-group instruction (12–15 students maximum). The course will focus on the standard use of spoken and written German and on cultural features of modern German society. Attention will be paid to developing all four skills: speaking,reading, listening and writing.

Local excursions will be offered weekly as an integrated part of the academic program. These will
feature a city tour of Oldenburg and Bremen, to a Frisian island, to nearby towns etc. Participants will thus get a deeper understanding of Northern Germany.

Courses


Oldenburg will offer 100 hours of German instruction (25 hours per week). UNC students will receive 6.66 credits transferring for two of the following courses: German 201, 202, 301, 302, 311, or 312.

Classes will run from 9-3pm every day.

Language of Instruction


German

Eligibility


This program is open to students who have completed GER 202 or have equivalent German proficiency.

Housing


Students will be assigned a single furnished room in one of the university dormitories for the time of your stay. Sheets and linen will be provided. Please bring your own towels. There’ll be cooking facilities, washing machines and tumble dryers in the dorms.

If you don‘t like cooking you can eat very inexpensively in the university cafeteria. (Full lunch from 2 Euros). Students can purchase groceries and cook for themselves or get a meal at one of the dining halls located on campus. The dining halls focus on using fresh and regional produce and meats. The dining halls have won several national awards for their use of organic products.


Application


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Students meeting the minimum requirements will be selected to participate. If selected, the student will need to complete an admissions application for Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, which they will receive from their Study Abroad Advisor.


Visa


U.S. students do not need to apply for a visa advance. They may get a student visa once they have arrived in Germany.

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