Study Abroad in Oldenburg, Germany
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities. Its goal is to find answers to the major challenges society faces in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research. The University is preparing over 13,700 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, and the natural sciences, as well as new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.
Oldenburg is an independent city in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany. During the French annexation (1811–1813) in the wake of the Napoleonic war against Britain, it was also known as Le Vieux-Bourg in French. The city is situated at the Rivers Hunte and Haaren, in the northwestern region between the cities of Bremen in the east and Groningen (Netherlands) in the west. It has a population of roughly 160,000.
Activities & Excursions
The International Student Office, together with other university bodies, organizes a variety of excursions, trips, parties, and cultural events. During the semester, events can include dinners, karaoke, and game nights, as well as group sightseeing trips.
Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad Application. If selected, the student will then need to complete an admissions application for Carl von Ossietzky University.
- Spring Deadline: September 29
- Spring/Summer Term: April - September
- Fall Deadline: March 12
- Fall/Winter Term: October - March
Exchange students can choose from the entire list of modules on offer. Carl von Ossietzky University offers modules and individual seminars in various courses of study in English.
Moreover, the University also offers a study program specially designed for international exchange students: European Studies in Global Perspectives (EuGl)
Students will register for courses after they complete the application for Carl von Ossietzky University.
Those students intending to take subject courses in German will need to provide proof to the University that they have a minimum level of B1 (CEFR), or the equivalent, German language ability.
Language of Instruction
Carl von Ossietzky University uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). With this system, 6 ECTS credits is typically equivalent to 3 UNC credit hours. Students will likely take between 24-30 ECTS during one term at Ossietzky University, which is roughly equivalent to 12-15 credit hours.
German universities grade on a scale of 1 - 5; 1 is the highest, while 5 is failing.
International Orientation is held the week before lectures begin. During this time, you will be able to become familiar with the university, as well as take care of important matters like enrolling in classes and registering as a resident of Oldenburg.
Carl von Ossietzky University has 2 separate terms, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
March - July October - February
To be eligible to apply, students must:
have at least a 2.5 GPA
have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC
This program is open to students of all majors.
There are a limited number of spaces available each year.
Students may apply for Spring/Summer term only. Students interested in applying for a full academic year, please contact the Study Abroad Office.