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Karlsruhe University of Education

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

Karlsruhe University of Education is a relatively small and friendly institution specializing in the training of K-12 teachers. It was founded as a normal school in 1768 and now boasts a student population of approximately 2500. The campus is spread among several academic buildings with a lot of open space creating a tranquil and relaxed environment for study. UNC students participating in this program are eligible for the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, which covers more than half of one’s monthly living expenses.

Click here for the international office website at Karlsruhe.


Dates


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: October 17, 2012-Febuary 17, 2013 (estimated dates)

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: April 8, 2012-July 26, 2014 (estimated dates)


Costs


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 a mandatory 6-month lease term.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees

$4,000

International Health Insurance

$265

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

$300

TOTAL Program Fee

$4,565

 

Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing

$2,000

Airfare

$1,200

Fees paid to UAS (public transport ticket)

$310

In-country health insurance

$500

Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

$220

Texts/Course Materials

$150

Essential Daily Living Expenses

$4,000

TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$8,380

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

$8,000 – $2,000

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. 

 

Location


Karlsruhe is located in Southwestern Germany. The city with 250,000 inhabitants offers a wide range of recreational, cultural, and night-life opportunities. The city is centered around a baroque era palace. Streets run circular around the palace and then in rays from the palace. The city has several beautiful parks as well as curious structures such as a miniature pyramid near the city center. The streetcar and train system gives easy access to the Black Forest, Alsace (in France), nearby cities like Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Strasbourg (France), and Freiburg.

Activities


Students will be paired with a German buddy who will aid with arrival and help orient students to the city and life in Germany. Once in Karlsruhe, there are a variety of student clubs and organizations available to foreign students, including International Club.

Courses


An intensive German course if offered preceding each semester. The Karlsruhe University of Education, offers a wide range of courses. Courses available in English include: Literature, Linguistics, Area Studies, and TESL.

Click here for a listing of courses in Karlsruhe.

Observations in schools is available, along with the change to teach English actively in grates 1-4, 5-9/10.

Karlsruhe 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.

Language of Instruction


German all year and English in the Spring Semester

Eligibility


To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC. This program is open to all majors. UNC has 4-5 spots available each semester to send to Karlsruhe. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

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.

Housing and Meals


Karlsruhe University of Education will assist students in finding accommodations in privately owned student residences within walking distance of the campus. The student residences are furnished. Students will have a private room with a shared living space. Students may purchase meals or snacks at campus cafeterias and bistros. Students may purchase a card similar to the UNC student ID, which can be prepaid to use at campus eateries. Student may also purchase groceries and cook for themselves.

Application


Students must first complete the UNC application for exchange. 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 Karlsruhe University of Education.


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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