photo of Oldenburg, Germany

Carl von Ossietsky University, Intensive German Course

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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.

Students studying in Oldenburg for the summer will enroll in the Intensive Summer Course in according to German proficiency. Students will complete 100 hours of study in 4 weeks, earning them 4-6 UNC credits.

Visit the international student office at Carl Von Ossietzky.



Application Deadline for Summer: March 12
Summer Semester: July 20 - August 17, 2016


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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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.



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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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 the North Sea Coast, and to nearby towns etc. Participants will thus get a deeper understanding of Northern Germany.


Oldenburg will offer 100 hours of German instruction (25 hours per week). UNC students will receive 4-6 credits transferring for one or two of the following courses: German 201, 202, 301, 302, 311, or 312 subject to advisor approval.

Classes will run from 9-3pm every day.

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


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.


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.


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