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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.

Learn more about Student Activities

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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)

Course Registration

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

  • German
  • English

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.


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.

  • Visa

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

    Students need to apply for a residence permit during their first week in the country. The International Student Office at Ossietzky University 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.

    Learn more about visas

  • 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.

    All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

    The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg may have grants available for international exchange students. This varies from year to year, depending on their funds/budget. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for information about the year you intend to study abroad.

  • Housing & Meals

    After students receive their acceptance letter from Ossietzky University, they can make accommodation arrangements. Students have the the option of living in a student residence or a privately rented room/apartment.

    The Studentenwerk Oldenburg can also help international students find accommodations, whether student residence or private.

    Ossietzky University does not provide meal plans. However, the Studentenwerk Oldenburg operates several dining halls, cafes, and cafeterias on the university campuses where students can purchase a variety of food options, including vegetarian and vegan dishes.

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The below 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.

    Housing & Meals

    $3,000 - $5,000



    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance


    Miscellaneous fee (to host university)


    Test/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)
    Total Estimated Expenses
    $7,420 - $9,420
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)