Engineering Exchange Program
at Offenburg University in Germany
The College of Engineering has established and exchange partnership with Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. Founded in 1964 as a "National School of Engineering," Offenburg University of Applied Sciences quickly established itself as a high-performance educational institution with a practical orientation. Today the university forms a thriving community, with more than 4,500 students on two campuses. Auburn students will be joined by students from other Alabama universities as part of this exchange program.
Students at Offenburg University benefit from the advantages of a more intimate campus environment - smaller classes, individual supervision and support by faculty and staff, hands-on teaching, and close integration with the regional economy. It enjoys consistently high rankings and as a reformed technical college has been awarded by the Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany. For more information about Offenburg University please visit the Offenburg University website.
- Auburn University mechanical engineering students entering the sixth semester of the curriculum model.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.
- 20 Sept 2019: Application deadline
- 7 Jan or 5 Feb 2020: Approximate arrival dates for optional German language course at Hermann-Hesse-Kolleg in Horb
- 9 March 2020: Approximate Offenburg University orientation start date for new incoming exchange students
- 16 March 2020: Approximate date classes begin
- 3 July 2020: Approximate date classes end
- 6 July – 28 July 2020: Approximate dates of exams
The courses for this exchange program have been carefully selected to align with the sixth semester of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum model. Four courses have been pre-approved for ME students to take; students will take three or all four. Courses will be taught in English. Select the following document to find information about pre-approved courses offered on this program: EN.Offenburg.PreApproved.Courses.pdf.
In addition to the exchange program, German language courses are offered at Hermann-Hesse-Kolleg in Horb, Germany, prior to the start of courses at Offenburg University for an additional cost. An 8-week course or a 4-week course is offered focusing on German language training as well as guided tours to local areas and homestay accommodation with a German host. It is recommended that students take at least the 4-week course.
Students would also be expected to take a course on German Culture and Society to round out the foreign study experience. Download a copy of the Culture and Society Course Description.pdf
Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student equal to 12 hours (based on their residency status) for semester programs.The student will be enrolled in the Auburn Exchange Course (UNIV 3000) while abroad. Students will not pay tuition to the host university but may pay other fees and are also responsible for their meals, books, housing, and airfare. Auburn students will also pay for the International Emergency Travel Insurance for the duration of their program abroad.
Download a copy of the EN.Offenburg.Budget.pdf
Scholarship: The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students
Costs for the optional German language course in Horb are not included in the exchange program expenses. If participating in the German language courses, the costs are as follows:
- 8-week course from Jan 8 - Feb 28: 1,900 Euro for the course and 1,100 Euro for accommodation.
- 4-week course from Feb 5 - Feb 28: 950 Euro for the course and 550 Euro for accommodation.
Students will be fully assisted with finding housing in Offenburg. Depending on capacity, students will be placed in a student residence or in private housing. For specific details, visit the Accommodation Information webpage.
Located in the Black Forest region of the Baden-Wurttemburg state of Germany, Offenburg takes pride in its historical city center with baroque scenery, various hiking and cycling trails, and a variety of cultural events. Historical sites are abundant around town, blending Offenburg’s past with modern German culture. Nearby cities such as Strasbourg (France) and Freiburg are a quick train ride away, and further travel opportunities within Europe are easily accessible.
A variety of activities and excursions are offered by Offenburg University to connect students to the local German and international communities at the school. An international buddy program has been established to help all incoming students with the transition to living in Germany and to meet fellow students.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- U.S. Citizens with a valid passport traveling to Germany for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter Germany.
- U.S. Citizens staying longer than 90 days will need to obtain a student visa (semester study will require a visa).
- Students must work directly with the German Consulate in Atlanta, GA, to obtain visa and receive for more information regarding application process, forms, and appointment scheduling.
- Non-U.S. Citizens must check on visa requirements for visits of any duration in Germany.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Contact either of the Faculty Directors listed at the top of this page.
- Visit the Offenburg University Incoming Students webpage.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:
“The best way I can describe Auburn: it became my home away from home… I’ve only spent one semester at Auburn but the experiences and friendships I made over here are so unique and irreplaceable. I’m grateful for the opportunity to become an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!”
-Sandra Dieterle, exchange student from Offenburg University