Heidelberg is one of Germany's most beautiful cities, known for its friendly, relaxed approach to life. It is also the classic German student city -- with a wide range of cultural activities such as theater, dance and music, and all types of shops, pubs and sports facilities. Heidelberg is on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany -- one of the sunniest and warmest corners of the country.
At the University of Heidelberg -- Germany's oldest university -- you will find yourself developing an independent and self-reliant attitude toward learning. Your classes will give you a new outlook on your chosen academic discipline and will broaden your understanding of European history and cultures.
Heidelberg Study Center
The program is administered by the American Junior Year at Heidelberg College in Ohio in cooperation with Saint Louis University.
Since all instruction is in German, your language proficiency will increase rapidly. You will discover how these new language skills allow you to assimilate German life and culture in a way that would be impossible to experience otherwise.
You can come to Heidelberg for a full academic year or for just one semester. Regardless of your major, the program staff will help you tailor a course of studies to fit your individual interests and needs.
In the AJY Year study center, located on Universitätsplatz in the heart of the old city, you can relax with friends between classes, watch television or read newspapers, use computers for term papers or homework assignments, cook in the kitchen -- everything, of course, auf Deutsch!
In your dorm you will learn the language and culture you cannot learn from a textbook. Rather than placing you with other Americans, AJY housing is spread out across Heidelberg. You will live in a dormitory or in a shared apartment (Wohngemeinschaft) with German students. This enables you to speak German informally with your neighbors -- before that first cup of coffee until the last late-night chat.
All dorm rooms are fully equipped and have access to a shared kitchen and shared bath facilities. Most rooms are singles, and housing is usually centrally located, requiring only a short walk or bus ride to classes or other activities. Your room will be available from the day the group arrives in Heidelberg for the duration of your enrollment in the program.
Since all rooms have access to cooking facilities, many students cook occasional meals with fellow students in their apartments or dorms.
Upon arrival, student take a four week preliminary course. Shortly before the start of the University of Heidelberg semester, a German Language Proficiency exam is administered to all incoming foreign students.
All instruction is in German. You may take courses at the University of Heidelberg and at the American Junior Year Student Center. Course offerings at the university cover a wide range of topics. An official university catalog is published shortly before the start of each semester. Because course offerings fluctuate and there is no guarantee that a course will be given in any given semester, you should plan to take as many required courses on your home campus before and after your stay at the University of Heidelberg. Learn more about course offerings here.
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information link.