University of Constance
Constance, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Constance, which sits on a peninsula in Lake Constance, is in the Bodensee region of Germany and borders Switzerland and the Rhine River. The Bodensee region is known as a year-round resort for boating, swimming, hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing. The city itself is a picturesque city with medieval structures, historic landmarks and postcard perfect plazas. In Constance, students, locals and tourists alike enjoy the traditional biergartens, where you sample local brands and dine under chestnut trees.
The idea of taking courses in German at a German university can be daunting. All international students are required to participate in a preliminary language program. You will arrive in Constance about a month before university classes begin. During this time, you will take an Intensive German language course (6 ECTS) at the appropriate level. The course is taught by faculty from the University of Constance and is designed to help you become acquainted with the local accents and rapidity of speech, as well as with the way German professors conduct class.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Constance website. When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. Courses in English can be found here.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the University of Constance and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the University of Constance. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Spring Semester: Early March – Late July (Sommersemester)
Academic Year: Early September – Late July
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Seezeit is the central student housing organization that manages University of Constance student residence housing. Housing varies from single to double rooms depending on the residence hall. Rents range from 150 Euros per month to 400 Euros per month. You will have access to kitchen facilities in your residence, so you can cook for yourself. Your residence will have a refrigerator, stove-top, microwave, and food storage areas. In the past, many of our students have chosen to stay at the EuropaHaus, but the choice is yours. Also, please note that all apartments are co-ed, but with single rooms.
For more information, please visit the Seezeit website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Marlene Piskorik Thywissen Memorial Scholarhsip for Study in a European Country- Available to Douglas College students only. For more information please visit Rutgers Study Abroad Scholarships web page.
DAAD Undergraduate Awards- Available to students studying in Germany. For more information please visit the DAAD website.
German Alumnae Prize for Study in Germany- Available to Douglas College students only. For more information please visit Rutgers Study Abroad Scholarships web page.
Lillian Rodig Prize for a Year of Study in Germany- Available to Douglas College students only. Please contact the German department directly. For more information please visit the Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures web page.
Schlimbach German Alumnae Scholarship for Study in Germany- Available to Douglas College students only. For more information please visit Rutgers Study Abroad Scholarships web page.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.