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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Enrollment Restrictions:
For courses in English, conversation skills suggested., For courses in German, 2 semesters college level German.
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Only fifty years old, the high-tech University of Constance stands in stark contrast with the quaint, tranquil lakeside town in which it is located
  • Take courses in German or English in a variety of fields, all taught by the University of Constance’s award winning faculty
  • Make friends from all over Germany and enjoy your time studying on the pristine campus lawns, the bordering woods or by the beautiful lakeside
Your Host City: Constance
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.

Preliminary Program
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.

Academic Calendar
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.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad  Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad 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.