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Semester in Germany

Saarland University

About the Program

History and Profile: Transcending boundaries is a hallmark of Saarland University — whether geographical borders, cultural boundaries, barriers between academic disciplines, or outmoded divisions between academia and economic and cultural life. Founded in 1948, Saarland University was originally established as a bilingual university that combined French and German educational traditions while offering a unique European perspective. Nowadays with more than 3,000 students from more than 120 countries, Saarland University offers a real international learning environment.

Combining top-quality research with excellence in teaching Informatics, nanotechnology, biosciences and Europe are the key disciplines that are shaping the university's profile. The outstanding reputation of the Department of Computer Science was underscored in the national academic excellence initiative, and the numerous internationally recognized, externally funded research projects across all fields of academic study highlight the quality of the academic work being performed at Saarland University.

The university has developed an outstanding profile in new technologies such as informatics, the biosciences or nanotechnologies—a fact that has led to the establishment of numerous spin-off companies now active on and around campus. These developments highlight the university's role as one of the largest employers in the region and its importance in promoting the transfer of technology and knowledge to the entire region.

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Quick Facts

• Total Enrollment: 16,000

• 20 percent of Saarland University students are international

• The top programs at Saarland University include

Computer Science (German Excellence Initiative 2007 and 2012), Bio and Nano Sciences, Cultural Studies with European focus

• The university boasts outstanding research institutes

• Due to its history and proximity to France, the city of Saarbrücken includes a mixture of German and French culture and language.

Dates/TermFall 2018Spring 2019
Arrival Date September 1, 2018 for German intensive course onlyMarch 1, 2019
Classes Begin September 14, 2018 March 7, 2019 (Intensive German Program)
April 8, 2019 (Courses in other disciplines)
Classes End December 21, 2018 Mid July, 2019
Final Exams December 21, 2018 Early August, 2019
Departure Date December 22, 2018 Late July to early August, 2019
Deadline to Apply June 1, 2018 November 1, 2018
Entrance to Saarland University on a snowy day
Credits/Courses

Students earn 12 to 15 OKCU credits for a semester at Saarland University.

Students able to study in German or French may select from the full curriculum of the university. Students not ready to study in German or French may enroll in a semester-long intensive German or French program and may enroll in courses taught in English in the English Department.

Programs Taught in German:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology and Biophysics
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theology

For information about academic courses taught in French or English, consult with your study abroad advisor.


Accommodations

Students may choose to live in a dormitory or student apartment. Housing is guaranteed for all students who meet the deadlines.

Fees

Fall 2018

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $1500 to $2500 per semester (6 months) Note: students who opt for the fall Intensive language program may have to pay the full 6-month lease for housing
  • Meals: $1600 to $2000 for 4 months
  • Activity fee: $60
  • Medical Insurance: $650
  • Airport pick-up is not included and varies depending on selected arrival airport
  • Other local transportation: $150 (student transport pass)
  • Passport and visa fees

Spring 2019

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $1500 to $2500 per semester (6 months) Note: students who opt for the fall Intensive language program may have to pay the full 6-month lease for housing

  • Meals: $1500 to $2500 for 6 months--varies by student
  • Activity fee: $60
  • Medical Insurance: $650
  • Airport pick-up is not included and varies depending on selected arrival airport
  • Other local transportation: $150 (student transport pass)
  • Passport and visa fees

Download budget template to determine what a semester in Saarbrücken will cost you.

Eligibility
  • Must be 18 years of age at beginning of semester abroad
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • At least one year of German language study or the equivalent (A2 level) is recommended for the intensive German Language Program; however, beginners will be accepted. B1 level is required for academic courses. Students at this level must complete the intensive pre-semester German program and are encouraged to take a mix of Intensive German courses and academic content courses in German throughout the semester. Students with higher German, may study all academic content courses in German.
  • Good Standing at OKCU
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Federal and State Aid typically applies
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply
  • The German Government offers numerous scholarships. See DAAD.

Download budget template to determine what a semester in Saarbrücken will cost you.

Contacts at Saarland University

Primary Student Contact: Mr. Wolfgang Heintz w.heintz@io.uni-saarland.de

Website: www.uni-saarland.de/overseas

Phone: +49 681 302 71105

Contact the Office of Global Engagement

studyabroad@okcu.edu

405-208-5259 or 405-208-5270

Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438