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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.

Sophia Babb, Mass Comm major, shares a day in her life while studying at Saarland University in Fall 2018.

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/TermAcademic Year 2019-2020Spring 2020
Arrival Date German Intensive Course:
September 1, 2019

All Academic Classes:
October 1, 2019
German Intensive Course:
March 1, 2020

All Academic Classes:
April 1, 2020
Classes Begin German Intensive Course:
September 13, 2019

All Academic Classes:
October 14, 2019
German Intensive Course:
March 7, 2020

All Academic Classes:
April 8, 2020
Classes End July 19, 2020July 19, 2020
Final ExamsEnd of February, 2020 & Early August, 2020Early August, 2020
Departure Date Early August, 2020Early August, 2020
Deadline to Apply April 1, 2019September 15, 2019
Entrance to Saarland University on a snowy day

Credits/Courses

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

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

Programs Taught in German:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology & Biophysics
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Theology
  • Language and Literature Studies
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Sports Science
  • European Studies (Certificate program)

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

View the full course catalog here.

Please Note:

An A2 level, or at least one year of German Language, is recommended for students in the Intensive German Language program. Absolute beginners will be accepted, however it will be very challenging.

A B1 level is required for Academic Courses. Students at this level must complete the intensive pre-semester German program. They are encouraged to take a mixture of Intensive German classes and academic courses taught in German.

Advanced German students may study all academic courses in German.

Accommodations

Students may choose to live in a dormitory or student apartment. Housing is guaranteed for all students who meet the deadlines. You can find housing application deadlines on the university's website.

Fees

Academic Year 2019-2020

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Saarland University:

  • Housing: $3000-5000
    (Note: Due to German rental law, students usually sign a 6-month lease contract.)
  • Housing deposit
  • Medical Insurance: $1300
  • Activity Fee: $60
  • Local transportation, included in enrollment fee: $500

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Airport transfer: The closest airports to Saarbrücken are Frankfurt, Luxembourg, and Paris.
  • Passport and visa fees
    (Note: for the visa application in Germany, a blocked account with an amount of $5100 for 6 months is required)
  • Meals: A meal plan is not offered, but students have kitchen facilities in their housing.
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Spring Semester 2020

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Saarland University:

  • Housing: $1500-2500
    (Note: Due to German rental law, students usually sign a 6-month lease contract.)
  • Housing deposit
  • Medical Insurance: $650
  • Activity Fee: $60
  • Local transportation, included in enrollment fee: $250

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Airport transfer: The closest airports to Saarbrücken are Frankfurt, Luxembourg, and Paris.
  • Passport and visa fees
    (Note: for the visa application in Germany, a blocked account with an amount of $5100 for 6 months is required)
  • Meals: A meal plan is not offered, but students have kitchen facilities in their housing.
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Eligibility

  • Must be 18 years of age at beginning of semester abroad
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Students with a 2.50 to 2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Good Standing at OCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal and State Aid typically apply
  • Most OCU scholarships apply
  • The German Government offers numerous scholarships. See DAAD.

Download a cost estimate 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