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  • Locations: Freiburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: German Housing options: Residence Hall
Areas of study: Art, Art History, Culture, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Film, German, History, International Relations, Internships, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Theatre Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid Language level: German 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 8.25
Program Description:

Freiburg brochure
Freiburg - Language & Area Studies

Program Overview

Why Freiburg?
Tucked at the foot of the Black Forest, Freiburg is the quintessential southern German town, with its winding streets and historic architecture. It is also home to the Albert- Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, consistently rated one of the top universities in Germany. We invite you to study abroad in Freiburg, and to immerse yourself in student life and German language in this vibrant university town.

What You'll Study
Ideal for students interested in rapidly improving their German language skills, the Language & Area Studies Program offers you IES Abroad and university courses taught in German by distinguished local faculty. You can also participate in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

You can also enroll in courses at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg or other local academic institutions where you can experience the German education system  firsthand. Study International Education at Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg or perform with ensembles at the Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik. And you can participate in our language partner program to practice your German. Maybe you’ll even make some German friends while you’re at it!
Daily Life
Freiburg will be your classroom. Imagine studying German vocabulary and then going out to a local market to practice the words you’ve just learned, or discussing German theater and then seeing a local production that evening. Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historic, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include hands-on, practical components.

We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Call us at 800.995.2300

Academic Program
Pomona students enroll in five courses (16 IES credits) for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits. Students are required to enroll in an 
advanced German language course at the IES center (1.0 Pomona credit) and at least one course at a local university (0.75 Pomona credits). The remaining electives can be taken in a combination of IES center or local university courses (0.75 Pomona credits each).

Highly advanced students may substitute a German literature course for the language course.

Students may take only one IES course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the required German language course on a P/NC basis.

Note: Pomona allows students to study in Germany only in the spring semester because of the German academic calendar. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regular university courses. Students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the fall, but they will not be able to take university courses since most fall courses run through February.

Living Arrangements
Students live in German residence halls throughout the city, usually with a mix of German and international students.

Number of Students
IES enrolls approximately 75 students, selected from a national pool. 

Host Institutions
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Pädagogische Hochschule
Zeichen- und Malschule Georg Schell
Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg

Faculty Liaison
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher

  • Completion of advanced German (German 44), or the equivalent.
  • 8.25 GPA required.

Student Experiences
Read about student experiences on the IES Freiburg program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019 03/08/2019 TBA TBA