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You are viewing a “brochure page” for a specific WSU affiliated program. Use the information and links below to learn more about this program, please note that links may take you to external websites.

To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Foreign Language Only
Click here for a definition of this term Language Interest: German Click here for a definition of this term Academic Focus: Agricultural Sciences, Communication, Computer Technologies, Fine Arts, Art History, History, Literature, Philosophy, Language and Culture, Math, Performing Arts, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Program Type: Exchange Type of Exchange: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Additional Info/Reqs: 2 or more semesters of college-level German language required.
Program Description:



Ex - U Bonn, Title

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (University of Bonn) was founded in 1818. With a student body of about 37,000, the University is one of Germany's largest academic institutions and with about 4,800 foreign students from all over the world also one of the most internationally oriented. A wide range of course offerings, an outstanding reputation in teaching and research and a unique location make the University an especially attractive place to study and considered to be one of Germany's and indeed Europe's most important institutes of higher education.

About 70 years of tradition and experience going into the University of Bonn's immersion study abroad program. Students may expect to be supported by the full range of student services included academic guidance, intercultural experience, counseling, and registration assistance. The university language proficiency requirement for foreign students is waived for program students and they can take advantage of the program's flexible structure by choosing from language and focused classes for international students as well as the full course catalog of the University of Bonn. The International Office also offers extensive cultural programing as well as various other programs to ensure cultural immersion during the semester.

Exchange Dates:
  • Academic Year:  September - July
  • Fall Term:  September - February
  • Spring Term:  March - July
Students interested in studying at the University of Bonn are encouraged to either attend for a full academic year OR the spring term.  Fall semester only exchanges are not advised as they will continue into the WSU spring term.

Exchange Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the exchange.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Have completed 1 year of university study.
  • Some German language background recommended, preferably the 204 level.
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Exchange Cost Estimates:

Exchange costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for your desired term click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

Academic Year
Spring or Fall Semester

Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the exchange application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this exchange. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status, term selected, and number of credits listed on the host institution transcript at the end of an exchange.  Tuition listed for Academic/Calendar Year and Fall/Spring term exchanges represent 12-18 credits.  During the Summer term tuition is calculated at the same rate for In-State and Out-of-State resident students based on the number of credits earned.  Information regarding tuition for each term and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for Academic Year Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $10,510 Room & Board $6,766
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $25,088 Personal Expenses $2,600
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,865
International Insurance Fee $548 Books and Supplies $1,025
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $85
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $11,212 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $12,481
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $25,590    
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (In-State):           $23,693
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (Out-of-State):   $38,071

Cost Estimate for a Single Semester Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $5,255 Room & Board $3,383
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,544 Personal Expenses $1,300
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,865
International Insurance Fee $246 Books and Supplies $512
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $85
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,621 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $7,285
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,910    
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (In-State):           $12,906
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):   $20,195

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country-specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




University Course Catalog:

University of Bonn Course Catalog

When searching for courses the term WiSe indicates Winter and is considered the WSU Fall term, and SoSe is Summer and matches with the WSU Spring term.  Students looking for courses taught in English should be sure to select 'englisch' for the language of instruction. 

It is recommended students have some German language background in order to be successful while studying at the University of Bonn.

Academic Offerings:

Agriculture, Art History, Biology, Celtic Studies, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, English, Folklore Studies, Food & Home Economics, Food Technology, Geodesy, Geography, German, History, Language Studies, Linguistics, Math, Media Science, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Musicology, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages, Literature and more.


Restrictions listed here (if applicable)

Grades and GPA:

The University of Bonn uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), below is an approximate conversion for credits using the ECTS system:

5 ECTS = 2.5 WSU Credits (rounded up to 3)

Grades and credits function differently at institutions around the world. Ensure you are taking at least 12 WSU credits worth of coursework per semester or 6 WSU credits for a summer exchange.

Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.


Destination Details

Site Description

Bonn, the former Federal Capital of Germany, is located on the Rhine and a center for the Rhineland's way of life, art and culture. The city celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of its founding as a Roman settlement in 1989. It is Germany's UN city with its 19 UN Agencies and has approximately 150 international organizations.

Known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, Bonn has sprawling parks and woods for rest and relaxation. This metropolitan area with international authority is moving in new directions. Bonn is culturally rich and historically vibrant while being a leading city for science and research. Numerous cultural activities exist as Bonn has many museums and fascinating places to visit. The birthplace of Beethoven has a beautiful historic town center with daily open market introducing great places to shop with an urban flair or small exclusive shops and boutiques. Cozy wine bars and inviting cafes can be found throughout the city, offering something for everyone.

Accommodation Information

Students have the option of staying in university dorms, some have an ensuite with shower and kitchenette. A lease for these dorms must be signed following arrival and the first month's rent and deposit of two months rent must be paid when signing the lease with either cash or credit card. Most dorms include bedding for which students will be charged a service fee, few dorms do not include bedding in the monthly rent, but can be ordered for purchase prior to arrival. All dorms do offer a Welcome Package with the most common necessities for purchase. Meals are not included in the housing contract for university dorms, but students are free to visit the cafeteria which costs about 2-3 Euro's per meal.

Students are allowed to find private accommodation off campus via online resources or local newspapers, but this is option is not recommended as it is generally very expensive and hard to find.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Germany does not require a visa for U.S. citizens prior to arrival, but students will apply for a residence permit within the first three months in Germany.  Students will need to provide proof of adequate insurance and should expect to purchase additional insurance upon arrival. Estimated cost of insurance is included in visa fee listed on Cost tab.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Country specific scholarships include: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 11/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.