Global Exchange Program

Courses and Semester Calendar

Global Exchange Program participants can select from a variety of courses in Bonn. Depending on their interests, they can opt to study abroad for either one or two semesters.

Courses

As part of the Global Exchange Program, students can choose from a wide range of courses offered at the University of Bonn. It is recommended that students enroll in between 12 and 18 hours of contact per week during the semester (course units per week).

University Courses

The University offers over 200 degree programs, broken down into a wide spectrum of individual courses. The courses offered by our seven faculties cover the fields of humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences.

The language of instruction is German, although some faculties also offer courses in English. All courses can be found on BASIS, the online course catalog for the University of Bonn. BASIS contains course overviews and contact data for the instructors, faculties and other university institutions. From there you can also search for courses in various languages.

To register for university courses, you must be enrolled and possess a Uni-ID and student ID number to log in to BASIS. If this is not the case by the start of the semester, then please contact the instructor (in person during office hours or by email) to register.

Courses for International Students

German Courses

The International Office offers various levels of German language instruction for international students. Global Exchange Program students can take an ‘everyday German course’ (A1.1 to B2.2 level) and up to 3 special topic courses during the semester.

The English-language “Germany in a Global Context” Seminar Series

In addition, we also offer an English language course series entitled “Germany in a Global Context.” The series is designed to offer international bachelor’s students more courses held in English, providing substantiated insights into the structures in your host country Germany. Topics of discussion will not only be the political structures in Europe and Germany but also its societies, cultures, economies and legal systems.

Orientation Weeks

We offer three-week orientation weeks at the beginning of semester (March/ September). The orientation weeks help prepare you to begin your semester smoothly. The three weeks include an intensive German course and a diverse cultural program to improve your knowledge of German and familiarity with Bonn.

You can register for the orientation weeks when you apply for the program. It is an optional, fee-based offering.


Studying in Bonn

Before the semester begins, a variety of events during the Welcome Days can help you adjust to your new surroundings. There you will receive a wide range of information about the culture of studying in Germany, how to register for courses and how to use important digital university services.


Transcript

Once the semester is finished, all program students have the option to receive a copy of their official transcript from the relevant Examination Office. By request, the International Office can send an official transcript to your home university. The certificate contains the following information about all courses:

  • Title of course
  • Number of hours of teaching
  • ECTS credit points
  • Grade
  • Grading scale

With the exception of the course title, which is always shown in the original language, the certificate will be issued in English — no translations into other languages are possible.

We recommend that you clarify all questions about grades, credit points and recognition of successfully completed courses with your home university well in advance. Recognition and awarding of credit points and grades is reserved for the home universities.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standardized system for comparing learning accomplishments and hours of work for students in the European Union. ECTS credit points are only assigned once the course is completed, all requirements have been satisfied and the examination has been passed. At the University of Bonn, students receive 60 ECTS credit points per academic year. That corresponds to roughly 1,800 hours, meaning 1 ECTS credit points is equivalent to 30 hours (including hours of instruction, preparation and follow-up work, group work and examination preparations). ECTS credit points are awarded for each course (such as lecture, seminar) and successful achievement (such as examination, presentation, term paper).


Semester Calendar

The academic year at the University of Bonn is split into a summer semester and a winter semester. The winter semester officially begins on October 01 and ends on March 31, while the summer semester runs from April 01 until September 30. The lecture period runs from early/ mid-October until early February (winter semester) and from mid-April to mid/ late-July (summer semester). The semester break — known officially as the ‘vorlesungsfreie Zeit’ (period without lectures) — is used to compose term papers and presentations, to prepare for examinations and to take part in internships.

Key dates for winter semester 2021/22

If you have secured a room in a dormitory, please note that you may move into the dormitory only during the working hours of Faculty Services. Please contact Faculty Services directly if you need to request an exception to this rule.

Intensive German course

  • Duration: 3 weeks (Monday to Thursday), 56 units of instruction
  • Course fees: € 250

Preparation for studying in Bonn

  • Including enrollment, registering with the residents' registration office, health insurance, bank accounts
  • Information events
  • Social Events (such as city rally, excursions, quiz night)

Lecture period from October 11, 2021 — January 28, 2022

As part of the Welcome Days, international students are provided with important information about their studies and stay abroad in Bonn. The offerings include a variety of information and social events.

If you have a room in a dormitory, this is the last possible move-out date.

Move-out from dormitories must be conducted during the hours of operation for Faculty Services. Please contact Faculty Services directly if you need to request an exception to this rule.


Contact

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Dr. Manuela Meraner

Global Exchange Program (Incoming)

1.001

Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-60493

Office Hours

  • Tuesdays (on site)
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Thursdays (via Zoom)
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Also see

Germany in a Global Context

The Seminar Series offers international exchange and program students an English-language curriculum.

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Campus International

The Campus International program seeks to promote greater intercultural exchange at the University of Bonn.

Welcome Days 

As part of the Welcome Days for international students, you will receive information and tips about your study abroad in Bonn.

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