Course Information

This page provides you with some helpful information concerning university courses and German courses for study abroad students, how to choose courses and what cultural program the International Office offers.

Academic Advising

Before the semester starts we hold an information session where we answer your questions about studying at the University of Bonn: how to choose classes, the registration process, etc.

Additionally we offer individual advising to help you with planning your course work.

When planning your class schedule, please make sure to take 12 to 18 hours per week.

For information about your transcript from the University of Bonn and the credit transfer, you can have a look here.

University Courses

Students can choose from all courses regularly offered at the University of Bonn, provided they have the necessary qualifications.

The university offers about 100 degree programs and a wide range of courses. The classes offered by our seven faculties encompass the entire range of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, and law.

The language of instruction is German but some departments also offer courses in English. All these courses can be found on “Basis”, the university’s online course description catalogue:

”Basis” also contains course overviews and contact information of all teachers, departments and other university institutions. You can also search for classes taught in other languages than German.

In order to register for university classes, you need to contact the respective professors directly during their office hours, via e-mail or in the first session. You will receive detailed information during academic advising.

Courses for Study Abroad Students

The International Office offers tailor-made German language classes on various levels for students of the Exchange and Junior Year Program only.

Classes are offered on specialized levels – from Intensive Courses in German for beginners and intermediate learners up to more specialized courses for advanced students. There are also specially designed interdisciplinary classes from areas of German culture and civilization:

  • Intensive German Language Courses:  basic to advanced
  • Text Production
  • Vocabulary Building and Conversation
  • Phonetics
  • German Culture and Civilization
  • Business German
  • German History
  • German Media
  • German Literature of the 19th and 20th Century
  • European Integration (taught in English)

    This course starts with the time right after the end of World War II. While Germany (mainly Western Germany before reunification) is at the center of this class it will focus on the European aspects of German Foreign Policy and international engagement. How did Germany develop from a pariah, devastated in two world wars, to a prosperous and respected member of the international community? What role did and does it play in the integration of Europe? How does it act on the global stage?
    The class will focus on West German Foreign Policy when applicable. There will be introductory presentations by students of 15-20 min. which will then be discussed. Readings will be assigned if necessary.
    Outline and suggested topics:
    The beginnings of German Foreign Policy – integration into the Western alliance after World War II (1945 - 1955)  
    The founding of WEU, NATO, ECSC, EAC, EEC  
    Franco-German Friendship as “engine” of a common European Policy (1950s and 60s)
    German Foreign Policy in the 1960s
    Making amends with Eastern Europe (Ostpolitik) – West Germany vis-àvis East Germany, Poland, Soviet Union etc. (1970s)  
    Peace and Anti-nuclear Movement and “Track Two” decision (1980s)
    German Reunification  (1989/90)
    The “new” German Foreign Policy since reunification (1990 -)
    The EU’s CFSP (1992 –  
    Germany and the U.S. (1945 –   
    Germany at the UN   
    Germany and Israel, a very special relationship  
    Germany’s (current) engagement abroad, esp. militarily, e.g. Afghanistan, Balkans
    The German Political Party System
    Suggested introductory Reading:
    Craig, Gordon: Germany 1945 - the Present, Oxford 1986
    Childs/Jeffrey: West Germany: Politics and Society, London 1981
    Gilbert, Mark: European Integration: A Concise History, Maryland, 2012
    Parkes, Stuart: Understanding Contemporary Germany: The Federal Republic of Germany, London 1997
    Rice/Zelikow: Germany unified and Europe transformed, London 1995
    The Oxford Handbook of the European Union, Oxford 2012
    Credits upon completion: 6 ECTS

You can register online for International Office courses shortly before the beginning of each semester. We send out detailed information regarding the registration via email.

Orientation Course

We offer a four-week orientation before semester starts. We prepare you in terms of language and culture for classes at the university and provide you with an introduction to German life.

The German language courses held throughout the semester are built upon the classes taught during the Orientation Course.

You can find more information on the Orientation Course here.

Cultural Program during the Semester

Aside from academic courses, the International Office offers you an extensive cultural program throughout your stay, including museum visits, regional trips, and a six-day excursion to Berlin.

These activities and excursions are specifically selected to cover various topics and eras of German history in order to help you understand and learn as much as possible about Germany, its history, its culture and society. 


Excursion to Aachen

Our trip will lead us to the old imperial city of Aachen, former imperial palace of Charles the Great und to the border of three countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.


Excursion to Heidelberg

Because of its fabulous location and the almost completely preserved city center in baroque style, the city is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Already in the 19th century many poets and thinkers of the Romantic Age were drawn to the city. Furthermore, the city offers a number of beautiful sights, e.g. the castle, historical buildings or the so-called Philosophenweg.



Excursion to Brühl

The two castles Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl belong to the most important rococo masterpieces in Germany. Likewise the baroque gardens are worth visiting.



Excursion to Cologne

The Cologne Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and had been finished in the 19th century. Its roof truss is made entirely of steel, the largest structural steelwork in the world until the Eiffel Tower was built. Above the rooftops of Cologne – in about 70 meters – you shouldn’t be afraid of heights!



Excursion to Berlin

Our 6-day-trip to Berlin is the highlight of your stay abroad!

We are going to visit well-known sights of the Second World War, Holocaust and Berlin’s occupation period, e.g. the Jewish Museum, the memorial site Berlin-Hohenschönhausen or the Brandenburg Gate. We will also spend a day in Potsdam, visiting the famous castle Sanssouci with its beautiful gardens and the historic city of Potsdam.

Boat tour on the river Rhein

"Eine Schifffahrt, die ist lustig..."


In hopefully wonderful weather we are going on a 3-hour boat tour on the river Rhein, along interesting cities and a beautiful landscape.


Germans love to barbecue in the summer. Therefore we would like to share a wonderful evening with you, with some good food, games and sunny weather.


Semester Opening Dinner

At the beginning of each semester we have a delicious Chinese buffet.


Christmas Dinner

In order to get you in the mood for Christmas, we would like to present you with a typically German Christmas dinner with goose, red cabbage and dumplings.
Additionally we would like to introduce you to another German Christmas tradition: the Secret Santa.
It is quite common to bring some small, lovely wrapped presents with you to Christmas celebrations and since no one knows whose present one will get, the surprise is even bigger.


Immerse Yourself into the German Culture

Really getting to know Germany is an important part of the study abroad experience. Bonn offers you various programs to meet German citizens, become acquainted with their culture, and expand your "Bonn experience":


Bonn Buddy-Program

A Bonn Buddy will help you to get along in Bonn and at the University during your first semester. Junior Year Program and direct exchange students can sign up for this program before their arrival in Bonn. Every participant will get an inivation email. For further information, please contact the Junior Year Team ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]).

These are some of the events in our Buddy Program:

  • Casino Evening
  • Karaoke
  • Minigolf
  • Picnic
  • Crafting Lanterns
  • Easter Customs


Sprachtandem (conversation partners)

If you want to improve your German language skills and at the same time teach your mother tongue to a German native speaker, you can post an advertisement to find a "Sprachtandem" partner on the  AStA's homepage.


International Club

Here you can find the program of events at the International Club



Preliminary time table for the Orientation Course

Here you can see the preliminary time table for the Orientation Course in September 2019. Please note that the time table is subject to change.


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