University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE

International Universities
Hessen Student Exchange, Germany

Locations: Kassel, Frankfurt, Fulda, Marburg, and Giessen in the state of Hessen - Germany
Dates: Winter interim and summer
Courses: social sciences, sciences and business
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, Radford 304, 920-424-0909 (German language)
Contact: abroad@uwosh.edu (all courses except German language)

Hessen Outbound Student Guide

International Summer Universities (ISU's) and International Winter Universities (IWU's) attract an international student population, offer subjects taught in English and include intensive German language. In addition to coursework, all ISU's and IWU's offer an impressive cultural program, complete with excursions, sight-seeing tours, guest lectures and/or social events.

Ben Ditter shares his experience at Philipps-Universitat Marburg.

Special Needs:

--ISU Marburg is most likely to be able to accommodate students with disabilites.

--ISU Fulda offers child care for children 1-8 years old.

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Academic Coursework

airplaneBulletHost Institution Course Enrollment

Before committing to an exchange program, applicants must spend time looking through the course selection available at the host institution.

ISU's offer either two consecutive courses or two courses taught simltaneously. Courses are typically at the introductory level, requiring little to no prior background in the field.

All participants will be enrolled in courses at the host institution and will transfer those courses back to UW Oshkosh at the end of their studies.

Winter Interim 2014 (December 2014 - January 2015)

 

Environmental Engineering: Renewable Energy Sources

Location: Kassel - Germany
Dates: Dec 29, 2014 (arrival in Germany Dec 30) - Jan 18, 2015
Courses: Interdisciplinary courses in English on renewable energy & German cultural studies; multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: host family
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

 

Interactive German Cultural Studies

Location: Kassel - Germany
Dates:
Dec 29, 2014 (arrival in Germany Dec 30) - Jan 19, 2015
Courses: Interdisciplinary course taught in English; multiple levels of German language plus German tandem partner for cultural & language integration
Accommodation: host family
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

Summer 2015

 

European Studies & Finance

Location: Frankfurt - Germany
Dates: July 19 (July 20 arrival in Germany) - August 15, 2015
Courses: Topics in English include Intercultural Communication, European History, European Economic and Social Policy, European Law, European Central Banking, Money & Macroeconomics, Behavioral Finance, Corporate Finance, Negotiations in Debt Financing; multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: hotel
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

 

Culture & Society, Public Health, Social Work or Sustainability

Location: Fulda - Germany
Dates: July 18 (July 19 arrival in Germany) - August 15, 2015
Courses: Topics in English include German History, Culture & Literature; Poverty; Music Therapy; Intl Health & Stress; Intercultural Communication; Social Work; Sustainability; Intercultural Aspects of Migration; multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: hotel
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

 

Intellectual Property Law & Biotechnology - Linking Law, Business, and Science

Location: Giessen - Germany
Dates: July 18 (arriving in Germany July 19) - August 15, 2015
Courses: Interdisciplinary course taught in English covering business, health, law, ethics, natural sciences; multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: dormitory
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

 

New Perspectives for a Globalized World: Environmental and Cultural Dimensions

Location: Kassel - Germany
Dates: June 20 (arrival in Germany June 21) - July 19, 2015
Courses: Topics in English include Environmental Engineering and Integrated Environmental Studies, Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change, Civil Engineering: Introduction to Earthquake Engineering, German History and Politics of the 20th Century, Intercultural Communication (in English), Topics in German include Deutsche Geschichte und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert, German Fairytales (in English and German); multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: host family
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

 

Peace & Conflict: Near and Middle East - A European Perspective

Location: Marburg - Germany
Dates: July 18 (arrival in Germany July 19) - August 15, 2015
Courses: Topics in English include political science, sociology, history, cultural and regional studies; multiple levels of German language
Accommodation: dormitory
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

airplanePointerCourse and Credit Transfer

When you study abroad/away on a program which does not grant UW Oshkosh credit, you may request that your courses be transfered to UW Oshkosh at the end of your program by soliciting prior approval for course and credit transfer. Transfer without prior approval IS NOT AUTOMATIC and IS NOT GUARANTEED.

Follow the instructions on theTransfer Credit Prior Approval formto have your courses pre-approved for transfer.

airplanePointerTo Complete Your Course Transfer

Before you depart from abroad, you must request that your host institution send your transcripts directly to the Transfer Student Coordinator in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office. Do not send your transcript to the Office of International Education. The UW Oshkosh OIE cannot request transcripts on your behalf and you cannot receive credit at UW Oshkosh without the official transcript.

Transfer Student Coordinator
Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
U.S.A.

NOTE: When the Transfer Student Coordinator receives your transcipt, it will be matched to the Transfer Credit Prior Approval Form you completed during the application process for your program. If you did not take the courses you listed on your prior approval form, there is no guarantee that your courses will transfer. If you took courses which won't transfer, this will retroactively affect your full-time status as reported by UW Oshkosh and may affect your financial aid.

You should consider ordering a copy of your host institution transcripts for yourself if possible.

airplanePointerDPI Study Abroad Requirement for Foreign Language Teachers

College of Education & Human Services students planning to teach a foreign language after graduation must meet the DPI requirement for study abroad and must have a completed Certificate of Residency. For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Office on the third floor of Radford.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation

The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation:
IWU 2015: $3,760
ISU 2015: costs vary by institution

Your program includes a number of variables which affect cost. Before signing and submitting the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation"worksheet linked in the "Apply" section of this guide, use links provided within the worksheet and information on the host institution's website to complete as many of the "variable" line items as possible. For help completing this worksheet, contact the OIE for an appointment.

As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.   

Accommodation & Meals

airplanePointerAccommodation

Up-to-date information and links to accommodation details are provided in theHessen Outbound Student Guide.

airplanePointerMeals

Up-to-date information and links to meal details are provided in theHessen Outbound Student Guide.

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!

Eligibility

At a minimum, eligible students on student exchange and direct enroll programs have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, are in good standing, and may come from any academic discipline. Students who will study in a foreign language must also meet proficiency requirements as listed on each program's web page. Students with a GPA below 2.5 should contact the OIE before applying. In some cases, partners abroad will accept applicants with a slightly lower GPA. As part of the application process, your disciplinary file will be reviewed. If you have a campus disciplinary file, this will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility.

Pre-/Post-travel Class Dates

Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.

Application Process

airplanePointerBefore You Apply
 

  1. Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation - AND the date on which you must attend your Program-specific Orientation - in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
  2. Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
    If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
  3. Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.

airplanePointerSecuring Your Place on a Study Abroad Program

UW Oshkosh students compete for seats with other UW System students. Contact the OIE PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR APPLICATION to indicate that you are intereseted AND to find out whether any seats for a particular program are remaining.

Seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed STEPS I & II of the application process, provided STEP III has also been completed by the STEP III application deadline.

This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.

If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.

After the deadline, seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed all three steps.

airplanePointerApplication Deadlines

Winter Interim Programs

STEPS I & II: 1st Friday in October by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 2nd Friday in October by 12:00 pm.

Summer Programs

STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by 12:00 pm.

STEP III: 1st Friday of March by 12:00 pm.

airplanePointerApplication STEPs & Application Checklist

Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.
   

Step I
Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.

**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
   
Step II
Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.
   
Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
   
Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript

Highlight
course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.

To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:

1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
6) Print
   
Credit Overload Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you will exceed the maximum credit limit for the semester.
   
Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
   
Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
   
Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
   
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:

Two Recommendations
One recommendation must be from a professor in a department related to your major and/or language of study. The second must be from a professor or someone from a professional person with whom you work.
 
   
Transfer Credit Prior Approval form
The OIE recommends choosing twice as many courses as you plan to take per semester and completing the Transfer Credit Prior Approval for all of these courses. In the case that a course you intended to take abroad is full, not offered or is not what you expected, you will then be able to easily make changes to your enrollment while abroad.
 
   
Resume or CV
Complete this in English if studying in English; complete this in German if studying in German.
   
Choose and complete the appropriate form

For HESSEN:ISU (6 pages)

For HESSEN:IWU – Kassel (PDF 4 pages)

   
x DO NOT PAY ANY REGISTRATION FEES TO HESSEN UNIVERSITIES!
   
Step III
Review, sign and submit the
IWU 2014 Full Cost of Participation
worksheet OR the
ISU 2015 Full Cost of Participation
worksheet.

Your program includes a number of variables which affect cost. Before signing and submitting the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation"worksheet linked in the "Apply" section of this guide, use links provided within the worksheet and information on the host institution's website to complete as many of the "variable" line items as possible. For help completing this worksheet, contact the OIE for an appointment.

   
Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!
   
Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.

If you already have a passport
, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.

If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.

Click here for passport forms and instructions.
 
Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.

If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application.  DO NOT GUESS! 

If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license.  DO NOT GUESS! 

Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it.  If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
   
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
none for STEP III

 

Paying Your Program Fee

airplaneBulletPointFinancial Aid

Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.

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Fall Interim Programs

Summer Programs

...more on payment deadlines

airplanePointerFirst Program Fee Payment

Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!

The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.

airplanebulletpointSecond Program Fee Payment

You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.

airplanebulletpointTuition Payment

If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.

For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).

For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Cash or Check

All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).

airplanebulletpointPayment by Credit Card or E-check

Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb http://www.uwosh.edu/tw/. E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan

Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.

For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.

Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees.  This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.

Scholarships

Scholarships offered through UW Oshkosh and outside organizations. 

 

Flight & Program Schedule

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All participants arrange and pay for their own transporation to/from the U.S. airport.

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Carry approximately €150 (US$200) for homestay programs to €300 (US$400) for residence hall or apartment living in cash to cover transportation from the airport to your residence and living costs for the first few days.

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Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university. Information on finding and booking airline tickets is available elsewhere in this guide.

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Review the web site/s of your arrival airport and print any information/maps available to you; carry these with you when you travel. Pre-plan your route from your arrival terminal to the bus stop, train station or other form of transportation you'll use to get to your program site.

Germany - Frankfurt Airport; Munich Airport; Berlin Airport; Schiphol Airport (in Amsterdam)

airplanebulletpointProgram Schedule

Program dates and activities vary by location.

Frankfurt (full program)
Fulda (full program)
Giessen (full program)
Kassel (academic program; cultural program)
Marburg (full program)

Visas & Residence Permits

 

Health Insurance

See our new "Insurance" page for details.

Emergency Contacts

In a life and death emergency ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.

To reach your student directly

If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)

Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education - graff@uwosh.edu
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor - abroad@uwosh.edu
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor - nse@uwosh.edu
Mary Reinke: Program Manager - reinkem@uwosh.edu
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor - christes@uwosh.edu
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours

University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216

To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.

There is a different emergency contact for each institution in Hessen. Click here for a list of international offices and contacts in Germany. Please keep in mind that many staff in the international offices are often working split positions and are not always in the international office. If may be difficult to get a response from some of these contacts.


Orientation

To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.

Your orientation consists of:

  • required reading materials
  • required on-line presentation
  • orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
  • optional in-person Q&A
  • in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)

The orientation deadline for fall interim & spring semester programs is the 1st Friday in November. The on-line orientation deadline for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 2nd Friday in April.

  • Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
  • Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY A FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THE ON-LINE ORIENTATION FOR YOU. 

airplanebulletpointReading Materials - REQUIRED

Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.

airplanebulletpointOn-line Orientation - REQUIRED

Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.

To access the on-line orientation

  • Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
  • Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
  • Choose your program.

airplanebulletOrientation Quiz - REQUIRED

Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.

airplanebulletProgram-specific Orientation - REQUIRED

All participants are required to complete the in-person program-specific orientation. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.

Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.

Your in-person program-specific orientation will be held on

  • Mandatory Site Specific Orientation for Fall Interim & Spring Semester students studying in Germany - Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 4-5 pm in Dempsey 202.
  • Mandatory Site Specific Orientation for Summer and Fall Semester students studying in Germany - Monday, April 7, 2014 from 3-4 pm in Dempsey 202.

airplanebulletpointIn Person Q & A - OPTIONAL (Formerly called "Family Orientation")

Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-personQ & A session on:

  • Fall Interim & Spring Semester programs: Sat, 11/7/15, 9:00am-1:00pm, Location TBA
  • Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Sat, 4/9/16, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA

Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.

This page was last updated on: April 13, 2015