Ohio University

Germany: Leipzig University Exchange

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Program Feature

Gen Ed
Gilman Eligible
Language Immersion

Program Term

Academic Year

Program Type


Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
Language and Area Studies

Application Deadline

Academic year 2020-21
February 15, 2020

Spring 2021
October 1, 2020

For more information, contact:

Kirsten Dabelko
Exchange Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities


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Participate in an academic exchange at Leipzig University  and experience one of the best university cities in Germany! Leipzig offers cafes, arts, a great student atmosphere, as well as easy access to Berlin, Prague and other European destinations.  

Abundant in culture and history, Leipzig is a bustling city of 560,000 people, aggressively reclaiming its traditional status as a trade center between East and West. Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is housed in historical and contemporary buildings scattered throughout the center of the city. 

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic (opens in a new window).

Living Arrangements 

Students may select from several options including university sponsored dormitories with single rooms, dorms with German roommates or student houses. Students cook their own food and/or eat in inexpensive university cafeterias and restaurants.  

Program Dates 

Actual dates will vary based on host institutions academic calendar, but below are estimated timeframes.

  • Winter Semester: October through February  
  • Summer Semester: April through July  
  • Academic Year: October through July 

Leipzig offers a pre-semester language and orientation course at minimal additional cost.  Early arrival is recommended. 


Exchange participants will enroll full-time in courses alongside German students. A full  curriculumof courses  conducted in German language is available to students.  

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001 

All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.


The students are responsible for health insurance, administrative fee, and out-of- pocket costs. There is no tuition charge for this exchange. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Academic Year 2021-2022

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Spring 2022

Items that are not related to the program (i.e., additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

The Leipzig exchange program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors, who have three years of college-level German or sufficient language proficiency and with an overall GPA of 3.0. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accept NON-OHIO students. 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. 

Students on the Leipzig Exchange program who are US citizens are required to apply for a residence permit in order to reside in Denmark for over 90 days. Students will apply for this permit before departing for Denmark. Detailed instructions and assistance will be provided as part of the orientation for the program.

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here