Study Abroad

Exchange Program

Exchange Program fees are set based on UW-L tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges.  Fee inclusion varies by program.  Please refer to the Fees link on this website for more information.

Goethe  University

Frankfurt’s commercial tradition, its cosmopolitanism, liberalism, pragmatism, tolerance, interest in science and technology, and its commitment to social issues have influenced the university since its beginnings. The basis for the later Goethe University was laid in the early 20th century through the commitment of wealthy Frankfurt citizens, many of them Jewish, to promoting education and science. On the 100th anniversary of Goethe’s death in 1932 Frankfurt University took its present name. Goethe University has 35,000 students, which places it among the ten largest institutions of higher education in Germany. Over 600 professors are engaged in teaching and research in the university, and a total of 170 different degree programs are offered by the 21 academic departments.

Frankfurt is not a average university town – it’s a lot more. Frankfurt is not a huge city of millions – it’s a city of 600,000 in small neighborhoods linked together. Frankfurt has it’s skyline and office buildings that makes it a financial center of the European Union but it also has parks throughout the city. There is something for everyone in the cultural and artistic opportunities to explore. A great advantage for students is the incomparable mass transit system. Frankfurt is a city of trade, a financial centre, a transportation hub, a major European metropolis, but also a city of intellect, of apple wine, of small-town friendliness, green spaces and 180 nationalities.

Academic Program
Courses are available in the following disciplines:

Business Administration
Computer Science

Jewish Studies
Modern Languages

Physical Education
Political Science
Sport Science

Click here for undergraduate courses offered in English.

Click here for course syllabi and the Goethe Learning Agreement.

Intensive German Course for Exchange Students (DIA Kurs) in September
Every year in September an all-day German course takes place which is especially designed for visiting students. This Intensive German for Foreigners course ('DIA') starts on the first weekday of September with a diagnostic test. According to your previous German language skills participants are divided into two levels. If you want to enroll in the ”DIA“ course, you can do so on the form ”Zulassungsantrag“. For participation in the ”DIA“ course, good basic German language skills are required.

German Course during the Academic Year
During the term several German courses are offered by the Internationales Studienzentrum, to improve and enhance German language skills. In these courses specific academic language skills are taught, such as composition and writing of academic papers, discussion and presentation of papers, pronunciation and intonation etc. You can combine a variety of these courses in your schedule.  Courses in German and/or English are available on Goethe's website:

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Housing and Meals
Housing will be reserved for you in the Studententwohnheim, however, you will be required to pay your rent directly upon arrival. The rental period begins on September 1st and ends on February 28th for the winter semester and begins March 1st and ends on July 31st for the summer semester; the rental period cannot be shortened or lengthened. The monthly rent for a single room in the Studententwohnheim is approximately 165 € to 210 € ($220-$280); in addition you have to pay a deposit of 250 € to 300 €. A privately rented room costs about 250 € to 350 €. Meals are not included in the program fees. Kitchen facilities are available in the Studententwohnheim. Lunch at the cafeteria on campus costs about 2 € to 3 € ($3-$5).

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Program Dates
Academic Year: mid-September to late-July
Spring Semester: mid-March to late-July
Program Dates:

Due to the academic calendar at most German universities, a fall-only program is not possible.
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

2.5 GPA minimum, 2.75+ GPA preferred
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum), Junior standing preferred
4 semesters college-level German minimum; completion of 300-level coursework recommended

Program Fee
The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (12-15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

Other costs not included in program fee:

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • German Student Services Fee

For More Information
Goethe University Homepage
International Office
At-a-Glance Brochure
Arrival Information
Student Handbook
Frankfurt City Information
Tips and Advice from Program Alumni 


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