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.

Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main
(University of Applied Sciences)

Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main (University of Applied Sciences)
The Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main is committed to scientifically based education as well as to a strong real world approach to teaching and research.  It ranks among the leading institutions of its kind in Germany.  Programs in the field of architecture, computer science, engineering, business and law as well as health sciences and social work are available.  The programs apply the Bachelor and Master structures according to the Bologna agreement of 1999, thus contributing to the creation of the European Higher Education Area.  The format of the programs together with the expertise in student services provide high quality to campus life.

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
Course offerings, descriptions and language of instruction are available on-line at:

Download UAS's brochure offering courses taught in English!

Orientation and German Language Course (required of all UWL students attending this program)
German intensive language classes (different levels available) will be conducted four weeks prior to the semester start.  Information regarding orientation and the pre-sessional intensive German language course will be included in your acceptance packet from the Fachhochschule.

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.

Students will be housed in a single room at one of the Fachhochschule's student halls.  Rent ranges from 170-240 euros per month and includes electricity and heating.  Students will be required to submit the housing deposit and the first month of rent prior to their arrival.  Housing information will be sent to you with your acceptance packet from the Fachhochschule.

There is a student fee to be paid at enrollment.  This fee has to be paid by every student for registration, insurance and public transportation.  At the time of your enrollment, you will receive a "study chip."  This will be your pass for free use of transport, etc.  If you want to use the study chip at the time of your arrival, you must submit payment prior to your arrival.

The Fachhochschule offers a program of personal support for exchange students.  By participating in this program, UWL students are paired up with a German student who will take care of you on your arrival (e.g., pick you up at the airport and bring you to the International Office).  Application and information will be included in your acceptance packet from the Fachhochschule.

Internships would be available to students upon having completed one semester at the Fachhochschule.  Additional details of placement possibilities would be available at their International Office.

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: early-September to mid-July
Spring Semester: mid-February to mid-July
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.

2.50 GPA minimum
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum)
Some German language skills preferred, but not required
Open to students from other universities

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

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