The Bonn program is a semester or academic year length program of integrated studies for qualified Ohio State undergraduate students. For nearly fifty years the University of Bonn has hosted study abroad programs in coordination with universities from around the world. The flexible program structure and variety of course offerings present students with a tailor-made program. Students can earn graded Ohio State credit while studying over 80 disciplines as well as special German language courses.
The program aims to increase intercultural competence through integration into the German education system and through firsthand experience with everyday life. It also seeks to improve German speaking skills through language instruction with native speakers and integration into a German-speaking environment. Students accepted into the program will participate in a special pre-session orientation in Germany that prepares them for life at Bonn.
Direct enroll programs require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance designed to cater to the needs of education abroad students from the United States.
Bonn, the 200-year old former capital of West Germany, lies on the historic Rhine River. It has a population of about 300,000 and is close to Cologne and Dusseldorf, two of the largest cities in Germany. Among other things, the city of Bonn is the proud birthplace of Beethoven and Konrad Adenauer. The Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelm Universität Bonn, founded in 1818, is one of the largest German universities with approximately 38,000 students. It is one of the most respected universities in Germany and has a good reputation in international programs. Its various campuses are located around the city of Bonn.
Students are housed at the Studentenwerk Bonn in dormitory accommodations. They will room either with German students or other international students. Accommodations are included in the program fees and include a kitchen in which students may prepare meals.
Education Abroad Coordinator
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
Courses and Credit
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process (non-language courses, only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
A five week pre-session begins shortly after students arrive in Bonn either in September or March. Its main purpose is to increase students' language skills and cultural knowledge. Thereafter, students work in consultation with the Office of International Relations (Akademisches Auslandsamt) to schedule their courses. Students typically enroll in two to four regular university courses depending on whether additional German language courses are needed. The university offers a wide range of courses available to Ohio State students along with special courses conducted through the International Office. In general, the language of instruction is German, however, there are also classes taught in English.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Students traveling on the Sommersemester program can expect to earn approximately 12-15 semester credits and those traveling on the academic year program can expect to earn approximately 24 semester credits. Determination of course equivalencies and specific credits awarded is made upon return to Ohio State, although students are strongly encouraged to consult with the German department prior to going overseas.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, successfully complete German 3101 (or higher) prior to departure, maintain a "B" in all German courses, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation, preferably from recent instructors of German. Applicants must also submit two personal statements, one in English and one in German.
Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay Bonn's Junior Year Program fees (directly to Bonn University) and the GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third-party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The Junior Year Program fee tends to include housing, cultural program, and local transportation. It does not cover international airfare, meals or personal expenses.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
- Friday, November 16 from 1:00-2:30 PM in Enarson Classroom Building 160
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.