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Germany: Augsburg University Exchange

Augsburg University


The Scripps College of Communication School of Visual Communication is proud to announce its new exchange program with Augsburg University in Germany. 

Founded in 1710, Augsburg University is one of the oldest art schools in Germany. The Faculty of Design has acquired a reputation in type design and printing techniques. With over 600 students, it is now Bavaria's lartest design school. Students not only learn the fundamentals in visual art and design, but also different approaches to problem solving and design thought. Augsburg offers undergraduate coursework Communication Design and Interactive Media.

Augsburg is a lively German university city of 280,000 people located in southern Bavaria. Located an hour from Munich, Augsburg is one of the oldest Germany cities with a fascinating history as a former Free Imperial City. Visiting students find it easy to settle in for a semester. Augsburg has a vibrant cultural scene with many museums, music venues, festivals and art galleries. The city is located in a beautiful environment with large forests, rivers, and streams. 

Augsburg University offers a pre-semester language and orientation course at minimal additional cost. Early arrival and participation in this course is highly recommended.

Program Dates

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

Augsburg offers a pre-semester language and orientation course at minimal additional cost. Participation and early arrival is highly recommended.

Application Deadline

Eligibility and selection process 

The Augsburg exchange program is open to undergraduate VisCom students majoring in graphic design. Applicants should have overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

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 University students.

Courses and credits 

Exchange participants will enroll full-time in courses alongside German and international students. Courses will be taught in English.

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

Living arrangements 

Augsburg University will support exchange students with finding housing in university local residence halls or in private accommodations. Students cook their own food and/or eat in inexpensive university cafeterias and restaurants. 


Spring/Summer student budget worksheet 2020

Information on funding and scholarships can be found  here.

Non-resident surcharge is waived for this program.

Additional Information on Germany

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

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. 

Students on the Augsburg Exchange program who are US citizens are required to apply for a residence permit in order to reside in Germany for over 90 days. Normally, students enter Germany on a tourist visa and apply for their residence permit while in Germany with the support of Augsburg University. Students will need to show sufficient funds to support themselves while in-country as part of this process. 

Please note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. For more information, please consult the  entry and exit requirements for Germany. 

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page.  

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information, contact:

Timothy Goheen
Director, School of Visual Communication  
Schoonover 265
(740) 597-1351

Kirsten Dabelko
Sr. Program Coordinator
Walter International Education Center
(740) 597-9039






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