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Germany: Leipzig Exchange Program

Germany- Leipzig exchange

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.

Program Dates

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.

Application Deadline

Eligibility and selection process 

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 University students.

Courses and credits 

Exchange participants will enroll full-time in courses alongside German students. A full  curriculum of 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

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. 


Academic Year 2019-2020 student budget worksheet

Summer/Spring 2020 student budget worksheet


Information on funding and scholarships can be found here.

Non-resident surcharge 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 Leipzig 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 the University of Leipzig. 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:

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator
(740) 597-9039






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