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  • Locations: Konstanz, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Universitaet Konstanz

Universitaet Konstanz is situated on the border of Germany and Switzerland, overlooking Lake Constance (der Bodensee). The university opened in 1966 and today educates approximately 10,000 students. Although 10,000 students may seem large compared to UR, "Uni Konstanz" is considered one of the smaller German universities. Unlike many other universities in Germany, Uni Konstanz offers a campus-like atmosphere.
The city
As Konstanz is bordered on the north by the lake and by Switzerland on the west, south and east, it could almost be considered a German enclave within Switzerland.  Konstanz is a very old city, having been established as a Celtic settlement around the third century A.D. Today it has approximately 80,000 residents.



  • This program is available for full-year or spring semester only.
  • Applicants should be juniors or seniors, although sophomores may also be eligible.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 required (major GPA is especially important).
  • Prior study of German not required, but it is preferred, even for applicants who do not plan to take coursework in German.  Applicants with no German language skills must meet with Chris Klein, study abroad advisor for Germany, before applying.
  • Applicants planning to take coursework in German must have completed at least the 200-level (intermediate) German courses or equivalent.
  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the Konstanz program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cossé.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.

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Program structure
Students take a combination of German language classes plus regular university courses in a wide range of subjects, taught in English or German.  Students capable of taking some of their regular university courses in German will have more options. 
Course Selection
Courses are available in Biology, Economics, English, German, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Statistics, Women’s Studies. 

Be aware that some departments offer more classes in English than others.  Please see these sites for more detail.

Konstanz classes (1)
Konstanz classes (2)

 Course structure and assessment
At Konstanz, some classes will be large lectures and others, such as those offered by the Sprachlehrinstitute (Language Center), will be smaller.  Courses are structured in a variety of ways.  Professors use a wide range of methods of assessing students’ learning.  Some will give graded assignments throughout the semester, and others will base your grade on one very comprehensive final exam, paper or project.
Converting Konstanz's credits to UR units
Konstanz uses the European Union's ECTS (European Credit Transfer system) for assigning credit to its classes.  Most classes there are valued at 6 ECTS.  The average course load is 24 ECTS per semester, and the maximum course load is 30 ECTS per semester.

UR's Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to convert from ECTS to UR Units:

Divide ECTS by 7, then round up to nearest tenth of a Unit. 

 Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.

ECTS Credits
Richmond Units
Grading Scale

Konstanz Grade
UR Equivalent
sehr gut/very good
sehr gut/very good
Below 4
nicht ausreichend/not sufficient
Not eligible for transfer to UR

All participants take a month-long German language & orientation course prior to the start of the semester, unless UR German faculty determine that a student should be granted a waiver.  Please note that UR does not grant academic credit for this course. 
The orientation program, which runs concurrently with the language class, introduces students to German culture and the city of Konstanz, and shows students how to complete registration and immigration tasks.

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Students taking part in the Konstanz program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program.  Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.

Richmond students are guaranteed university housing provided they meet stated deadlines.  Exchange students are integrated with German students and other international students in the residence halls.  There is usually a choice of a single room in residence hall, a one-room apartment, or a single room in a shared apartment.  Some of the residences where Richmond students have lived in recent years include Europahaus, Sonnenbuehl West I, or Sonnenbuehl Ost (Hochhaus or Gruppenhaus).
Click here to read about housing at Konstanz, and here to read about meals.


Dates and Costs

Click here for Konstanz Dates and Costs.

Financial Aid

Aid for study at Konstanz

Konstanz sometimes offers aid from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Stipendium to support study abroad participation; see the study abroad advisor for Germany for details.

Aid for study in Germany

See the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for scholarships opportunities that could help support study abroad in Germany.  Please note that DAAD application deadlines are extremely early - applications are due in January of the year prior to study in Germany.  For example: a student wishing to study in Germany for spring 2018 semester must apply for the DAAD scholarship by January 2017.

Aid for study abroad abroad in general
Click here to read about general scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.


Immigration requirements

Citizens of the United States and some other countries do not need to apply for a visa in advance of studying in Germany, but will need to obtain a residence permit once there.  Detailed instructions will be provided to accepted students.

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For more information, contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

Updated 20 Dec 2016