History & Description
International success in research, a multiplicity of modern programs, and many reforms, especially in teaching, are hallmarks of the University of Osnabrück. As a young university, it strives to meet the changing demands of education these days. Successful, interdisciplinary research partnerships are elements of research programs at the University of Osnabrück. With innovative, interdisciplinary, and international study concepts such as European Studies, Information Engineering, or Cognitive Science, the University of Osnabrück has opened up new professional perspectives for its students, and prepares them in the best possible way for the job market.
The University has welcomed the Europeanization of the educational market by quickly introducing internationally recognized degrees. Numerous partnerships with international universities as well as with institutions outside the academic area support both internationalism and scientific exchange. Partnerships with regional institutions outside of academia ensure close relations with business and the transfer of scientific knowledge.
Osnabrück's essence is based on peace and community. People still come together where merchants used to meet in the old days: The "Markt" remains the heart of the city and hosts weddings, festivals, wine stands and Christmas markets. Its picturesque flair is formed by the Town Hall of the Peace of Westphalia, the "Stadtwaage", the St Mary's Church, the late Romanesque St Peter's Cathedral and the high gables of the old merchant houses.
From 1412 – 1669, Osnabrück was a member of the "Hanse" (Hanseatic League), the most important trading alliance of its time that brought great stature and wealth to its member cities. Nowadays, the old trade routes have turned into pleasant streets with attractive shops. This mixture of historic quarters and modern architecture is the hallmark of Osnabrück; that and its green spaces. With 1,220 square kilometers the UNESCO Geo Park TERRA.vita is wide open for cycling or hiking tours or for improving your handicap on one of the many golf courses around Osnabrück. Embedded between the Teutoburg Forest and the "Wiehengebirge", the green traces of this nature reserve stretch right into the inner city of Osnabrück.
About The Program
Orientation & Airport Pick-Up
At the beginning of each semester the International Office offers a Welcome Week (Orientation) and this includes airport pick-up. You will be picked up by a tutor from the train station, usually on 1 October or 1 April, and taken to your house of residence. If you would like to make use of this service, you need to let the Osnabrück International Office know. Welcome Week provides an introduction to the city and the university including classroom etiquette and cultural differences.
Students will live in on campus housing. If you would like to learn more about the residence halls and their amenities on-campus, you can go to: http://www.uni-osnabrueck.de/en/prospective_students/exchange_and_erasmus_students/accomodation.html
Travelling by public transport
Part of the semester contribution that students pay goes toward a semester ticket. This means that you can use the following public transportation systems free of charge
•All buses in the city and district of Osnabrück, as well as on certain lines to neighboring communities (also to North Rhine-Westphalia)
• Many local train connections (see back side of student card)
Travelling by bike
Osnabrück is a cyclist’s city: you can reach the university from all directions quite quickly, sometimes even quicker than by bus. In addition, the Osnabrück hinterland offers a network of bike paths for cycle tours. We therefore recommend that you bring a bike to Osnabrück or buy one second-hand upon your arrival.
If you wish to buy a second-hand bike, there are several possibilities:
•auction bike sales at the lost property office of the Osnabrück police (Tel: 0541 327 0) twice a year
Travelling by Train
Travelling by train in Germany is relatively expensive. There are, however, special offers for those who book well in advance. For further information, please visit the Ticket Office at Osnabrück main train station (Theodor-Heuss-Platz) or www.bahn.de. You can search for train connections within the whole of Germany on the internet. As mentioned above, your semester ticket enables you to visit neighboring cities and the surrounding areas free of charge.
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that students buy a cell phone and phone card/s in-country.
Osnabrück offers many extracurricular options for international students such as cultural integration programs, conversation groups, and various student clubs and organizations. To find out more about the activities offered by this institution, you can visit their website at the following link: http://www.uni-osnabrueck.de/en/home.html
All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.) If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: Alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University.
What Can I Study?
All courses are taught in German so students will need to be fluent in German to apply.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.