UAS7 Exchange Program Berlin, Germany

Overview

Have you always wanted to study in Germany and dreamed of staying longer than a few weeks?  This semester long exchange program is for you!  You can also think about doing an internship in the semester after studying.  

UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research.  Courses are offered in English in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Muenster, and Osnabrueck, Germany. 

This exchange program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate but it is administered through the International Engineering Office.  For more information about the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) , see the UAS7 website and the BSEL website

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is one of the largest and most distinguished academic institutions for business studies and postgraduate management education in Germany. 23 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate programs demonstrate the school’s depth and breadth in the fields of business and economics. The university enjoys an outstanding national and international reputation that is regularly reflected by excellent marks in national ranking surveys.

Fact sheet
Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Germany.

 

Partner Information

UAS7 - Liaison Office NY

871 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017 | U.S.A.

T: +1.212.758.3369

email:  info@uas7.org

https://pre.abroad.pitt.edu/UAS7Berlin

Location Description

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,748,148 (2018)[2] inhabitants make it the second most populous city proper of the European Union after London. Berlin straddles the banks of the River Spree, which flows into the River Havel (a tributary of the River Elbe).  Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. About one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes

Housing Description

UAS7 Berlin will help you with housing, typically it's off-campus housing. 

Academic Description

Programs offered for Undergraduate students:  Business & Economics
Review programs offered in English

Of note: 

  • All courses must be approved by your school. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to your school’s study abroad staff.  
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken abroad will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
  • Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.      German language proficiency is required for courses taught in German.

 

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:
Business
Economics
Grading
  • In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. 
  • Information about grading scales can be found on the UAS7 website. 
  • Transcripts: In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. Information about grading scales can be found on the UAS7 website. 
  • Please ensure you ask the UAS7 university to provide a mailed paper transcript to your Pitt's study abroad manager in your school. Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.

 

Experiential Learning Description
Program Fees

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,331 $18,530
Program Fee $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $11,276 $19,475

* The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Swanson School of Engineering.  For Pitt students of another Pitt school or campus,  the tuition rate will reflect the home school or campus.  The listed costs are defaulted to one semeter.  Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.

 

How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

     
Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000  
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000  
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000  

The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by exchange partner and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages. The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the UAS7 website as well as our budgeting page for more information.

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the International Engineering Initiatives Office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note the SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at Berlin for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Berlin’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Berlin’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, semesters in our ASU7 exchange schools are: Fall runs mid-September through mid-February and Spring runs mid- March through mid-July. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Application Instructions

 
Please apply through Pitt’s website and the study abroad program manager will review and provide you with information on if you are nominated.
At that point, you will be required to apply through UAS7.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the UAS7 website for details about how to apply.  Please read the application instructions and application deadlines.
Minimum Requirements: 

  • Student in good academic and behavioral standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in a field represented on UAS7 campuses - engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work.

 

Additional Information

Questions about scholarships?
UAS7 offers a travel scholarship  to some applicants!
Here is more infromation:
Successful applicants for the Study & Internship Program (SIP), Internship Program (IP), and Study Program (SP) are eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship of 1000€ to cover or defray transatlantic travel expenses for program participation. Applicants will be notified about program and scholarship acceptance simultaneously. 
 
No additional application materials are necessary; the program application is used by the selection committee to evaluate candidates for scholarships as well as program admission. Applicants in the October and February selection rounds will be considered for the UAS7 Travel Scholarship. 
 
UAS7 Travel Scholarship recipients will receive their award from their host UAS after arriving in Germany. 
 
Also be sure to check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

 

 

 

 

Insurance Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

 

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  
 

In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)