UAS7 Exchange Program Munster, 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 program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate but it is administered through the International Engineering Initiatives office.  For more information about the university, see the UAS7 website and the FH Munster website

FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is one of the largest and most successful Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany, holding top positions in national ranking surveys as well as in research and knowledge transfer. More than 14,600 students are registered here in about 80 study programs. In addition to classic engineering sciences, FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences offers courses in the areas of business, design and social sciences.

 

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

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAS7alliance/

Location Description
Münster is a city in western Germany. It’s known for the 13th-century St. Paulus Dom cathedral, built in the Gothic and Romanesque styles. Prinzipalmarkt square is framed by gabled houses, the Gothic city hall and late medieval St. Lamberti Church. The gardens of baroque Schloss Münster palace include greenhouses of the Botanical Garden.
 
FH Münster has several locations in Münster and Steinfurt:
 
The locations in Münster are: The Hüfferstiftung, the Fachhochschulzentrum (University Centre) and the Leonardo-Campus. 
The locations in Steinfurt where most of our Engineering Departments are located are: the Steinfurt Campus, the Hochschulgebäude (Central University Buildings) in the city centre and the Hochschulgebäude in Bürgerkamp.
 
Housing Description

The growing number of students makes it difficult to find accommodation in Münster. The demand for affordable housing is high in student cities. We recommend you start looking for accommodation early and try as many options as you can.

We strongly recommend you apply for housing by the Studierendenwerk (Münster Student Support Services) which provides rooms for the periods 01.09 - 28.02 (Winter Semester) and 01.03 - 31.08 (Summer Semester).

You can find information about housing here.

Academic Description

Programs offered: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Design; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Energy, Buildings and Environment; Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Physics; Social Studies; Business Administration. 

 

Courses in English can be found here. 

 

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.    

 

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:
Engineering
Business
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

 

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at Munster for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Munster’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, Munster’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.change university. Like Pitt, Munster’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad.  Come talk with me about studying abroad! Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall @SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

 

Jessica Sun

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.  

 

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

 

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 information:
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)