UAS7 Exchange: Study/ Intern Program in 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.
 
Academic calendar: 

  • Fall: October- February
  • Spring: (which they call summer semester) March-July

Application requirements:

  • Pitt Student in good standing
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA for all students
  • Sophomores or juniors

You must first be accepted by a staff member from the University of Pittsburgh, then you will be directed to apply to the UAS7 website. Prior to being accepted, please read the UAS7 website. UAS7's application deadlines are Feb. 15 and October 1. 
If you are interested in also doing a internship after studying for a semetser, you can review/research the Study and Internship program or SIP:http://www.uas7.org/index.php
UAS7 typically requires (could be subject to change, please check their website):

  • Resume
  • Statement of Motivation
  • Study Plan
  • Statement of support from University of Pittsburgh staff
  • Language Evaluation if you are taking courses in German (German language competency is not a mandatory requirement of the program. If you do NOT have any prior knowledge of German, you do not need to submit this form).
  • 1 Faculty Letter of Recommendation (We suggest you begin to request this letter 2-3 weeks prior to UAS7's deadline)
  • Official Transcript
Location Description: 

This program is through UAS7, which are a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research.  Locations in Germany are: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Muenster, and Osnabrueck, Germany. Below is the U.S. office's contact information. 

 

UAS7 - Liaison Office NY

 

871 United Nations Plaza, 15th Floor

 

New York, NY 10017

 

USA

 

Tel: 212.758.3369

 

Email: info@uas7.org 

Housing Description: 

Many Universities of Applied Sciences can arrange or offer help finding accommodation either in the university residences or in apartments off-campus. Prices differ from city to city, but you should expect an average of about € 200 for a room at a residence and about € 250 to € 300 (Euros) for a room in a shared apartment. Please contact the International Office of the school you are planning to complete your program at and ask them about your choices of accommodation. You can find links to the university pages via UAS7's homepage.

Academic Description: 

Each UAS7 location provides specific options for courses in English through this exchange.  Please review below each location’s webpage for information on the specific options. 
Berlin 
Programs offered: Business, Economics; Public Administration; Legal Studies; Police and Security Management; 
Review programs offered in English
Bremen 
Programs offered: International Business; Science and Technology; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Social Sciences; Graduate programs in Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Review programs offered in English
Hamburg 
Programs offered: Engineering & Computer Science; Design, Media and Information; Business and Social Sciences
Review programs offered in English
Cologne 
Programs offered: Applied Natural Sciences; Applied Social Sciences; Civil and Environmental Technology; Computer Science and Engineering Science; Culture Science; Economics and Business Administration; Information; Media & Electrical Engineering; Information sciences & Communication Studies; Process Engineering; Energy and Mechanical Systems; 
Review courses offered in English
Munich 
Programs offered: Applied Sciences and Mechatronics; Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering; Building Services Engineering; Paper and Packing Technology; Print and Media Technology; Business Administration; Civil Engineering; Computer Science and Mathematics; Design; Electrical Engineering and Information Technology; Engineering and Management; 
Review courses offered in English
The Munich University of Applied Sciences is offering an International Certificate focusing on Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering. Please review the certificate requirements here. You will notice that the certificate requires that you take 3 courses from the engineering focus and then 1 intercultural/international course.  However, in order to fulfil the requirements of taking at least 12 US credit hours during a semester, you will be required to take in addition to the 3 engineering courses 2 intercultural classes. 
Münster 
Programs offered: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Design; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Energy, Buildings and Environment; Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Physics; Social Studies; Business Administration; Review courses offered in English
Osnabrück 
Programs offered: Agricultural Sciences and Landscape; Business Management & Social Sciences; Management Culture & Technology; Institute of Music
Review courses offered in English

Experiential Learning Description: 

If accepted in the internship program, you could conduct hands-on research and work alongside teams in on-campus research laboratories and institutes. Academic credit, based upon academic advisor’s advanced approval, can be issued for successfully completing an internship rotation. Most internships are not paid. Review program schedule on UAS7’s website.  Typically UAS7 campus laboratory internships last 2-6 months; off campus internships are 5-6 months. 
If you are seeking to intern in a German Company, UAS7 will match you based upon the skills you list in your internship plan, statement of motivation and your resume.
Applications for the UAS7 Internship Program select from a research laboratory projects offered by professors at UAS7 members.  You can search for projects in your discipline here.
Past programs in these fields:
Aeronautical Engineering; Architecture; Biomedical and Bioengineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Energy Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Ergonomics; Food and Nutritional Science; Landscape Architecture; Life Sciences; Logistics and Management; Materials Science; Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics; Nanoscience; Physical Metrology, Technology and Applied Physics

Program Fees: 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)
  • Heath Insurance (depends on partner institution)

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 Programs office.  However, you might 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. 
Personal expenses varies with individual students. Wonder about the cost of living? Check out UAS7's suggestions. 

 

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 

 

Additional Information: 

Students that have attended UAS7 Universities want you to know.....
"The incredible people I met and experiences we shared while I studied and
worked in Germany for a year changed my world view in a profound way. I
would highly recommend the Study and Internship Program to anyone seeking
a real challenge and desire to experience how other people in other places
work and live. "
- Matthew Weschler
"The DAAD SIP program let me spend an entire year in Germany, leaving
plenty of time to travel Europe, but kept me connected to a specific
city where I studied and did my internship. I spent almost the whole
year with other international students, giving me a good cross-sectional
view of European student culture. Now I have friends abroad, ties to
a German University, and enough language experience to make earning a
graduate degree there a viable option."
- Andrew Seel