Located in northwestern Germany, 50 kilometres (about 30 miles) from Bremen, and close to Hamburg and Hanover airports, the University of Oldenburg offers endless opportunity for exploration in addition to its excellent academic programs, especially for German majors. The university also offers an optional Buddy system, where a local student assists you before and after your arrival in Germany.
- Founded in 1973, and renamed the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in 1991, it developed from a teacher training college to a dynamic and research focused university. Today, the university has around 12,000 students and 200 faculty.
- With a population of 150,000, Oldenburg is a university town, friendly, safe and famous as a bicycle city. The North Sea is one hour away by train.
- The "Innenstadt" or city centre is unique in that it was the very first pedestrian zone in Germany and it has not lost it's old world charm.
While the primary language of instruction is in German, a limited number of English-language courses are offered in the following degree programs:
2 years college level German. In principle, the language of instruction is in German, so you must be comfortable taking courses in the language.
Choice of Courses:
Exchange students will be assigned an academic advisor who will help students put together a suitable curriculum.
Fall semester is called Winter semester (Wintersemester) and the Spring is called Summer Semester (Sommer semester).
The complete academic offer can be found here
The course offerings in English can be found here
For European Studies courses in English (including European societies, economies, cultures, politics, and education) click here
For specific spring semester offerings in English click here: University of Oldenburg_Courses_Summer term 17.xls
Credit System and Workload:
The University of Oldenburg uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which is a Europe-wide system.
One ECTS credit point translates into 30 hours of work, which only a part is spent in a classroom. A course can vary between 3 and 10 ECTS points.
Students should aim for a workload of 30 ECTS points per semester. Exchange students need to request grades since they are not normally given.
The International Relations Office at the University of Oldenburg assists students in finding accomodation. To search for housing near the university, click here
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply their award package to most semester or year long study abroad programs. Students are also eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).
Additional financing information can be found at this webpage