Drexel in Germany: Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7)
The UAS7 (7 German Universities of Applied Science) program is a 9 month study + co-op exchange open to all Drexel majors! Students choose to study at one of 7 German Applied Science Universities: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Muenster, or Osnabrück. Students will take classes with local German students as well as other international students during the German "winter semester" from October-February, earning credits for Drexel's Fall Quarter. From February-June, students participate in an internship or research opportunity for co-op credit. While many students choose to stay in the same city where they studied, students may also choose to move to a different city in Germany for their co-op. During co-op, students will get firsthand experience working in international teams.
UAS7 institutions are unique in that they have a commitment to coursework with professional relevance, offer small class sizes, and have faculty with close ties to Germany business and industry. The UAS7 program completely immerses students into German education, culture and work environment, creating many opportunities to improve German language skills, meet German locals and gain international work experience! To determine which university is right for you, consider both course offerings and location. For more information, including links to the various universities, course offerings, and more visit the UAS7 program web site
Hamburg is one of the largest port cities in Europe offering a hotspot for international affairs. The city is known for the harbor and many water ways that flow through it. It is a hub for media and industry as well as a financial center housing the world’s second largest bank. Hamburg has many biomedical, maritime and aeronautical engineering companies. Hamburg is also rich with culture and social scenes with many attractions such as Landungsbrücken, Reeperbahn, Elbphilharmonie.
Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany. With its interesting past, Berlin is a metropolis for politics, media, art, culture and sciences. High- tech firms and the service sector make up Berlin’s economy. IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, and electronics make up Berlin’s industries. Many historical landmarks such as the Berlin Wall, Bundestag, and the Brandenburger Tor mark the rich and lively culture. Berlin is also known for its diverse social scene and night life.
Besides the city’s famous Kölner Dom ( Cologne Cathedral), the city is a major cultural hub in the Rhineland. Köln houses more than thirty museums, many galleries, and trade shows such as Art Cologne. The city is also an important research center and harbors many corporate headquarters such as Lufthansa and media companies such as Westdeutscher Rundfunk. The economy is primarily made up of media industries and insurance companies. Cologne is also known for its Kölsh beer and carnival that takes place in November.
Münster is the capital of the government region Westphalia. It has a lot of historical significance as it is the sight of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia and the location of the Anabaptist rebellion. Münster is popular among cyclists. Computer companies, insurance companies, banks, consulting companies, publishing businesses, advertising and design make up Münster’s industry. The service sector is also very big in Münster.
The Hanseatic port city of Bremen is a commercial and industrial hub on the Weser River. Airbus and Mercedez Benz manufacturers are located here. Bremen also houses many food producing and trading companies and breweries such as Becks. Bremen houses the UNESCO world heritage town hall. The statue of the famous Bremen Town Musicians also stands in the city center and can be touched for good luck.
Osnabrück is known as a university city located in a nature reserve of lower Saxony. The city is a mixture of historical quarters and modern architecture. It once was a Hanseatic City and very important in trade. Osnabrück is termed the „city of peace“ since negotiations that ended the Thirty Year War occurred here in 1648. Since then the Hobby Horse parade commemorates this historical event. The surrounding nature reserve offers accessible hiking and cycling tours.
North of the Bavarian Alps and close to the Isar River, Munich is known for its Bavarian culture and sports scene. Since the 19th century, Munich has been a center for science, art and culture. Many research institutes, museums and influential universities reside in Munich. The city has the fastest growing economy in Germany. Companies such as Microsoft, Siemens AG, BMW, and Allianz have its head quarters in Munich. And of course, Oktoberfest, Weißwurst and Leberkäs make Munich a hot
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Prior study of German language to the 310 level
- Sophomore status or higher and completion of one co-op
Each of the UAS7 universities offer courses in a variety of majors. To find out more, please visit each university's website.
Students can choose from a wide range of subjects and classes offered in German and in English. However, students should prepare to take most, if not all, of their coursework in German. Students may also continue to advance their German skills by taking German language classes.
Students may view lists of pre-approved courses below. Keep in mind that the course equivalency list is always growing, as more students participate in the program.
Students should also consult the university's website and the UAS7 website for additional course options. For any courses you wish to take not already listed on the approval spreadsheets above, you will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and equivalency.
Grading: Students are taught and graded by German faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at a German school is between 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.
The language requirement for this program is German 310. Students should consider taking more language courses during their freshman summer vacation term or on campus during their co-op terms in order to advance their language skills more quickly. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
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UAS7 program calendar details:
*Late Aug/Sept: Orientation and intensive German language course
*Oct - Feb: Full time course load at the university (Fall term class credit)
*Feb - June: professional internship in a company, research institute, or lab (Winter/Spring co-op credit)
*Students return to Drexel campus in June for summer term classes.
Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
Many of the UAS7 schools can arrange or offer help finding accommodations. Students are encouraged to live in the residence halls because in some cities, such as Berlin and Munich, finding off-campus housing can be difficult.
Applicants from the United States and Canada don't need a visa to enter Germany. However, all students staying in Germany longer than three months need to obtain a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from their local Immigration Office after their arrival. Students do not need a work permit since their internship is part of an international exchange program.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page
for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Applicants to the UAS7 SIP (Study and Internship Program) will be automatically considered for one of two scholarships sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The first is a DAAD scholarship, and the second is a UAS7 Travel Scholarship. A selection committee composed of UAS7 academics and international education experts will select the SIP Scholarship grantees.
During the internship/co-op portion of SIP, most students successfully apply for a paid internship, although compensation rates vary by industry and the student's qualifications.
With all of these financial resources, money should not prevent you from taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity!
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
Visit the UAS7 program website
and schedule an advising appointment with the Drexel Study Abroad Office for more information.