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University of Flensburg, Germany
Education, European Studies, German, Management Studies
Language of Instruction:
University of Flensburg
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Advisor or Instructor:
Amanda Randall, Doug Casson
The University of Flensburg was founded as a teachers college in 1946 and today offers a full university curriculum for 2,500 students housed on campus and in a city of 80,000. The university assigns a graduate student advisor to St. Olaf students, counseling them in all areas of academic life, including course selection and extra-curricular activities. A comprehensive placement exam assures students proper course selection in German and in semester courses.
The prerequisite for study in Germany is one of the two writing courses [German 251 or 252], or equivalent language writing experience. Students must earn a grade of at least B- in the last German course taken at St. Olaf before departure. Normally students earn a total of five credits for one term of study in Germany (language course plus university courses) and nine credits for a full year’s study. The intensive language course taken before the start of the semester counts as one of the five courses in place of the January Interim. Letter grades are assigned for semester courses and are recorded on the St. Olaf transcript but are not counted in the grade point average. Students receive one St. Olaf credit in German for successful completion of the language course offered on site at each university. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
Students can visit local gyms, cafes, restaurants, shops, flea markets, beaches, and museums such as the Flensburg city museum. Students may also take advantage of the variety activities held on campus, including bonfires and movies. Between the language course and the beginning of the university semester, students have about 10 days of free time. Those who stay for the full year have an additional two-month vacation between semesters (mid-February until mid-April). For more information about student life, click here.
Housing is arranged through the International Studies Office in Flensburg. Housing is assigned for the pre-semester course and runs through the full semester or year.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Amanda Randall.