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Education Abroad Office

University of Bamberg

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Bamberg
Country: Germany
Term: Spring, Academic Year

The USC exchange program in Germany is designed to help American students enhance their German language skills and gain first-hand knowledge of German culture. Bamberg is located in the center of Germany, approximately 120 miles east of Frankfurt and an equal distance north of Munich. Bamberg is a charming medieval town composed of winding streets and quaint architecture. The city is known for its history, scenic beauty, and quaint cafés. The historic Altstadt (Old Town) area of Bamberg has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Students will attend the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg which was established in 1648 and is one of Bavaria's oldest institutions. Most courses are taught exclusively in German and students can attend classes with German students. 

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate or graduate standing, 2 letters of recommendation from German Faculty

As a smaller city in Germany, students will find that Bamberg is more affordable than Frankfurt or Munich. Including housing, students should expect to spend 700€ to 800€ a month for living expenses. A more detailed breakdown of living expenses can be found here (click on "Finanzielle Erstausstattung").

A limited number of classes are offered in English every semester as students should expect to take the majority of their classes in German. German language classes at all levels are also available to foreign students. Students typically earn 15 credit hours per spring semester and 30 credit hours per academic year. Courses can be lecture or research oriented. Most classes meet once a week for two to four hours. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

For an additional fee, the International Office organizes a variety of inexpensive excursions to places such as Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg, Regensburg, and Weimar as well as Salzburg, Austria. A weekend trip to the Bavarian Alps is routinely offered in January. Students also have the opportunity for individual travel or exploring the small town that is Bamberg, home to Stadtpark Hain, various nature parks, and local and international cuisine and partaking in events hosted by the University of Bamberg. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. 

Students are housed in student apartments in central areas of the city  and can be evaluated via Wohnen in Bamberg. Most exchange students live in single apartments with a kitchenette and bathroom. All students are guaranteed housing, but not necessarily their first choice. Students should expect to pay around €350 a month for housing., which will be paid monthly while the student is currently in Bamberg. All expenses for meals are paid on site. 

The winter semester runs from October to February and the summer semester runs from April to July. Students can attend Bamberg for the summer semester (i.e. spring semester) or the academic year.

A three-week orientation program prior to the start of each semester, including city and university tours, is offered to international students prior to the start of the regular semester courses. During this period, USC students take an intensive German language course (60 hours). More information on the orientation (Vorbereitungskurs) can be found here.

Students that attend the University of Bamberg for a semester or for an academic year are required to obtain a German residence permit upon arrival in Germany. The university will assist students with this process. Students do not need to apply for a student visa prior to leaving for Germany.


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