Known as the capital of the Black Forest, Freiburg is famous for its magnificent Gothic Freiburger Munster (cathedral) and its distinguished university. Completed in the early 16th century, the cathedral’s soaring, red sandstone tower dominates the city. To many Germans, however, Freiburg conjures up images not of religion but of youth: with more than 25,000 students, the city’s thriving university community fosters an unusually lively social and intellectual atmosphere.
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) organizes and administers this study abroad program in Freiburg with a focus on German language and culture. The program is designed for students with advanced German proficiency. Students may take a mix of IES program courses and regular classes at the University of Freiburg. All courses are taught in German. There is a wide spectrum of classes on offer at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität. Founded in 1457, the university is Germany’s second oldest and one of its most highly regarded.
Spring semester: late February to late July
Note: Pomona chooses the spring semester because of the German academic calendar. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regular university courses. However, students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the fall, but their university course choices will be very limited since most fall courses run through February.
Fields of Study
German language, contemporary German politics, German literature, German studies, art history, cinema, economics, gender studies, history, music history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology.
Four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent for the spring semester. 9.0 GPA required.
Number of Students
Approximately 5. Total group approximately 75.
Students are required by Pomona to take IES’s advanced language course (1 Pomona course credit); highly advanced students may substitute a German literature course for the language course. For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of IES and regular university courses. Pomona students must enroll in at least one university course. Most students take an additional language course, Advanced Grammar and Usage, level I, II or III, (3-4 semester hours). Pomona grants 1 course credit for 4 semester credits, so students should plan an academic program that equals at least 16 semester credits for 4 Pomona course credits.
Students live in German residence halls throughout the city, usually with a mix of German and international students in the living groups.
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher