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Germany: Freiburg

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Freiburg Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

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.

Host Institutions
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Pädagogische Hochschule
Zeichen- und Malschule Georg Schell
Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Residence halls with German and international students.

Program Dates
Spring semester: late February to late July

Faculty Liaison
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher

IES: Language and Area Studies

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.

Academic Program

Pomona students enroll in five courses for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits. Students are required to enroll in a German advanced langauge course at the IES center (1.0 Pomona credit) and at least one course at a local university (0.75 Pomona credits). The remaining three electives can be taken in a combination of IES center or local university courses (0.75 Pomona credits each).

Highly advanced students may substitute a German literature course for the language course.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis.

Note: Pomona allows students to study in Germany only in the spring semester because of the german academic calendar. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regular university courses. 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.

Living Arrangements

Students live in German residence halls throughout the city, usually with a mix of German and international students.

Number of Students

IES enrolls approximately 75 students, selected from a national pool. 


  • Completion of advanced German (German 44), or the equivalent.
  • 9.0 GPA required.

Internet Link

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