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American Junior Year (AJY) in Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Program Provider:
AJY - American Junior Year at Heidelberg University
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Housing Options:
Residence Hall
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Areas of Study:
American Studies, Art, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Economics, Education, English Literature, Geography, German, History, Jewish Studies, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sociology, Studio Art
Program Design: Direct Enroll, Hybrid
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Additional Program Options:
Internship (with credit transfer), Volunteer
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American Junior Year (AJY) in Heidelberg
An immersion experience in German language and culture

View of Heidelberg with castle

American Junior Year offers you an opportunity to study at Germany’s oldest university, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität or Ruperto Carola, ranked 43rd in the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking. It is also one of Germany’s universities that have the status "excellence." Located in the quaint town of Heidelberg – with its traditional romantic flair – it is committed to the motto "Future since 1386."

The relationship between American Junior Year and Ruperto Carola dates back to 1958, making us one of the oldest American study abroad programs in Germany and the oldest exchange program of its kind. Every year, several Universität Heidelberg students spend time at our home campus in Tiffin, Ohio, as exchange students, while students from Tiffin and other colleges study at Heidelberg.

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Universität Heidelberg
Founded in 1386, Universität Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university. It is consistently ranked first or second place among the top German universities, and is home to a number of Nobel laureates. The university’s excellent reputation has attracted top research institutions such as German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCTS), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), as well as three Max Plank Institutes (MPI) in the areas of Medical Research, International Law, and Astronomy.

The wide range of study programs makes Universität Heidelberg an attractive choice for students from all over the world: more than 5000 of the university’s 30,000 students are international students. Most traditional university departments are centered around the Universitätsplatz in the heart of the Old Town. The natural sciences and medicine, the athletic center and the computer center are located on the modern campus across the Neckar River.

Main shopping street Chocolate shop

AJY students arrive in Heidelberg six weeks before the actual start of the university semester. The first four weeks are spent in the preliminary course designed to prepare students for the demanding University Language Proficiency Exam (DSH) taken in week five. During the first four weeks, each student will meet individually with the Resident Director for course counseling and draft a course list. Nearly all undergraduate courses at Universität Heidelberg are taught in German, making your performance on the DSH exam a major factor in determining which courses are suited for you. Once students have taken the DSH exam, they will have week six for a short break (second week of October/ second week of April).

Students are encouraged to attend as many courses as possible during the first two weeks of the classes in order to make informed decisions when selecting courses. By the end of the second week of the semester a final course selection is agreed upon and signed by the student and the Resident Director. This final course selection cannot be changed. An official copy will be sent to student's home campus.

Aside from the mandatory preliminary course, students enroll in four additional courses, or three courses and an academic internship. Most courses earn three U.S. credits (0.75 GAC units). Occasionally, a course might have a tutorial or a lab earning an additional credit( 4-credit courses are worth 1 GAC unit). Your total number of credits as a full-year student will be 30-32 credits (7.5 to 8 GAC units).

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Heidelberg in winter

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