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Universitat Potsdam
Potsdam, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: German Language Requirement: 2 years German
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Universitat Potsdam


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The Universitat Postdam (UP) is one of the youngest, yet attractively located academic institutions in Germany.  Its buildings are situated in close proximity to the palaces and parks of Potsdam.  The University itself uses many historic buildings for its campus and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Even with its short history, UP is fast becoming an important address for modern research and scientific development. 

Academics
The language of instruction at UP is German.  Classes are offered in the following faculties: Philosophy, Humanities, Law, Economics, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.  Two-week preparatory German classes are offered for international students before the start of each semester.  Advanced German classes are offered by the Language Centre, though no beginner classes are offered.   

Housing & Meals
Students may live in residence halls, or off-campus in a flat.  Cooking and laundry facilities are available on each floor of the residence halls. Cafeterias and mensas are located at each of UP’s three campuses. 

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Potsdam.  Expected cost of living in Potsdam is 739 EUR per month.  Rent costs between 266 EUR per month, plus a 200 EUR first month’s deposit.  Food is estimated at 147 Euros per month.  UM financial aid can be applied towards tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.  

Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival in Potsdam.  The  minimum full-time class load is 24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester.  

Program Dates
Winter semester: mid October  to early February
Summer semester: mid April to  late July. 

Potsdam, Germany
Potsdam, located just south of Berlin, was once a city of kings and royal residences, and today is the capital of Brandenburg.  In the heart of Prussia, Potsdam is famous for its palaces and parks, gardens and villas, and its numerous museums.  Potsdam has evolved from a military post to a city of films, media, and universities.  It has a reputation as a city of learning and research, whose world-wide reputation rests upon work in the natural sciences, in physics and earth sciences.  The “Einstein Tower” on the Telegrafenberg, one of the most significant expressionist buildings, is an imposing symbol of the link between landscape, architecture, and science. 
The region of Bradenburg, known for its supreme biking, and gentle water-formed landscape is a quiet surrounding to Berlin.  Wetlands in the area allow birdwatchers to catch glimpse of rare water-fowl. Close at hand to Potsdam is the capital city of Berlin.  Complete with museums and old and new architecture, nearly 1 in 8 Berliners are immigrants from other countries.  Exploring the streets of Berlin is like touring tiny microcosms of the world. 

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: German
Language Requirement:  Two  years college-level German prior to exchange
University website:  www.uni-potsdam.de
Length of  exchange: Summer semester or academic year (semesters are winter and summer, not fall and spring)

Potsdam at a Glance
Population:
151,721

Climate:
Cool, wet winters and summers. 

Proximity to:
Berlin: 16 miles
Munich: 301 miles
Hamburg: 150 miles
Frankfurt: 245 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 04/01/2015 08/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.