Study Abroad

IES Freiburg: Language and Area Studies

  • Location: Freiburg, Germany
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: German
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Freiburg is a city of curving streets, medieval architecture, and beautiful cathedrals. With a young population and a small town feel, Frieburg offers many opportunities for cultural integration, making it the perfect place to study German. A center for progressive thinking on environmental issues, Freiburg is also known for taking the lead in the development for eco-friendly technologies and architecture. The city now attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world.  Located on the edge of the scenic Black Forest, an hour away from the towering Alpine mountains, France, Switzerland, and other interesting regions of Germany, Freiburg is a year round sports center and an ideal starting point for exploring Europe.

Steeped in rich history, Freiburg is also a modern bustling town and home to the renowned the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, one of Germany’s top universities and takes great pride in its traditions. Founded in the 15th century, the faculty and researchers have made history in numerous disciplines. Today the University is flourishing more than ever—it ranks among the top 8 universities in Germany and was recently awarded the Excellence Initiative by the German government for the promotion of science and research.


Students must have completed four semesters of college-level German (intermediate or equivalent). Students must have taken an appropriate level German course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Some university courses are not available to sophomores. Students must also enroll in an appropriate-level IES German language course.  Courses at the university during the fall semester run from October through February. Therefore, German majors (and minors) who require major/minor credit may wish to go abroad during the spring semester or for the full year.

Academic Credit

Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance.

German majors and minors are expected to take the majority of their courses in German at one of the University.  Non-German major/minor students must enroll in at least one course at one of the universities. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


The program provides rigorous undergraduate study in German Language, the social sciences, humanities, business, and economics. The IES Center is located in the newly renovated Villa Gleichenstein in the heart of Freiburg and within walking distance to the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.  Internships are available for credit in government agencies, NGO’s, political parties, businesses, and advocacy groups; previous placement at International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, the United Nations in Geneva, Citibank, and Whale Computers. Volunteer opportunities in the Freiburg community with social service agencies.

IES courses are taught by distinguished native faculty, in German language.

Course Highlights

Art History, Business, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, Literature, Theater, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Studio Art, Music and Voice. Wide range of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences offered at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg. Art courses offered at Zeichen-und Malschule Georg Schell and music courses offered at Jazz and Rock Schule Freiburg.

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Three-week orientation program on language and life in Freiburg.

Number of Students

Approximately 40-60 students attend each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

The IES Abroad program locates housing that reflects typical student accommodations.  Students live in a single or double room with German and international students in a suite arrangement with a shared kitchen and bath.  As is customary in Germany, the suites are co-ed. Single rooms are not co-ed and considered private study/living area.  Meals are not included in the program fee.  Students typically prepare meals at their residence or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias.

Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester/Year


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to late June/July

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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