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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: German, Limited English Options
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Study in Germany!


The beginnings of teacher training in Karlsruhe go back as far as 1757 though the University of Education in its present form was established in 1962. With an enrollment of over 3,000 students taught by 180 faculty members, the university’s focus is on the quality of educational processes, teaching and learning in different subject areas and contexts, as well as general issues of capacity building. The university combines a solid basic education for teachers of various grades with basic skills for people who want to be active in other areas of education as well as professional training and service offerings that are combined with research and development at a high level.


Karlsruhe is a liberal and pleasant green city in southwest Germany, at the edge of the Black Forest on the Rhine River and near the French border. It has about 300,000 inhabitants and is the seat of important federal government institutions. From the Palace Gardens to the many cinemas, from the theatres and museums to the lively pub scene, Karlsruhe offers a wide range of cultural and leisure activities for its residents and visitors.

Academic Calendar

  • Academic Year: Early October to Mid March (Intensive German program begins in early September)
  • Spring Semester: Early April to Late July (Called Summer Semester in Germany)
Due to Karlsruhe's calendar exchange students are only able to study at Karlsruhe for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Karlsruhe website.



Like most German universities, Karlsruhe University of Education does not own its own halls of residence, but they do provide exchange students with assistance in finding accommodation in Karlsruhe.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to Karlsruhe or their housing provider.

For more information about housing please visit Karlsruhe’s accommodation webpage.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1500 $1000 - $1500
Housing $1500 - $1800 $2800 - $4000
Housing Deposit $300 - $400 $300 - $400
Meals $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Local Transportation $150 - $200 $300 - $400
German Residence Permit (for US Citizens) $100 $100
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $1500 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester).
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the Karlsruhe website for additional information about living costs.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


During the Fall semester Karlsruhe only offers courses taught in German so students will need to be at the advanced level to apply for the Academic Year program.  During the Spring semester Karlsruhe offers English-taught courses in TESL, English, and Cultural Studies.  For information about the course offerings for visiting students please visit the Exchange Student course web page.  For listings of courses by term please visit the Course Catalogue.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Karlsruhe program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.