Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

University of Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Academic Calendar
University Affiliation
Curriculum Type and Course Offerings
Community Activities
Housing and Meals
Cost and Financial Aid

Academic Calendar Dates

Fall Semester: September-Mid December
Spring Semester: March-Early July
Full Year: September-Early July
Summer: Late May-Early July

Submit an application before the Application Deadline 


GPA of 3.0
Junior Standing
2 Years of College Level German or the Equivalent (for Semester of Year Program)
1 Year of College Level German or the Equivalent (Summer Students)

Program Website www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/distinctive/studyabroad/ajy

University Affiliation- Universität Heidelberg

Founded in 1386, the Universität Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university. Consistently ranked among the top three of German universities, it is one of the few federal recognized ‘elite’ schools in the country and home to a number of Nobel laureates. Furthermore, the University’s excellent reputation has attracted many of world-class institutions and firms to the city in such diverse areas as Medicine, Physics, Software, and Finance.

Among the prominent faculties at the Universität Heidelberg are history, political and social sciences, philosophy, classical and modern languages, natural and biological sciences, economics, theology, law and medicine. The Institute for German as a Foreign Language is the oldest such department in Germany and still serves as a model for many other universities.

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 in a modern campus on the north bank of the Neckar River.

Curriculum Type

Students have access to a large variety of courses at the University of Heidelberg and at the AJY Study Center. Courses are selected in consultation with the Resident Director once you are already in Heidelberg. Those students whose command of German is stronger (as determined in the Preliminary Course and in the German Proficiency Exam of the University) will be able to choose among an even wider selection of courses.


Semester/Year Program:

American Junior Year Courses Taught at the Study Center (Only for American Junior Year Students)

  • Aspects of Society and Culture in Contemporary Germany (Required for all semester/year students)
  • German Literature
  • Advanced German Text Comprehension and Writing

International Study Center Courses (for International Students at the University of Heidelberg)

  • German Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Text Reconstruction - various levels
  • Adv. Exercises in German Grammar and Vocabulary - various levels
  • The Language of German Films
  • Creative Writing in German
  • German for the Natural Sciences
  • Business German
  • German for Law Students
  • Visual Arts and Language
  • German History 1500-1990
  • German for Students in the Biosciences / Medicine

Institute for German as a Foreign Language (for International Students at the University of Heidelberg

  • Language, Literature, Linguistics and German Studies Courses

Additional University Courses (for Students Who Pass the University’s Foreign Language Proficiency Exam)

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Ethnology
  • German
  • History
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Law
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology

Note: The list above is a sampling a departments that past students have taken courses in.

AJY Internships

New partnerships with local institutions are enabling qualified American Junior Year students to take part in internships during their studies at the University of Heidelberg. Prior to their departure from the U.S., AJY students are informed about internship opportunities. They apply for a particular internship by the start of their semester in Heidelberg. Academic qualifications and relevance to a student’s academic and professional goals are the primary selection criteria. Students are assigned to work with a supervisor at a hosting institution. They spend approximately 8 hours a week at that institution and write a term paper relating to their internship experience enabling them to earn 3 semester hours of credit.

Summer Program:

 Students take courses that focus on German language and culture. http://www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/distinctive/studyabroad/ajy/summer

Community Activities

In order to meet Germans outside the academic environment, all students are encouraged to participate in non-academic activities such as a sports club, choir, volunteer work, orchestra, cooking class, church or synagogue, after school program with children, etc.

The American Junior Year staff will help you find the activity that is right for you and will assist you in making the initial contact. Note that for people interested in service-learning or volunteering, AJY works closely with the Freiwilligenbörse, a local volunteering center.

In recent years, AJY students have taken part in the following:

  • Dance classes (from ballroom dancing to Salsa)
  • Discussion Groups
  • Music (assorted choirs, orchestras, bands, etc.)
  • Sports (basketball, crew, fitness, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, etc.)
  • Student ministries of numerous faiths
  • Volunteering (nursery homes, schools, environmental conservation, etc.)



Semester/Year: Rather than placing you together with other Americans, AJY housing is spread out across Heidelberg. You will live in a dormitory or in a shared apartment (Wohngemeinschaft) with German students. This enables you to speak German informally with your neighbors. All dorm rooms are fully equipped and have access to a shared kitchen and bath facilities. Most rooms are singles and housing is usually centrally located, requiring only a short walk or bus ride to and from classes or other activities. Your room will be available from the day the group arrives in Heidelberg for the duration of your enrollment in the program.

Summer: Students live with host families.


Semester/Year: Students usually prepare breakfast on their own. For noon and evening meals, they may take advantage of the very reasonably-priced offerings at the University cafeteria. The five University cafeterias offer reasonably priced meals at all hours of the day. There are also a number of smaller eateries in the city center catering to students, as well as weekly farmer’s markets. Since all rooms have access to cooking facilities, many students cook occasional meals with fellow students in their apartments or dorms.

Summer: Students live with host families and eat two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) there.

Program Fees

Tuition and Fees 2014-2015:

  • Full Year — $ 24,900
  • Fall Semester — $11,950
  • Spring Semester — $12,450
  • Summer- $6, 275 (includes housing and partial board)

Housing Costs (in Euro:

  • Full Year — € 4,410
  • Fall — € 2,120
  • Spring — € 2,280

OIP Fee: $1,000 for Semester/Full Year, $500 for Summer

Aid Transfer

Loyola Scholarships and Grants (Semester/Year Only), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP).

Note: Loyola Scholarships and Grants are limited to two students a semester and will be given to the individuals who complete their Loyola Study Abroad Application first.


Check out some photos from Heidelberg University!