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Studying in the United States

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The USA is one of the most popular destinations for studying abroad. There are a lot of good reasons for choosing a study stay in the USA. US universities and colleges offer first class conditions for studying, are very well equipped and offer a wide range of services. Many universities in the USA have an excellent reputation throughout the world. Within the USA exchange programme, FAU offers students the possibility to spend time abroad at selected partner universities within the USA.

The application deadline for the academic year 2018/19 has passed. The call for exchange applications starting in Winter Semester 2019/20 will be handled directly by the faculties.

Partner universities

1. University of Georgia (Athens)

Two places for one year or four places for one semester (it is possible to stay for one semester).

Study options: undergraduate or graduate degree programmes; all degree programmes other than Master of Business Administration (MBA), law, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees, possible paid teaching assistant position (depending on the department)

Bachelor’s students in their 2nd to 4th semester, Master’s students in their 1st to 2nd semester, students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – Gymnasium) in their 2nd to 7th semester and students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – RS/HS/GS) in their 2nd to 5th semester can apply for a study stay.

 

2. Georgia State University (Atlanta)

Two places for one year (2 semesters; not possible to stay for one semester only)

Study options: undergraduate or graduate degree programmes; admission only possible to degree programmes in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees and possible scholarship from the Hall Foundation based at the Georgia State University (665 USD in 2017/18)

Only students from the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology can apply for an exchange at Georgia State University. Bachelor’s students should apply in their 2nd to 4th semester, Master’s students in their 1st to 2nd semester, students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – Gymnasium) in their 2nd to 7th semester and students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – RS/HS/GS) in their 2nd to 5th semester can apply for a study stay.

University of Kansas (Kansas)

One place for one year; (2 semesters; not possible to stay for only one semester)

Study options: only graduate degree programmes; admission only possible to degree programmes offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to the Professional Schools except for Business, Law, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medicine.

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees and GDX scholarship from the University of Kansas (7,500 USD in 2017/18).

Master’s students can apply for a study stay at the University of Kansas in their 1st to 2nd semester and students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – Gymnasium) in their 5th to 7th semester can apply for a study stay.

Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo)

One place for one year; (2 semesters; not possible to stay for only one semester)

Study options: only undergraduate degree programmes; all offered degree programmes (not engineering)

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees; free accommodation in college (in a double room shared with another student); compulsory teaching assistantship in the German department (approx. 7 hours per week).

Special requirements: students may not be older than 24 whilst studying at Kalamazoo College. Applicants must be a native speaker of German or have comparable language skills.

Bachelor’s students can apply for a study stay at Kalamazoo College in their 2nd to 4th semester, students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – Gymnasium) in their 2nd to 7th semester and students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – RS/HS/GS) in their 2nd to 5th semester can apply for a study stay.

Minnesota State University (Mankato)

Several places for one year or one semester (it is possible to stay for one semester).

Study options: only undergraduate students; all degree programmes (not law or medicine); Master’s students at FAU can be admitted to MNSU at undergraduate level.

Funding available: waiver of tuition fees or reduction of tuition fees to 4,265 USD (in 2017/18) per semester.

Bachelor’s students can apply for a study stay at Minnesota State University in their 2nd to 4th semester, students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – Gymnasium) in their 2nd to 7th semester, students studying a teaching degree programme (Lehramt – RS/HS/GS) in their 2nd to 5th semester and Master’s students in their 1st to 2nd semester can apply for a study stay. Preference will be given to students of American Studies, Geography, Mathematics and students at the Faculty of Engineering when allocating exchange places.

Applications

No calls for applications are currently taking place. Please read the information and notices in your faculty for stays in the USA from autumn 2019.

The USA exchange programme is open to all students at FAU. Due to admission restrictions at the US partner universities, however, the exchange programme is not open to students of medicine, dentistry and the School of Law.

The requirements for taking part in the exchange are as follows:

  • You are enrolled at FAU.
  • You remain enrolled at FAU whilst you are abroad.
  • It is possible for you to be admitted to a degree programme in a suitable subject at the host university in the USA.
  • You are proficient to very proficient in English.

Places in the USA exchange programme are advertised once a year. The deadline for applications is always November of the year before the exchange is due to start. All application documents are available under downloads on the website.
  1. Please submit your application to the Central Office for International Affairs in November. You may state your preference for several host universities in your application.
  2. The selection committee holds interviews with all candidates in December. The interviews are held partly in German and partly in English.
  3. You will be informed of the decision by e-mail in December.
  4. If you are selected by the committee for a place in the USA exchange programme, you must send an e-mail to the Central Office for International Affairs by the beginning of January stating whether you intend to accept the place. This decision is binding.
  5. You should then submit your application to the partner university in the USA in either March or April. Please note that some partner universities require additional documents (such as a further letter of recommendation or the TOEFL test The final decision on acceptance is made by the host university.
  6. You will receive a letter of acceptance from the US partner university in either May or June. Now you can apply for your visa for the USA and start to organise your journey.
  7. University starts in the USA in August or September (fall term) and in January (spring term).
  8. After completing your exchange abroad please submit your final documents to the Central Office for International Affairs: confirmation of exchange, experience report and a copy of your Transcript of Records.

The decision on how places are allocated is taken by a selection committee. The members of the selection committee are Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (American Studies), Prof. Dr. Andreas Falke (International Studies focusing on Anglo-American Societies) and a representative from the Central Office for International Affairs.

The decision is based on the following criteria:

  • Course achievements and academic qualifications
  • Reasons motivating you to apply for the exchange
  • General personality
  • Level of English skills
  • Knowledge of the host country (USA)

Only applications that are complete and have been submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Letters of support must be submitted in a sealed enveloped to the Office for International Affairs.

Your application must include the following documents in order to be considered:

  • Online application form: Access to the application form will be provided in good time.
  • Curriculum vitae (1-2 pages in English)
  • Current certificate of enrolment
  • Overview of course achievements obtained to date (print off ‘Standard mit Kontenstruktur’) from mein Campus and copies of all degrees e.g. Bachelor’s degree certificate including final grade; no need to have documents certified, signed or stamped by the Examination Office.
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably in English; please use the template). The letters of recommendation may be issued by a professor or research associate from your subject area.
  • Proof of proficiency in the English language (TOEFL or mobility test from the FAU Language Centre; proof of language skills must have been obtained no more than one year ago; students studying English Studies, American Studies Studies, teaching English etc. are also required to submit evidence of their language ability).

Contact

For information, please contact exchange-overseas@fau.de