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You can apply now for stays in the USA for winter semester 2019. The deadline for applications is Monday 3 December 2018.

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.

Please check under the respective universities to see which places are available for which faculties in this round.

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 at the University of Georgia.

In this round, places at the University of Georgia are ONLY available to students at the School of Business and Economics and for students at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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 at the University of Georgia.

Places at Georgia State University are generally only available to students at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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 at the University of Georgia.

In this round, the place at the University of Kansas is ONLY open to students from the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering.

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 and meals 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 at the University of Georgia.

In this round, the place at Kalamazoo College is ONLY available to students from the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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. Preference will be given to students of American Studies, Geography, Mathematics and students at the Faculty of Engineering when allocating exchange places.

Places at Minnesota State University are available to students from all disciplines.

Applications

You can apply now for the winter semester 2019. The deadline for applications is Monday 3 December 2018. Please read the information on applying below carefully.

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 the whole time 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 in winter of the year before the exchange is due to start.
  1. You should apply via the ‘Mobility Online’ platform. You may state your preference for several host universities in your application. Please be sure to check which places you are eligible to apply for in this round. The relevant information is included under the brief description of the courses available at the respective universities.
  2. Personal application interviews may be held after the deadline for applications has passed.
  3. You will be informed of the decision by e-mail in January.
  4. You will be kept up to date with what to do next once you have been selected for a place in the USA exchange programme.
  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 selection committee is made up of representatives of the Faculties.

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.

A complete application has to include the following three steps:

  1. Registration and application via the online application form on Mobility Online.
  2. Uploading the following documents on Mobility Online:

    –  American-style résumé (1-2 pages in English)-  Letter of motivation, addressed to the university of your choice (giving both personal and subject-related reasons for your decision to apply)- 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) – Proof of proficiency in English: preferably TOEFL or IELTS, as these certificates can be submitted both to the relevant partner university and when applying for scholarships.
    Possibly mobility test from the FAU Language Centre (not valid for applying to partner university); proof of language skills must have been obtained no more than one year ago; students
    studying English Studies, American Studies, teaching English etc. are also required to submit evidence of their language ability.
  3. Submitting two letters of recommendation:– the two letters of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope to the Office for International Affairs, addressed to ‘Team Übersee’ (preferably in English; please use the template). The letters of recommendation may be issued by a professor or research associate from your subject area.

Contact

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