North Central College - Naperville, IL

Universität Heidelberg

Universität Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany

Fall Term

Full Year 

NCC Students in Heidelberg


Program Overview

This program at Germany's oldest university is designed for students who are serious about improving their German language proficiency. Founded in 1386, Universität Heidelberg is consistently ranked among the top three of German universities. It is one of the few federally recognized "elite" schools in the country and home to a number of Nobel Laureates. All courses are taught in German. Among the prominent faculties at Universität Heidelberg are history, political and social science, 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.

A special study center, located on University Square in the heart of the old city of Heidelberg, provides a central place for students to relax between classes, watch television, read newspapers, use computers and complete homework assignments -- all, of course, in German.

Universität Heidelberg website


Internships are available

Each semester, a number of internships are offered through various partner institutions. These run concurrently with the semester at Universität Heidelberg. Students spend eight hours per week at their host institution and complete a term paper at the end of the internship.

Eligibility Requirements

Junior or senior level with at least one year of college-level German; GPA 3.0 preferred


Academic Credit

Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

For the first four weeks of the program, students take all German and culture courses four hours a day. The fifth week, students take a field trip. Upon return from the field trip, students take the DSH German language examindation. This examination is given to all international students and determines your level of German language proficiency. Students do not know what classes they will take before they leave to study abroad; courses taken abroad are determined once Universität Heidelberg has received students DSH examination results.


Housing and Meals

Single room in a residence hall or shared apartment. If choosing to live in an apartment, past NCC students suggest that future students choose to live in the city rather than the suburbs, and more specifically the "old city" area. In the apartments, NCC students have their own room and share a kitchen and lounge area with their roommates (other international students and Germans).

Meals:  not included in program fee. Students must prepare their own meals in a shared apartment kitchen.


Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universität Heidelberg) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.




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