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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan, Student Arranges Flat/Apartment
Language of Study: German Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Carson Downs:
Program Description:

University of Leipzig

campus   Leipzig

Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information

Binghamton University's exchange program with the University of Leipzig offers a unique opportunity to experience the changes in Germany as the former East is reunified with the West. Participants enroll in a three-week intensive advanced German language pre-session and orientation before they take regular university courses in a wide variety of disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate level. Accommodations are in dormitories or student houses with German students. Applications are welcome from SUNY students as well as students from other colleges and universities.


Leipzig is a city that captures the imagination for the dramatic roles it has played in history. It is where vigils and demonstrations took place in 1989 as its citizens sought first the reform of socialism and then reunification. Reminders of Leipzig's historical importance abound in the city's monuments. Martin Luther debated his opponents here, and Leipzig's thriving publishing industry printed each new title he produced. For 27 years, Johann Sebastian Bach was the choirmaster of Thomaskirche; Felix Mendelssohn founded the symphony orchestra.

Today Leipzig is a bustling metropolis of about 550,000, reclaiming its traditional stature as a trade center between East and West. Music lovers will find satisfaction in the city's concert hall, Gewandhaus, the opera or informal cafe entertainment. A sports stadium attracts major events, and many museums, parks and shopping arcades invite exploration. Leipzig is also easily accessible. 


Language Pre-Session - Early September
Semester (Wintersemester) - October 8, 2018 - February 9, 2019

Language Pre-Session - Early March
Semester (Sommersemester) - Beginning of April through the middle of July

Academic Features

Founded in 1409, the University of Leipzig is situated in contemporary buildings scattered through the center of the city. There are 28,000 students of which some 1,400 come from other countries. Among the university's famous alumni are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Robert Shumann, Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche. The University of Leipzig features fourteen faculties and the university library houses over 5 million volumes. Close by is the Deustche Bucherei, where one can find every book that has been printed in German!

Intensive German Language Pre-session: The pre-session, which lasts three and a half weeks, includes an orientation, intensive German language instruction, and an introduction to German teaching and learning styles. Placement in a class is according to language level. Excursions to sites of regional interest, such as Dresden or Weimar, are part of this program.

Semester/Academic Year Courses: Binghamton's exchange program is based on direct enrollment in regular university courses. Students may participate in the program for a semester or an academic year. Content-related German instruction is offered in courses such as Business German or scientific German. Those who intend to take courses in the sciences should have a strong background in the field and be aware that access to laboratory classes may be limited.

Students may wish to consult the University of Leipzig bulletin for detailed course information; it is available in Binghamton's Department of German and Russian and the Office of International Programs. To see a list of courses students have previously taken at the University of Leipzig and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Education Abroad Course Equivalencies page. 


Students earn from 12 to 18 Binghamton University credits per semester. Approval of the credit toward the degree is the responsibility of the home campus. Credit towards the requirements of a major or a minor normally is evaluated by the relevant department. Students are urged to discuss their intention to participate in the Leipzig program with all appropriate academic advisors and to seek pre-approvals and an understanding of study abroad credit policies on their home campus.

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Student Life

Students may select from several university sponsored options: dormitories with single rooms, dormitories with German roommates or student houses. Students cook their own food and/or eat in inexpensive university cafeterias and restaurants. 

Estimate of Costs

Exchange Leipzig Estimate of Costs Fall18.pdf

In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,993.50 in-state and $20,633.50 out-of-state.

Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.

Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Binghamton German majors may apply for a Weigand Memorial scholarship in the German department. In addition, one or two DAAD scholarships are available for Binghamton participants on the exchange each year. These scholarships will contribute significantly to reducing the cost of living in Leipzig. Students applying for this program are encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships page for more information.

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Application process

The Leipzig program is open to students in all majors, undergraduate or graduate. Three years of college level German or sufficient language proficiency to take university courses is preferred; however, interested students with any German language experience should contact the study abroad adviser and/or faculty adviser for further information. An over-all grade point average of B is normally required. Applications from SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome.

The application deadline is March 15 for fall semester/academic year and October 1 for spring semester. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis.

More Information

For more information please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or email to schedule an appointment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 07/15/2019

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