The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Winter 2020-21 and Spring 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you!
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) is an internationally acclaimed university offering a wide range of subjects. Established for the first time in 1402, the University of Würzburg is now offering more than 100 subjects from the humanities, social and natural sciences, life sciences, medicine and selected areas of engineering. The university is home to:
28,878 students, including
16,430 female students
2,629 international students
4,415 students in their first semester at university
Learn more about: the Mission statement at JMU.
The Wurzburg English Language Program is available Fall semester and over the summer. You can take a variety of classes within the WELP. Each semester offers different courses. Please see the WELP website for more information. If you want to take regular university courses taught in German, please contact us immediately. Because the Wurzburg Academic calendar does not align with most US calendars, you may be limited to doing only spring semester or a full year.
Credits from the host university will be converted to SUNY credits as follows: ECTS credits are divided by 2 and rounded up for each course. (EX: 5 ECTS credits = 3 SUNY credits) The pre-session language course is worth 5 SUNY credits. Students are allowed to take up to 19 SUNY credits on top of the 5 credits earned in the language course as it is a pre-session course and does not count towards the 19 credit limit.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
The current courses in the WELP are available online.
Other courses taught in English can be found here online here.
Review Wurzburg University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Your courses are taught by local faculty.
Housing is guaranteed if you apply before June 15th for Fall or January 15th for Summer. More information can be found here: Accommodations through the Studentenwerk. Note, that the length of stay is 6 or 12 months and an extra month can be added if you are participating in the language course. A tutor (mentor) will help you get your keys when you move in.
Students also are able to make their own housing arrangements.
There are many places to eat on and near campus. No meal plan is provided. You can get a discount at the student Cafeterias by showing your student ID card.
Estimate of Costs
Please also review Wurzburg University’s costs and financing page for more details and recommendations.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
You must be in good academic standing to participate and students with higher GPAs receive priority. Students at any level are eligible to participate in the WELP. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.
All participants who expect to take regular university courses taught in German must have completed at least three semesters of college-level German; more is recommended. Students should have a minimum of a B average in German and a minimum overall average of B minus.
Note: Housing applications for the SUMMER WELP are due January 15th.
As part of WELP: Every semester the programme offers also extracurricular activities. Manifold events outside the classroom include receptions by state authorities and visits to local museums, as well as guided tours and excursions (e.g., to Bamberg). Social life is fostered by a wine tasting and a brewery visit. There is also an excursion to Berlin that takes place every spring term.
Student Clubs and Organizations
A scholarship of around 600€ per month is available for exchange students studying for a period of up to 10 months. Details about the scholarship are available during the application process. This scholarship is subject to change in amount or availability.
Bridge the GAP Scholarship for UAlbany students
The Bridge the GAP scholarship recognizes UAlbany students with a strong academic record who are participating in a qualifying SUNY study abroad program. Applicants should demonstrate both academic merit and financial need, as well as be prepared to promote education abroad opportunities in meaningful ways upon return. Creative thinking on all levels is strongly encouraged in your application. Scholarship award allocations are determined by the duration of your program, your essay, and your financial need.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities for UAlbany students
Students to applying to the:
Non-NY residents applying to UAlbany’s exchange programs at:
- Wuerzburg University in Germany
- HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands
- University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom (England)
The Bridge the GAP scholarship application is available when you begin your online UAlbany education abroad application. No additional application, aside from the Bridge the GAP scholarship application, is needed for the additional funding opportunities mentioned above. UAlbany students applying to other SUNY study abroad programs must still register in UAlbany’s Education Abroad application system for the Bridge the GAP scholarship.
The Bridge the GAP Scholarship funds, regardless of the recipient(s), are to be used for non-tuition education abroad expenses (e.g.: Education Abroad Differential, Education Abroad Program Charge, mandatory fees, housing, meals, living expenses, books, travel expenses).
The Education Abroad office reserves the right to reduce the scholarship amount if you receive other external scholarships, and the total of your financial aid and scholarships is well above the actual cost of the program.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Going abroad was one of my main goals ever since I came to UAlbany back in 2015. I got the opportunity to study in Würzburg, Germany last year and it was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life! Being able to experience another culture was extremely rewarding for several reasons. First of all, it allowed me to not only gain more perspectives that previously I would have never even thought about, but it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and emerge as a more mature and nuanced person. While living and studying abroad I got the opportunity to experience a completely different culture and do some amazing things like visit beautiful palaces and castles, meet new friends from all over the world, try new foods that I still love to eat, and improve on my German skills by gaining firsthand experience. Because Würzburg is right in the center of Germany, travelling to places like Munich or Berlin was easy. There are tons of deals that you as a tourist can get from the DB (Germany’s state railway network) or other places like EuRail that allow you to travel around Germany and Europe for relatively cheap. Travelling around the cities were fairly easy to navigate. The cities encourage tourists and do their best to make sure that you have as much fun as possible! My favorite cities have to be Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin. Overall, I am so glad that I decided to apply for UAlbany’s Study Abroad program. If you’re still unsure about whether or not you should apply to study abroad, stop worrying and just do it! Trust me, you will not regret the experience for a second.” – Matheson Curry, History Major
Funny anecdotes, interesting tips and reasons to come to Wuerzburg! Read here, what international students have to tell about their stay in Wuerzburg.
About the City
Where in Germany is Würzburg located?
Studying in Würzburg means living right in the middle of Germany. The city is situated so favorably along railway and motorway junctions that it is inevitable. With its 124,000 inhabitants it is large enough to offer everything a student needs for living. Yet it remains small enough to provide everything within reach. Frankfurt International Airport is also close by.
Check out this Brochure about visiting Wurzburg.
Learn more about the City of Wurzburg.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You do not need a visa before you arrive however, You will need a residence permit upon arrival. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019-2020
10/14/2019 to 7/24/2020
Please contact us if you are interested in participating for a full academic year, separate from the WELP.
The following are the dates for the WELP (unless otherwise noted):
10/13/2019 to 12/21/2019
German Language course: March 2020. Regular University Courses: 4/20/20 to 7/24/20. WELP Courses: 5/18/20 to 7/24/20.
5/18/2020 to 7/24/2020 *Note: Housing applications for the SUMMER WELP are due January 15th.
Review the Academic Calendar online. Housing is rented in 6 or 12 month leases. Your arrival and departure date could be significantly different than the dates listed above. Also note, the 4 week intensive language course is NOT included in the dates above and is held in September and March.
About the Program
The Wurzburg English Language Program (WELP) offers you the opportunity to take classes in Germany, in English, taught by German professors. It is also possible to take practical German language classes.
A detailed Fact Sheet is available that summarizes much of what you may need as an exchange student.
It is possible to take courses in German if you are proficient in the language. Please contact us if you are interested in studying at Wurzburg but not through the WELP. Note that the semester dates do NOT align with UAlbany.
Wurzburg has an excellent tutor (mentor) program for you. The tutors are volunteer students who are there to help you with getting acclimated. You can contact them before you arrive as well!
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at University of Würzburg, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
University of Würzburg’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.