University of Bamberg
Located in Bavaria, and often called the "Franconian Rome", Bamberg has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1993 due to its picturesque medieval architecture.
The Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg was originally founded in 1647 and has existed in its modern form since 1979. Most of the university's buildings and 12,000 students can be found in the heart of the Old Town district. The Bavarian influence - often the stereotypical "Germany" that North Americans think of including Octoberfest, leiderhosen, and german pretzels - is clearly seen throughout Bamberg's historical districts, including the quaint Klein-Venedig ("Little Venice"), and cultural events in the region.
Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov. 1, 2020
- Werklund School of Education
Bamberg offers a wide variety of programs taught in English - including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Statistics, Political Science, Communication, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, and German.
Additional programs taught in German include the above programs but also include Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, Archaeology, Art History, History, Asian Studies, Geography, and Germanic/Romance/Slavic Studies.
Students at Bamberg typically take 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. 1 UofC half course equivalent = 6 ECTS credits. Students are also able to take courses from different faculties if preferred.
Course information can be found online in the Lehre section under either Vorlesungsverzeichnis or under Lehrveranstaltungen einzelner Einrichtungen (Course catalogue). A list of courses that are taught in English can also be found online (an ECTS guide can be downloaded from "Download-Bereich" here. Additionally, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration publishes an ECTS guide in English, available in the resource library at CISSA. Course registration is done online upon arrival in Bamberg, once students have registered on site.
In the German grading system, 1 is the best grade and 4 is the lowest passing grade. Marks are not on a pass-fail system (please contact the exchange advisor in the sidebar for more information).
Bamberg's academic year is divided into 2 semesters. Semesters in Germany are named after the season they end in, rather than when they start (like in North America):
- The "Winter" Semester runs from early October* to late Feb/early March
- The "Summer" Semester runs from early April* to late July/early August
*an optional 3-week pre-semester German language & cultural program starts approximately one month before semester start. See FAQs for details.
Students are typically not able to finish "Winter" courses before January, so full academic year or "Summer" semester study is recommended.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.
In addition to tuition and airfare, the University of Bamberg recommends students budget approximately €700 per month, including rent. Housing cost is roughly €350 (including additional charges) per month. The mandatory Semesterticket (Bamberg's 'UPass') costs approx. €40 per semester.
Bamberg cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here
Student Tips: "Almost everything [in Bamberg] was very affordable. I found the food was a lot cheaper and overall it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. My advice is buy a bike - you can find them on kleinEbay where everyone sells bikes for 30-50 euros, but make sure you buy lights for night biking (white in the front/red in the back)! Also try to connect to the local Facebook pages as soon as you can. Many students sell their old products when they leave the dorms including bikes, cutlery, pillows, etc.! It’s a cheap way to find items and make friends. The climate changes in Bamberg just like Calgary so make sure you pack cold and warm clothes. The buses are also good to take but usually stop around 8pm. (You can find the night bus route by asking a local!)"
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Internal and External Funding opportunities for study abroad in Germany, including DAAD awards, the AGEC award, etc. are available on the funding page.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
Students can choose from single, two or three bedroom apartments in one of Bamberg's Residence Halls. Rent varies from €250-€350 per month. The University recommends that exchange students stay in residence as there is a shortage of private rental accommodation in the city.
Average cost of living is roughly €700 per month (including rent).
Student Tips: "My residence was called Pestalozzistrasse and it was older. I didn’t have a roommate and there was enough space for me. There was a bathroom, a kitchen, a working space and a bed. My residence was about a 15-minute bike ride/20 min bus ride to my classes in the city centre. There was a bed (provide your own sheets/pillows) and shelves. Sometimes students leave old dishes, but I still bought my own. There were two tables and two chairs. There was an internet cable that could only be used by being plugged into a laptop. Therefore, we had to buy internet routers (25 euro TP LINK) in the mediamarkt (about 30 min bus ride from residence). There were many cafeterias in the city. The closest one was about a 10-minute walk from the residence. There were a few restaurants down the street from the residence along with many in the inner city. There were about 5 or 6 grocery stores close to the residence (5-7 min walk). Almost all the neighbours/students in dorms are willing to help you out. I would recommend my housing arrangements because they were close to grocery stores, there are many bike racks and it was only a 15-minute drive to the city. The bus is located right beside the residence and it was nice to have a mix of exchange students and foreign students residing together. I would also recommend the residence called COE because there were many exchange students there and it seemed to be a newer building with more recreation facilities/shared kitchens for social events, although it was a little farther from the city/ grocery stores."
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
We recommend students have completed a minimum of German 204 before participating in this exchange, and for taking studies in German, 4 semesters of German study (two at 300 level or above) are required (a B2 level according to the CEFR).
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
Do I need to speak German?
For studies in German it is required. In daily life English speakers are able to function fairly well in German society with a basic knowledge of the language for shopping and eating out, etc. but it can be more difficult in terms of navigating housing or filling out forms. Bamberg recommends a B2 knowledge of English or German for this exchange, according to the CEFR.
Is there a pre-semester German language program?
Bamberg offers incoming exchange students a special 3-week preparatory German course (fees waived for exchange students) worth 6 ECTS credits (1 UCalgary half course) in early-September or early-March, which includes 60 hours of intensive German, an orientation program, excursions and other activities. The program comes strongly recommended, and successful applicants are able to speak to their academic advisor about transferring the extra half-course credit back to their UCalgary program.
Student Tips: "There were many field trips organized by the school for exchange students. My professor also took us on many weekly trips around the city where we got to learn outside of a classroom. The courses were obviously not available at UCalgary and were very interesting!"
What's so special about Bamberg?
The university offers a highly recommended tandem (buddy) program, and excellent modestly-priced excursions for exchange students - in the past this has included day trip and weekend visits to various palaces and abbeys, a samba festival in Coburg, Berlin and Potsdam, Walhalla and Regensburg, Weimar and Buchenwald, hot springs in Bad Staffelstein, Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, Lake Chiemsee & Salzburg, ski trips, and more!
Are there accessibility resources available?
Unfortunately due to historical infrastructure, Bamberg is not suitable for students or staff with mobility concerns. For any other concerns, they do offer support for students with disabilities and/or chronic diseases. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.