University of Würzburg - Science Only
Located in Northern Bavaria, the University of Würzburg (Wuertzburg) dates back to 1402 - making it one of the oldest universities in Germany.
Ranked in the top 20 universites in Germany (#14-ARWU,2018 & #19-THE,2019), the university is highly ranked in the sciences - top 200 globally in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, and Life Sciences (QS 2019). The university is famous for its stunning (and free!) 9 hectare, 17th century botanical garden with thousands of unique plant species, and the city's remarkable baroque and rococo architecture makes it an incredibly scenic place to study or relax with a coffee.
First come, first considered for remaining spaces until full or:
Mar. 15 (Fall, full year)
Oct. 15 (Winter)
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open Nov. 1, 2020
Wuertzburg offers a selection of science courses in English (listing currently closed, available after Jan 8th, 2018). Students can choose from English-taught courses in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Physics.
There are also a variety of courses taught in a hybrid of English and German, where exams may be able to be conducted in English, with permission of the professor.
In Europe, full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits), and exchange students are typically expected to take 24-30 credits per semester. 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course).
The amount of credits each course is worth corresponds to the workload/contact hours, and can vary from 1-30 ECTS per course, so please be mindful of this in your selection.
The academic year at Würzburg is divided into two semesters. In Germany, semesters are named for the season they end in, rather than the season the semester starts in:
- Winter Semester runs from early October to early March
- Summer Semester runs from early April to early August
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Living cost estimates for Würzburg can be found here.
Also, don't forget to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
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 our 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.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculty of Science, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
TASSEP is the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, a consortium designed specifically with the curricular needs of science students in mind. Canadian students have access to European Partners in the consortium.
Courses at Würzburg are primarily taught in German. If courses are all taken in English, we still recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of German 204 (or have an A2 level of German) before departing for this exchange. For most courses, applicants should have a command of German at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum, or have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in German. Certification of language proficiency may be required. Students do have the opportunity to take German language courses during their stay.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
How can I learn or improve my German?
The Language Center of the University of Würzburg offers German courses before and during the semester. These courses are free of charge for program students, and are designed for language learners with an A1-A2+ language proficiency. More information can be found here.
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. Appointments are currently on zoom.
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.