Würzburg is a young old city, as the people like to say. It is an old city because of its 1,400 years of history. Each day, even without stepping into a museum, city-goers are surrounded by cultural artifacts dating back to different epochs. Yet the city is very modern because of the many young people who live there. Würzburg has one of the highest concentration of 20 to 30-year-olds in Bavaria and tens of thousands of students come to receive their education here, whether it be a university education, vocational training, or further development.
The traditions of the city, like the numerous wine festivals and taverns, are kept in the company of its youthful culture, as found in concerts at clubs. Here the old meets the new. You can watch German and international plays in no less than 15 theatres, which is a perfect way to improve your German language skills. Or celebrate at one of the party cellars, a special feature of the Würzburg nightlife. You will see that Würzburg not only offers students a chance to study at one of the top universities in the country, but also an environment which makes learning fun. Furthermore, other striking attractions include a variety of parks and gardens, not to mention the wonderful scenery surrounding Würzburg. In this region of Germany you will find Franconian wine culture, romantic old towns, and lots of treasures waiting to be discovered.
For the Spring or the Academic Year, students can study in the traditional exchange program. In this program, students take arts and sciences classes in German or English alongside their German as a Foreign Language classes. A variety of classes are offered in English. You can see a list of those classes here.
In the Fall, students can study German classes in addition to the English Language Programme, a special program offered to coincide with the North American academic calendar. You can read more about the English Language Program here.
After Your Trip:
Würzburg is a college town with no shortage of activities for international students. There is a beautiful castle to climb, a historic UNESCO World Heritage residence to explore, and a vigorous nightlife. Because about 1 out of every 4 residents of Würzburg is a college student, it's easy to make friends. You can read more about the city of Wuerzburg here.
Included in your student fees is a student ID which allows you to use public transportation within the city free of charge.
In Germany the residence halls are not usually run by the universities but are managed by an independent body, the so-called Studentenwerk.
The Studentenwerk Würzburg is responsible for nine halls of residence in different locations in Würzburg. It rents out single rooms (with shared kitchen and bathroom), single apartments or rooms in shared flats, in which students share the kitchen and bathroom. All rooms, apartments, and flats are fully furnished apart from crockery, cutlery, bed linen, and towels. The rents range from 175 € to 268 € per month, depending on the size of the room or apartment and how well-equipped it is.
Please see the Housing Application Guide, above.
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to Universität Würzburg.**
Foreign Entry Requirements
Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa since there is no way to get it changed into a student visa.
A student visa gives permission to enter Germany and to stay in the country for a short time period only (max. up to three months). In order to get permission to stay for the entire study period, students must apply for the residence permit at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt/Ausländerbehörde) within a week upon arrival in Germany.
For residents of non-EU countries a small charge will be made. Please note that you have to sign off when you leave the country!
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.