Freiburg Summer University intensive courses for international students have contributed to the unique atmosphere of the University of Freiburg for more than 100 years.

Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest mountains, Germany's Green City with its historical monuments and ecological policy offers a classic blend of old and new. The diverse cultural life of the city and the long-standing university will ensure that you have a great and inspiring time. Courses available for levels B1, B2, and C1. 

Fields of study

  • German Language

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university website

Credit equivalent 

7 ECTS = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 7ECTS are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the host program for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application 

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the Freiburg entry requirements.

Apply to UQ Apply to host


Tuition will cost approximately $1,100 AUD, this does not include accommodation.

More information regarding program fees can be found on the host university website.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Although accommodation is not provided, Freiburg Summer University recommends a range of different accommodation options on their website for those participating in their programs. 


Maryse - 2019

The main reason I decided to complete this short term experience was to improve my German speaking skills. Having studied German since high school and then later at university, I felt that the main skill holding back my German fluency was my speaking ability, which can only really improve with immersion. I chose a short term experience rather than a semester exchange as it fit better with my program requirements (I also study engineering) and meant I could focus fully on improving my German. 

Read more of Maryse's story here.


Eden - 2018

Although I was only in Freiburg for a short time, I gained so much. This is particularly in terms of my language skills. I initially felt out of my depth in the language course- many other students who were in the course had been doing German for far longer than 1 year! However, in these situations I found it really helpful to look at the long term goal (which is becoming a fluent German speaker) and push through the awkward, often grammatically incorrect beginning of speaking German. 

Read more of Eden's story here.


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
Host: 15 June 2020

Program Dates

Start: 01 July 2020
End: 24 July 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad​
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.