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You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct enroll plus Provider courses, Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters of German with a grade of ‘B’ or better or equivalent
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: German
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Laura Stipic
Special Opportunities: Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:
Heidelberg Program Banner
Heidelberg is one of Germany's most beautiful cities. It is also the classic German student city -- bustling with a wide range of cultural activities such as theater, dance, and music and all types of shops, student pubs, and sports facilities. Heidelberg is located on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany -- one of the sunniest and warmest corners of the country. Today, Heidelberg is also known for its sidewalk cafes and for the friendly, relaxed approach to life of the typical Heidelberger. The castle courtyard is used in the spring and summer for outdoor concerts and opera productions. Ship tours leave regularly to explore the castles along the Neckar valley. There is a re-creation of the burning and destruction of the castle three times each summer. During early December, the Universitätsplatz and Marktplatz are host to the colorful Weihnachtsmarkt. More than ten museums and several theaters and concert halls attest to the vibrant cultural life of the city. With more than 140,000 inhabitants, Heidelberg is large enough to have a lively cultural scene and yet small enough to not be overwhelming.

As a student at Heidelberg Universität through the American Junior Year program at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio (AJY), you will find yourself in one of the most stimulating environments available to any undergraduate anywhere in the world. The city becomes your campus when school is in session. Students congregate in local cafes, or head to one of the local cafes for a lunch with friends.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Early September through late July
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Early March through late July

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Study at Universität Heidelberg through the American Junior Year program (AJY), administered by Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio
  • AJY welcomes students majoring in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences
  • The program begins with a four-week intensive Aspects of Society and Culture in Contemporary Germany which includes intensive language training and regional excursions
  • Students enroll in one course taught by AJY as well as courses at Universität Heidelberg
  • All coursework will be in German. Program tutors are available to assist
  • Courses completed on the AJY program will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average
  • All students participating in the Heidelberg program are required to enroll in at least one AJY taught course and at least one course taught at Heidelberg Universität
  • For further information about the AJY program in Heidelberg, access the AJY website or make an appointment to talk with one of our staff members in 105 Main Building
Site Calendar
  • Academic year students have a semester break in February
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to juniors and sophomores
  • Students may apply for spring semester or the academic year
  • Must have at least two years of college-level German (or the equivalent) with an average grade of B or better in those courses
Special Considerations
  • This program is a two-stage acceptance program: students must first apply through myNDabroad. Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through the AJY and Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.
  • Due to regulations regarding the Residency Permit, students going to Germany should plan on maintaining their US-based family or independent health insurance as Germany requires unlimited health insurance coverage for the duration of stay.
Special Opportunities
  • Internships in a variety of areas and disciplines are possible
  • Community and service activities
  • Extra curricular activities are a required part of this program

Housing and Meals
Students will reside throughout Heidelberg in a dormitory or shared apartment (Wohngemeinshaft) with German students. This arrangement enables the students to speak German informally with your roommate and neighbors. All rooms are fully equipped and have access to a shared kitchen and bath facilities. Housing is usually centrally located, requiring only a short walk or bus ride to/from classes and other activities. Your room will be available from the day the group arrives in Heidelberg through to the end of your program. Notre Dame will provide a monthly meal allowance (stipend) to help partially defray some of the food costs. Students will be responsible for all meals as no meals are included in the program.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

Relevant Links
American Junior Year (AJY) websites:

This program is currently not accepting applications.