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Junior Year in Bonn

Bonn, Germany

Bonn, Germany

Program sponsor: International Office of the University of Bonn

Bonn Minster
Bonn Minster

The program offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a full semester of study abroad at the University of Bonn while only being away from Northwestern during Spring quarter and to potentially finish the NU language requirement in German. The program follows the German academic calendar, with students attending during the German "Sommersemester," which typically runs from late March through late July. To be eligible for the program, students must complete Beginning German 101-1 in fall quarter and 101-2 in winter quarter.

Students are placed in intensive beginner, intermediate or advanced level German language (meets 12 hours/week) based on pre-departure and on-site language placement exams. Students complement German language study with English-taught electives offered by the International Office in topics like German culture, media, politics and history. Students with advanced German have the opportunity to enroll in regular courses with German students in a wide variety of disciplines at the University of Bonn.

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Program Requirements


Although Northwestern's GPA requirement is a 2.5, the University of Bonn requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Successful completion of Beginning German 101-1 and 101-2 in fall and winter quarters at Northwestern.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete the University of Bonn application by their November 30th deadline.

Term notes

German "Sommersemester" runs from early April to mid-July; NU students arrive in Bonn on April 1.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Students live in a suite with 3-4 other students in the University of Bonn dorms. Students have their own room and share bath, kitchen and living facilities.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board
  • Transportation
  • Books & supplies
  • Personal expenses
  • Residence permit
  • GeoBlue

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

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