About Leipzig

Located in northeastern Germany, less than two hours from Berlin, Leipzig is the second largest city in the former East Germany. The peaceful revolution that brought an end to communist rule began here, in the Nikolaikirche (Church of St. Nicholas), in October 1989. While Leipzig is an industrial and commercial center, one-third of the city is covered by parks and woodlands that provide abundant recreational opportunities. Leipzig is also recognized as a cultural center, with an outstanding musical heritage; the composer Johann Sebastian Bach served as the city’s musical director for many years.

The Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an exchange program with the University of Leipzig, founded in 1409 and Germany’s second oldest university. This program provides HWS students the opportunity to develop German language skills and to take some courses in English alongside German students as well as other international students.


In addition to German language and culture courses (offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced), students will be able to select from a variety of English-language courses in English/American Studies and the sciences (physics is a particular specialty). For a complete list of courses please visit the CGE.

Academic Focus

This program can accommodate a variety of students and is designed for those who are interested in learning more about Germany and in developing German language skills. Students in American Studies, physics, European Studies, and German Area Studies will find the program of particular interest.


This program is open to all juniors and seniors (sophomores may be considered in exceptional cases) in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, students must have completed at least one semester of college-level German prior to the program and must take a German language course in Leipzig. Exchange opportunities depend on the availability of slots at the host institution. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened. Note: due to the timing of the academic calendar at the University of Leipzig, seniors participating in the spring semester will not be able to return in time for commencement on the HWS campus. The spring program runs from mid-March-July.


Students will reside in a residence hall administered by the University where they will live alongside German and international students. There are communal kitchen/cooking facilities so that students may prepare their own meals or they may purchase affordable meals in and around the university area.

Going Abroad With the CGE

Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees and a $550 administrative fee. This will cover credit for a four-course semester and program orientation. Note that no room or board charge is included. Students will pay housing fees directly to the host university and either purchase or prepare their own meals. Students should bring their HWS room and board fees with them to cover these expenses (full-year students will need to plan accordingly to cover two semesters). Room costs will vary depending upon the option chosen but should range from $2300— $2700. While food expenses will vary according to individual tastes, we estimate that about $2100—$2300 should be sufficient for students who prepare their own meals. Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, residence permit and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1000—$1200 from the East Coast, books at $250 and residence permit at $150. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of student expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500 above and beyond room and board. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation. Students applying to study in Germany through CGE-sponsored programs are encouraged to apply to the Julius G. Blocker '53 Endowed Fund. Those selected as "Blocker Fellows" receive support to cover a variety of expenses related to their study abroad programs. For further information visit the Julius G. Blocker '53 Endowed Fund website. The deadline for applications for the Blocker Fellowship is the same as the deadline for CGE program applications.


Application Deadline

  • This program is offered every semester. Note that spring applicants will be abroad for one semester while fall applicants will be abroad for the full academic year.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at a selected date in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs). For specific dates contact the CGE.

NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.


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