The Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies -- specifically Germany's role within the European Union . Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from the former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification.
The program offers two diverse academic areas: German Language and European Studies. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to oen year of university language requirements in the summer. Additional courses in economics, history, culture, art history, literature, intercultural communication, and politics are taught in German or English to provide a well-rounded curriculum. However, the academic courses are only a part of the intended value of a program abroad. Participation in cultural activities, festivals and field trips to Hamburg, Celle, Bremen and an optional tour to Berlin also form an integral part of the program.
Lüneburg and Germany
Lüneburg, a city in the German state of Niedersachsen, is only 30 minutes south of Hamburg by train, a thriving city of 1.8 million. One of the few German cities never destroyed, Lüneburg offers an extraordinary opportunity to live in the beauty and history of a city dating back more than a thousand years. For several centuries, Lüneburg was one of the wealthiest towns in Germany and enjoyed many privileges and much prestige. Magnificent buildings, townhouses and fortifications with triple ramparts were built, as well as a moat, watchtowers and town gates. The 18th and 19th centuries brought a period of decline as the result of military conflicts and political entanglements. In 1866, Lüneburg was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia and lost many of its treasures and military fortifications. By the end of the 19th century, Lüneburg experienced a new period of expansion based on the development of a health spa, which promoted the healing properties of salt-water baths.
Today, Lüneburg is building upon its reputation as a resort destination. Besides a large saltwater swimming pool with artificial waves, it offers excellent examples of northern German Gothic brick architecture, the 13th - 14th century church of St. John, a beautiful medieval and Renaissance main square, a monastery founded in 1172 and other historical treasures too numerous to mention.
Germany is known for its modern cities and pulsating nightlife as well as its enchanting medieval towns, traditional wine villages, picturesque countryside and castles. It has one of the highest standards of living and is recognized as a scientific and technological leader in several fields.
Why Study In Lüneburg?
Notes from UC International
This program is offered through UC’s partner the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). UC is a member of the USAC consortium and many UC students study abroad on USAC programs worldwide. For this program, you will have to apply both to UC International as well as USAC directly. As long as you follow the processes required by both UC International and USAC, you will find it easy to transfer USAC credits to your UC degree, and your financial aid and UC scholarships can also apply. You are also eligible to apply for a UC International Programs grant as well as other scholarships.
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Academic Program and Course Information
One of the most important preparations before going abroad is academic planning. Students receiving transfer credit from outside institutions (exchange or external) will need prior approval to bring that credit back to UC and be registered for the appropriate study abroad course. Please refer to the UC International webpage
for more information.
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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships
For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.
UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.
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Passports and Visas
A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department's passport page for more information.
In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page
UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).
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Health and Safety Abroad
UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.
UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.
UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010
UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
- Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
- Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
- Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)in case of an emergency abroad.
All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.
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Contacts for More Information
UC International Programs
University of Cincinnati
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