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  • Locations: Köln, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Undergraduate
Academic Theme: University Wide Credit Offered: UC Credit
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English, German Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:

Program Overview

The International Co-op is a formal program that integrates culture, language, and professional experience abroad.
The International Co-op Program [ICP] provides students with comprehensive language instruction as well as cross-cultural communication skills.  Those skills, combined with a year of co-op experience in the US, prepares students for a capstone six-month co-op assignment abroad junior year.
During the first three domestic co-op semesters, students gain critical work experience.  Each semester they increase their knowledge base, by gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular area, or by broadening their knowledge of a variety of areas.  In addition to the co-op experience, students complete a rigid preparation program and must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible for an international assignment.  Courses in the preparation program consist of:
  • Orientation to International Co-op – a one credit hour course that introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of living and working abroad.
  • Choice of one humanities and/or social science course (BOK) from a list of approved options.
  • A six-week intensive language class, partial summer semester, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.
  • A traditional three-credit hour language class fall semesters, following the summer intensive.
  • A ten-day intensive language program in the spring, just before students begin international co-op assignments.

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The spring intensive German class begins the overseas component of the ICP.  Students in the German program stay at a youth hostel in Köln, Germany.  They have classroom sessions in the morning, and participate in a variety of professional and cultural activities in the afternoon.  They become familiar with transportation systems, postal services, banking, shopping, and other activities and services that they will utilize while living and working abroad for eight months.
Following the spring intensive classes, students go to their individual work sites, which are with companies and research facilities in most cities in Germany, where they complete an eight-month co-op assignment.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Matriculated students in a UC Co-op College (co-op participation is optional in the College of Business)
  • Students who have completed at least two quarters in their co-op college
  • Students who have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher (transfer students must maintain a 3.0 GPA since their transfer into a co-op college)

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students completing the program receive a certificate for the International Co-op Program at graduation.  German International Co-op Program Requirements and Curriculum Schedule.

ICP students must remain in good standing with their college and the Career Education and Experiential Learning. In addition, all ICP students are required to:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Remain "on track" with coursework in their discipline.
  • Complete all required ICP language and culture courses.
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behavior in all co-op assignments, both in the US and abroad.
  • Comply with the University Of Cincinnati Student Code Of Conduct and with the Professional Practice Program Standards of Professional Conduct, as specified in the Professional Practice and Experiential Learning Student Handbook.
  • Meet with the ICP Director (Gayle Elliott) on an annual basis to discuss progress in the program, and academic and professional goals.
  • Meet with the ICP Director during fall semester of senior year to discuss overseas co-op assignment and experiences with the International Co-op Program.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements could result in warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the International Co-op Program.

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Gayle Elliott
Associate Professor
Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-5433

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Living Arrangements

Students in Germany are responsible for finding their own housing.

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Getting There

Students organize their travel arrangements.

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Program Costs

An estimate of the cost per student is listed below.  Because students work in a variety of cities, there is a wide variance of costs.  For example, the cost of living in Munich is significantly higher than the cost of living in smaller cities.  The amounts listed below for housing, travel, and cultural activities are averages for costs across Germany.

Estimated Program Costs: 
Course Registration:  $930
($465 x 2 semesters)
Cultural Vistas Visa Assistance: $450
GRMN 1061- Six week intensive German language
course (1-6 credit hours)
($450 x 3crd. hrs)
PD4081- Instructional fee for 2 week spring
language program in Köln, Germany (2 credit hours):
($450 x 2crd. hrs)
Housing: $6400.00
($800 x 8 months)
Airfare: $1,000-$1,400
CISI Insurance (Required):  $245
($30.60 x 8 months)
Transportation, Travel, and Cultural Activities: $1600
($200 x 8 months)
Estimated Total $13,075

Students do receive compensation from co-op employers, but the amount varies by company.  In Germany the compensation received is usually adequate to cover food and housing as well as transportation to work.  All additional expenses are the responsibility of the student.  An additional opportunity cost of participation is that students give up approximately ten weeks of co-op earning to complete the intensive language program.

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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, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

Students in the ICP Germany Program will work with Cultural Vistas, a third party for visa assistance.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

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 know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety 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.

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:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • 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.

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Contacts for More Information

Gayle Elliott
Career Education and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-5433
Erin Cohen
Manager of International Programming
Career Education and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0115
(513) 556-4535

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