• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: Fourth Semester German
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all German language courses
• Students from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of Iowa should apply directly to their home universities.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Social sciences, humanities, and some natural sciences.

Classroom Language



Residence Hall

Program Duration

Academic Year:  Early September to mid-August
•September:  4-week German language pre-session
•Mid-Oct to mid-Feb: Winter semester university and AYF courses
•Mid-Feb to mid-April: break
•Mid-April to mid-August: Sommer semester university and AYF courses and exams

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Year 2018-19  12/8/2017
Extended Deadline: 3/2/2018
December 8 is the PRIORITY deadline. Students who meet the priority deadline will be notified of acceptance by the end of December. The FINAL deadline to apply to the program is in March.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Germany, Freiburg
Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF)

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Perfect your German while experiencing life & culture in one of the most environmentally advanced cities in Europe!  The Academic Year in Freiburg program (AYF) is offered by a consortium of institutions:  Michigan State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and UW-Madison.

AYF provides the unique opportunity to improve your German language skills while taking a variety of courses.  In addition to AYF-designed courses (available exclusively to AYF participants) you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in university courses at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat and other local educational institutions.  You may select from almost all Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat courses offered in the humanities, social sciences and most other disciplines.

Academic internships are available for students during the spring semester!  For more information about this exciting opportunity, click on the Academics tab.

Interested in learning more?  Contact Brendan, an IAP Student Marketing Coordinator and former AYF participant.

Guaranteed scholarship for 2018-19 UW-Madison participants!
Each UW-Madison student who participates in the 2018-19 program will receive a $2500 scholarship donated by two UW alumni, Josie & Geoff Fox.

For several years, the program has been able to offer scholarships of varying amounts to qualified participants as a result of grants from the Max Kade Foundation and Freiburg Madison Sister City. Additionally, students with exceptional academic records may also be nominated for Baden-Wurttemberg Scholarships available through the University of Freiburg (funded by the state of Baden-Wurttemberg).  Apply by the Priority Deadline to be eligible for AYF-specific scholarships!

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • gain competence with the German language, and knowledge of German culture, history, and the arts
  • integrate into the academic and social environment of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
  • undergo an immersion experience in a supportive environment
  • achieve personal development and growth