• 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 2016-17  12/18/2015
Extended Deadline: 3/11/2016
December 18, 2015 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 March 11, 2016.

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 Europe's greenest cities!  The Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program 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 AYF-designed and university courses at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat.  You can select from almost all university courses offered in the humanities, social sciences and most other disciplines.  Academic internships are available for students during the spring semester.

In Freiburg, the vast entertainment options include museum exhibitions, theater productions and concerts in a variety of venues, such as discos, DJs on the lake, slam poetry pubs and more. Freiburgers celebrate their culture year-round, from traditional Volksfests and Fasnacht to festivals on the Marktplatz thrown by local farms and wineries to taste their seasonal specialties.  Founded in 1457, the university is located in the heart of Freiburg and currently has an enrollment of about 21,000 students.

Freiburg is an extremely environmentally-conscious city. This is evident in all aspects of the urban landscape; bike paths, kitchen garden plots and other greenery are incorporated into city planning. Green technology is built into the infrastructure, as in the case of the Germany’s first solar-powered soccer stadium. Freiburgers old and young opt for biking as their primary mode of transportation and grocery shops charge you if you don’t bring your own bag!

The AYF Program Office is near the university. A faculty member from one of the participating U.S. universities serves as the Resident Director. The Resident Director and the local Associate Director help students with academic concerns and other aspects of daily life in Germany. For the 2015-16 year, Professor Sabine Mödersheim of University of Wisconsin will serve as Resident Director.  For a short video on the AYF program, click here.

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 (December 18) to be eligible for AYF-specific scholarships!