Global Education

Germany - Universität Flensburg

Flensburg is Germany's most northerly port. It sets attractively between wooded ranges of hills at the innermost tip of the Flensburg Fjord, which cuts inland between forest-fringed shores, the northern shore belonging to Denmark. Situated directly at the German-Danish border, it is considered to be the “gateway to Scandinavia” by land as well as by sea and offers over 700 years of history just waiting to be discovered by students and other visitors. As it was from Schleswig-Holstein that the Vikings set out to conquer Northern Europe during 800 to 1050 B.C., there are many archaeological sites and museums in the region giving evidence of their rich culture. When the Viking empire vanished, the region developed into a center for peaceful sea trade. From 1460, Schleswig-Holstein (now the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany) belonged to the Kingdom of Denmark and only became German in 1871. Through all the times of change, the German and Danish people have lived side by side peacefully and maintain a friendly and respectful relationship.

The Universität Flensburg, with about 4,000 students, is young; its name dating back only to 1994. The first plans to found a university in the town reach back over 300 years when Flensburg was still part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The Teacher Training College was founded in 1946 and marks the beginning of what today is the Universität Flensburg. The Universität now teaches education sciences as well as business, social sciences, energy and environmental management, and health management. The Universität Flensburg shares a large campus with the Flensburg School of Applied Sciences.  It also cooperates with the University of Southern Denmark in Sonderborg to allow students to earn degrees in an international setting. The campus of the Universität Flensburg is located only 2 km from the city centre and is easy to reach by bike, bus, or foot. 


Most courses are taught in German.  There are a good number of courses, however, taught in English (usually these are not known until close to the time of instruction so a student wanting to take courses taught in English must have a good amount of course flexibility).

Courses are available within the following fields:

At both undergraduate and graduate levels -

Mediation & Education Studies (German, English, Danish, Frisian, American and British literature, German as a foreign language, history, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, music, politics & economics, textiles & fashion, sports, technics, home economics, religion (Lutheran, Catholic), sociology, philosophy, education-primary, secondary and special needs)

International Management/Management Studies (a multilingual program with courses taught in German and English, and with language training and lectures in Danish or Spanish.  Some lectures are held at the University of Southern Denmark in Sonderborg, Denmark)

At the graduate level only –

Culture, Language and Media (Courses taught in German and English.  Focus is on literature, language, culture and visual media studies in the Northern Atlantic zone.  Courses also are offered in business and marketing.)

European Studies (Courses taught in English. This is an interdisciplinary program concentrating on aspects of international European relations in law, economics, sociology, and philosophy.  Excellent program for graduate students interested in gaining awareness of Europe’s national political systems and the institutional structures of the EU system.  It is offered at Universität Flensburg in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark and is designed to attract students from around the world interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of Europe and the European Union.)

Energy and Environmental Management (Two concentrations are available. One taught in German, for industrial countries, and one taught in English, for developing countries.)

Health Promotion and Prevention (This is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students fundamental and advanced knowledge and skills in fields of psychology of health, health education and social sciences.)


All participants who will be taking courses taught in English are required to take one German language course at the appropriate level during each semester of participation. Participants taking courses taught in German also may wish to take a German language course if time allows, as the course can be a language support to their regular studies.

Semester German Language Course
German language is taught at various levels on a weekly basis during the semester. Due to the course being offered at the Language Center, there is a cost to the course, approximately 20 to 40 Euros. 

Intensive German Language Course before start of semester
All participants are encouraged to enroll in the Intensive German Language Course offered at the Universität Flensburg three to four weeks before the beginning of each regular semester at a cost of approximately 80 Euros. Three or four levels of German are offered.  The course will greatly benefit both the student who has completed 4 semesters of German and is preparing to take courses taught in German during the regular semester and the student with less German who wants to quickly increase his/her German proficiency to get around better on the Flensburg campus and in the German town. 


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Germany and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates or better at the time of application. Those students proposing to take classes taught in German must have a minimum of two years of college-level German or the equivalent by the end of the semester prior to departure. Those students proposing to take classes taught in English must have at least one semester of college-level German completed by the end of the semester prior to departure, and if selected must take one German language course at the appropriate level during each semester of participation at Flensburg. In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.


Courses are taught on a semester basis at the Universität Flensburg. The lecture period of the winter semester runs from the middle of October to around mid February with a break for Christmas. The lecture period of the summer semester starts around the beginning of April and lasts until mid July. Prior to the beginning of classes each semester, the International Office organizes an orientation week to familiarize international students with the university and life in Flensburg and Germany. The intensive German language course will take place approximately 3-4 weeks before the start of each semester.

Please note that due to the mid February end date of the winter semester at Flensburg, students who participate in this program during the winter semester only will not return to Sacramento in time to participate in the spring semester at Sacramento State.


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) Students will pay for their travel to and from Flensburg, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Germany.

Expenses for a semester in Flensburg are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,314 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $1,350, insurance - $260, room, meals, and incidentals (including local transportation, books, clothing, entertainment) - $5,900, intensive German language course - 80 Euros (approx $105). Total: $10,929. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $20,508. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate.


For one student from this university, a stipend may be offered by the Universität Flensburg. The amount can vary and is determined by the Universität Flensburg close to the start of the semester. For the summer 2014 semester, the Universität Flensburg plans to offer a stipend of 650 € per month for up to 5 months to one participant. What the student does in exchange for the stipend varies. Activities may involve teaching English conversation, helping with an English film night, or other duties as a native English speaker. The student receiving the stipend is expected to live in the dormitory. The cost of the dormitory room (around 250 Euros per month) is automatically deducted from the stipend. The stipend can be received by an undergraduate or a graduate student and can be received for one semester or for the academic year.


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Miesha Williams (study abroad contact) in the Sacramento State Financial Aid Office. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the Office of Global Education website. For individual advising and application information on scholarships / grants for study or research abroad, you should contact Dr. Jack Godwin in the Office of Global Education. 


The halls of residence in Flensburg are run by the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein. All halls of residence offer self-catering accommodations with shared kitchens and cooking facilities. Some rooms are single units with shower/bathroom. Students must supply their own bed linens, towels, dishes, and utensils. The cost is around 250 Euros for the room per month plus a one-time security deposit. Accommodations can be arranged through the International Office of the university on a 12-month or 6-month basis. The Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein website for more detailed information on the halls of residence in Flensburg as well as other German cities is: Although there are economical apartments in town, they are extremely hard to find. The dormitory lifestyle is much more equivalent to the American apartment life since there are no usual dormitory restrictions for visitors. The university is surrounded by a beautiful Volkspark which offers many outdoor sporting opportunities. The city also offers a prompt, efficient bus system, which takes care of most local transportation needs. Very near to the university are a bank, grocery store, and youth hostel.

The cost of living is generally slightly lower than in major German cities. Students should budget for a minimum of 550 to 750 Euros monthly inclusive of rent. Breakfast and midday meals and snacks are available in the main campus refectory (Mensa).


Upon arrival in Flensburg in late September, one should still have at least one month of nice, cool, sunny weather around 18º C (65º F). The end of October brings typical Flensburg weather - rain or fog, wind and temperatures around 40º F prevail. A few crisp, clear days might appear during this time. The weather remains around 30º F until late March when the sun begins to appear more often. Snow is fairly unusual and may last one week. In spring, the temperatures begin to rise towards a peak temperature of 18º - 22º C (70º F). Layered clothing is advised since the indoor temperatures are usually too warm for heavy sweaters. One heavy winter coat is a must. A note of warning: Clothing is expensive, so keep this in mind when packing.

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