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Mainz University, Germany
Mainz, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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German Program Type: Exchange
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Prior Language Study Required:
4 semesters completed
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Academic Subject:
Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, French, Geography & Tourism, Geology, German, History, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Sports & Exercise Science, Telecommunication, Theatre & Dance
Program Description:
Program Description:
BSU Exchange with Mainz University

What is the program about?
Located on the Rhine, Mainz is the capital of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. With about 200,000 citizens, it lies nestled in the busy Rhine-Main Area. The City of Sciences is known not only for its universities, but also for its famous media companies like the television network ZDF. The Rhine-Main Area is home to a multitude of large businesses and industries including many international companies. Thus, there are opportunities for internships accompanying your studies at Mainz.
About 35,000 students are currently enrolled at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. International students comprise nearly 15% of the student body, one of the highest percentages of any university in Germany.
Where does the program take place?
Mainz, Germany
Built on a Celtic settlement, Mainz was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire; it served as a military post for the Romans in the late 1st century BC. The city is famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press, as the first books printed using movable type were manufactured in Mainz by Gutenberg in the early 1450s. There are a variety of museums and historic and architectural attractions unique to the city. Additionally, there is plenty of nightlife. Mainz experiences a central European climate, characterized by warm, occasionally hot summers and cool — rarely cold — winters. The average temperature lies above and the average rainfall below the German median.
When does this program take place?
Spring (referred to as “summer term”): Late April – Late July
Academic Year: Mid Oct – Late July
What is the program content?
There are two main courses of study available for study abroad students: 1) if a student has less than 5 semesters of German, that student can enroll in German language courses to improve fluency and take classes offered in English (the majority of classes are offered in German).
2) If a student has 5 or more semesters of German, that student can enroll in a variety of other courses taught in German. (e.g. history, communications, etc.)
Course options include Art, Art History, Biology, Business & Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, English, French, Geography, Geology, German, History, Italian, Latin, Mass Communication & Journalism, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Sports & Exercise Science, and Theatre Studies. (Special admissions rules may apply to Art, Music, and Sports & Exercise Science.)
This program site is ideal for German Language and Telecommunications majors. For the latter, if studying abroad for a full academic year, there may be opportunities to intern at the local ZDF television network for the second semester if you have a working knowledge of German.
Please note that fall semester, referred to as “winter” session, at Mainz is not available to BSU students unless that student wishes to study abroad for an entire academic year due to differences in academic calendar. Spring semester, called “summer term”, however, is an option. Beware of these different terms/labels when searching for course availability.
What is the student accommodation?
Students typically live in residence halls, arranged through a services agency called Studierendenwerk, but some may choose to rent apartments or single rooms close to the university (much more expensive than residence halls).
What is included?
All students attending Mainz pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals and living expenses (including a mandatory semester fee that gives you access to public transport and sports facilities etc.) are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for scholarships through the Rinker Center for Global Affairs. Information about these scholarships as well as the online scholarship application can be found on the Study Abroad website here.
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
Information about scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service can be found here.
Number of placements available?
What are the eligibility requirements?
Any major (special admission requirements for Fine Arts, Music, and Sports & Exercise Sciences)
Full-time student status
GPA of 3.0 or above
Students must have completed the sophomore year (4 semesters – AP credits count) at the time of departure
Must have completed at least 4 semesters of German language
Is a visa required?
U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States. See visas for more information.
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
Application deadline:            
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
Who can I contact for more information?

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