Universität Leipzig, Germany

The status of this exchange is currently under review; students who wish to apply should have at least one other program option. 

Mount Holyoke may nominate students for study at the University of Leipzig for a full academic year or for second semester. Each year we may select one full-year student as our official exchange candidate; this student receives a tuition waiver and a stipend from the University of Leipzig. Priority is given to qualified students who are receiving need-based financial aid at Mount Holyoke. We may nominate up to five additional students each year to enroll as junior year abroad students (for the full year or spring semester); these students also receive a tuition waiver, but do not receive a stipend. Any qualified student may apply for the junior year abroad program regardless of her financial aid status.

University of Leipzig

  • Founded in 1409, the second oldest university in Germany
  • Approximately 30,000 students (8% international students, from 130 countries)
  • Comprehensive university offering a wide range of courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences

City of Leipzig

  • Located in the eastern part of Germany, in the Free State of Saxony
  • Known for its rich tradition of music and culture
  • Population about 510,000
  • Active network of MHC alums (primarily former Foreign Fellows) offers advice, support, and friendship to MHC exchange and junior year abroad students

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: Winter Semester runs from mid-October to mid-February, Summer Semester from mid- April to late July
  • Exchange students must study at Leipzig for the full academic year (students who wish to study abroad for one semester may apply for Laurel Fellowships for the second semester program as junior year abroad [non-exchange] students)
  • Students applying as Junior Year Abroad students may apply for the full academic year or for second semester
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by Leipzig to its degree-seeking students
  • Students may register for courses in any combination of subjects
  • All students are strongly encouraged to take the three-week preparatory language and orientation course (offered in September for full-year students, and in January for second semester only students)

Living Arrangements

  • Students may apply to live in a private apartment, with German students; students enrolling for the full academic year may apply to live in a Leipzig student hall of residence

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at Leipzig
  • Must have completed at least four semesters of German language study prior to enrolling at Leipzig

Financial Arrangements for the Exchange

  • Exchange student pays no tuition to MHC or to Leipzig
  • Exchange student pays directly for room fees, and is responsible for her own meals, as well as a nominal university fee, required health insurance, books, personal expenses, and travel to Leipzig
  • Exchange student receives a stipend from the University of Leipzig to help cover living expenses (€350 per month in 2012-13)
  • Exchange student is eligible for a Barrett Travel Award of $1,000, from the German Studies Department, to cover travel expenses
  • Most students will find that the stipend, plus their family contribution and federal or outside aid for which they are eligible, will be sufficient to cover their costs for the year
  • Exchange students for whom those resources are not sufficient are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC study abroad fee, University of Leipzig fees, cost of orientation program, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare
  • Mount Holyoke ordinarily may nominate only one exchange student each year, but may award Laurel Fellowships to additional students for the junior year abroad program for the year (or second semester)

Study at Leipzig for Junior Year Abroad (Non-Exchange) Students

  • Application to junior year program for year or second semester is open to all qualified students, regardless of their financial aid status
  • Financial aid recipients who wish to study abroad for less than a year may apply for Laurel Fellowships to study at Leipzig as junior year abroad (non-exchange) students for the second semester
  • Junior year abroad student pays no tuition to MHC or to Leipzig
  • Junior year abroad student is responsible for room and board, orientation program fee, nominal university fees, Mount Holyoke’s study abroad fee, required health insurance, books, personal expenses, and travel to Leipzig

How to Apply (for all students)

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad (and Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due early in December for the full year, late March for spring
  • Students will be notified by early February (for the full year) or early May (for spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange or junior year abroad program
  • Exchange and junior year abroad nominees will complete Leipzig’s application for admission; students must also be accepted by Leipzig