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Semester or Year Abroad - Germany

Kogod School of Business Germany

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Mgmt.

Vallendar, Germany

Fall, Spring, or Full Academic Year

About the Program

The Kogod School of Business developed this student exchange program with one of the top-ranked business schools in Germany, the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. WHU emphasizes an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to business and maintains high academic standards for its diverse student population.

As part of this program, AU students directly enroll in WHU for a semester or academic year, joining full-time WHU students as well as up to 100 other exchange students per semester from 30 different countries.

WHU provides an excellent support system for its incoming exchange students, called "Tauschies", including the VIP (Vallendar Integration Program) and numerous social activities. WHU is located in Vallendar, Germany, directly on the famed Rhine River and less than an hour from both Frankfurt and Cologne. The Rhineland is one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes in Europe, and its advantageous location near France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands makes it an ideal home base for travel throughout Europe.

Additional information for students interested in this program can be found on the WHU Incoming Exchange Student website and in the WHU Information Material for Exchange Students. Interested students should note that WHU is an academically rigorous program which requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.


As a leading German business school, WHU offers a range of business core and specialization courses in a broad range of fields, including Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management.

While 80% of undergraduate classes are taught in English, WHU offers sufficient courses taught in German to make it an excellent study abroad option for Kogod's BLC students on the German track.

Sample course options (subject to change depending on availability) can be found on the WHU website Online Course Guide. Please note that certain courses are only offered during the fall semester, while other courses are only offered during the spring.

Free German language courses are also available for exchange students.


WHU offers international students support in finding their housing accommodations, which include on-campus or off-campus options. Once accepted into the program, students complete a housing application indicating their preferences based on location, amenities, and cost; assignments are made on a first come, first served basis.

Estimated cost for on-campus accommodations is 260-450 euros per month. You can find information on WHU's housing options here.

Passport & Visa

Students are solely responsible for obtaining a passport and any visas or other immigration documents required for study in Germany, including any related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students in this endeavor with any required letters from the school.

Students should visit the German Embassy website as well as the Embassy website for their home country to validate entry and exit requirements. Details for US citizens regarding these requirements and other pertinent information can be found on the US State Department website. Once in Germany, students will also need to obtain a Resident Permit with support from WHU.

Cost and Tuition

The standard semester tuition, as well as the Student Technology Fee, will be billed by and paid directly to AU. Program Fee: In addition to tuition, there is a non-refundable $500 program fee which includes mandatory supplemental emergency travel insurance through AU. This program fee is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.

  • Housing: Housing is arranged through WHU and the cost of housing is paid directly to them (or your off-campus landlord).
  • Travel: Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of travel to and from Germany.
  • Passport & Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, visa, or other required immigration documents, including related fees. Incidentals: Meals, local transportation, health insurance, Resident Permit expenses, books, academic supplies, basic housing set-up, laundry, cell phone service, toiletries, shopping & souvenirs, etc. are the student's responsibility.
  • Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine coverage and eligibility. Additional cost information can be found within the Budget Sheets on the AU Abroad website for WHU.


Please complete all of the following application steps and submit all required materials electronically or dropped off in KSB 106 (NOT to WHU or AU Abroad) no later than 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline:

  1. Thoroughly review the Study Abroad Academic Policies for the program.
  2. Complete the online application for the program on the AU Abroad website.
  3. Submit all required materials, including the non-refundable $500 program fee, electronically or dropped off in KSB 106 (NOT to WHU or AU Abroad) by 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline.

Once all of your application materials have been received:

  • If approved, your application will be forwarded to WHU for review.
  • You will need to complete a number of additional forms for both AU and WHU.
  • You will be registered for a "placeholder" course, KSB-349, and your student account will be charged the applicable tuition and program fee.
  • You will attend a mandatory pre-departure session at AU covering key logistical, administrative, and safety & health information.


Please contact the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs at (202) 885-1940 or with any questions.