The CSE department piloted the Saarland exchange program in Germany during the 2010-2011 academic year. We hope to continue the program depending on future student interest. At this time, the program can support sending one undergraduate student a year.
Requirements & Application
Undergraduate students interested in this year-long (Autumn-Spring quarters) exchange program should consult a CSE advisor with their questions. The information session for CSE students interested in one of the departmental programs takes place early in Winter quarter for the following academic year. The session is run by the exchange program coordinator (Tom Anderson), a CSE advisor, and students who have participated in the exchange before. This session is your opportunity to ask questions, hear about others' experiences, and learn about the application process. The departmental application to select students typically consists of a brief statement of interest and a review of your academic record and background. Our goal is to notify students selected for the exchange no later than early March.
Before You Go
Once you are selected to study abroad, CSE advising will email you information on the deadline to accept our offer, the process and deadline for your Saarland application (this is mostly a formality so you are officially accepted by the university, and a checklist of the required steps to take to prepare to go. Due to the difference in academic calendars, the deadline to submit the Saarland application is in July, but we will complete that process earlier in spring. You will work closely with CSE, Saarland and the International Programs & Exchanges Office (IP&E) on these steps. Please be aware that many of these processes will take time, so you should plan accordingly and start early!
The Saarland exchange, like other exchanges at UW, operates under the Home Tuition Program (students continue to pay UW tuition but no tuition at the visiting school). In addition, students are required to concurrently enroll and pay a UW IP&E fee to maintain these benefits while away:
- Concurrent enrollment;
- Financial aid and scholarship eligibility;
- Graded UW credit for coursework completed abroad;
- Pre-registration privileges at the UW;
- Continued deferment of school-related loans;
- Satisfaction of residency graduation requirements;
CSE will notify IP&E of your nomination to study abroad no later than April 1. After that, you will be contacted directly by IP&E via email about their requirements. Once you are accepted to Saarland, you will receive information from their admissions office about housing and enrollment. It's the student's responsibility to complete all the necessary steps for both Saarland and UW to study and live abroad.
Students are responsible for travel costs and living expenses while in Saarbruecken.
Passport & Visa
If you do not currently have a passport, you should apply for one as early as possible. The processing time can take up to 10-12 weeks.
Once you have your letter/certificate of acceptance from KTH, you can move forward with obtaining your visa from the German Consulate. You will want to check with the consulate directly about the required documents and payment you must provide.