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Heidelberg University Exchange

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The exchange scheme between St John's College and Heidelberg University in Germany allows one undergraduate or research student each year to spend 10 months at the University of Heidelberg.

Programme Details

  • Undergraduate & Research students.
  • There is no restriction as to subject provided the subject is offered at Heidelberg University.
  • The knowledge of German is not essential but is definitely advantageous.


Costs covered
  • St John's College will cover the travel expenses to and from Heidelberg.
  • Heidelberg University offer a grant (approximately 500 euros per month) to the participating students.
  • The cost for an intensive German language course (4 hours per day), which usually takes place in September, is covered by Heidelberg University.
  • The participating students are not liable for tuition fees to Heidelberg University but they are liable for their accommodation and meals.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

The application procedure starts on Friday 16th November 2018 and the deadline for applications will be on Sunday 9th December 2018.

Students who wish to apply will be asked to also attach: (i) a basic CV, and (ii) a personal statement with their ideas concerning the type of course or research that might be pursued in Heidelberg and how they believe that this Exchange would benefit their studies and their personal development. The statement should be no more than one A4 page long.

In the meantime, Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.

Additional Information

Useful Notes
  • In some cases, the year at Heidelberg University will count towards the students' studies (eg Year Abroad for MML students or graduate students who don't intermit). In these cases, students will still be liable for their fees to St John's College.
  • St John's College will invite a student from Heidelberg to spend the academical year in Cambridge.



Online Application Form

Heidelberg University

City of Heidelberg