Konstanz, Germany Exchange Program
Students will study at the University of Applied Sciences (HTWG-Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung) in Konstanz, located on beautiful Lake Constance. Konstanz is situated in the southwest corner of Germany, literally across the street from Switzerland and also very close to Austria. Konstanz is 214 miles from Frankfurt and 46 miles from Zürich. With a population of 81,000, it is intimate in size and charm, with stunning architecture in its historic town center and a history that reaches back to the first century BC. The HTWG is situated on the left bank of the Rhine where it exits Lake Constance and sets out on its journey to the Netherlands, 820 miles to the north (1320 km). Konstanz is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and is known for its particular specialties such as Felchen (fish from Lake Constance) and Flammkuchen (a kind of pizza). Germany has a temperate seasonal climate. Average temperatures in Konstanz in March fall between 42°F and 40°F, and in July from 67°F to 80°F.
Students in Konstanz will stay in student housing at the host institution. The dorms are co-ed and the rooms are private and furnished with a desk, chair, wardrobe, desk lamp, bed, sheets and shelves. Students are responsible for towels, food, and school supplies. Rent will be paid monthly directly to the university. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
German cuisine is often heavy in carbs and meat, particularly pork, though vegetables are typically eaten at most meals. German breakfasts may include a meat and cheese plate. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Courses: To complete their Humanities and Arts Requirement, students can take language and culture courses offered at the HTWG. Culture courses usually include a field trip -- to Berlin for example. For courses toward specific majors at WPI, students need to clarify with their professors whether credits are transferable or not.
Opportunities: German language and culture courses; subject specific science and engineering courses in German depending on language skills.
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Konstanz can be found here: Konstanz Exchange Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
WPI students participating in the exchange program in Konstanz for two terms are required to have a valid passport with a visa prior to entry in Germany. The IGSD may help facilitate the visa process. Note: In the past, students holding passports from countries other than the US have had difficulty obtaining this visa. Prior to applying to this project center, please have a conversation with the Center Director to understand how this could impact you.
Studying in Konstanz
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State