Konstanz, Germany Exchange Program
Location and Culture
Cost and Billing
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 apartments. The apartments 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 housing office “Seezeit.” Elevator access may be available in some buildings.
Student apartments will have shared kitchen spaces. Apartments vary in terms of what is provided and what students may have to buy, but students will learn more when assigned an apartment. There is also a Mensa (cafeteria) on campus that serves lunches for a very reasonable price. German cuisine is often heavy in carbs and meat, particularly pork, though vegetables are typically eaten at most meals, but light meals are also available. German breakfasts may include a meat and cheese plate, and wonderful crispy fresh rolls.
Students will take a train from the airport to their housing location. While living in the student housing by HTWG, students can easily walk to class and the historical city center within 5-7 minutes or take a bus. A semester ticket ("Studi-Ticket") costs ~ 55 € and is valid for all buses + the ferry to Meersburg.
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)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Konstanz can be found here: Konstanz Exchange Estimated Expenses