Program Overview

Spend a semester in Germany, a country with a fascinating history and modern influence. You’ll study at Valparaiso University’s study center, based at Reutlingen University, a university of applied sciences in a small German city near the enchanting Black Forest. While in Reutlingen, you’ll learn the German language and take business, culture, and liberal arts courses in English or German. Use your one-month German rail pass to explore nearby museums and castles in Reutlingen and Stuttgart!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: September 25
Fall: March 1
Avg Course Load
5 courses (16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and German
  • Germany is your classroom with excursions around the area that enhance coursework
  • Great staff support and an orientation to show you the ropes in your new city
  • A full cultural calendar with activities such as soccer matches, local festivals, and wine tasting
  • Campus is a short walk from the city center, full of restaurants, shops, cafes, and more
  • World-class public transportation makes exploring Europe easy
  • 1-2 weeks built-in for solo travel
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University is a highly regarded American university in Indiana. Students call the university “Valpo.” Valpo prides itself on its academic integration of professional studies and liberal arts. You can expect the same on this program, as Valparaiso University has a long-standing record of excellence in its 50+ year partnership with Reutlingen University in Germany. This long-standing program combines German language study and U.S. coursework, which means you’ll get the the ideal study abroad experience in Germany.

Our local German host institution is Reutlingen University. The campus has an incredible history. The founders first started the school in 1855 as a College of Weaving and Textiles. Due to the local industry, the institute focused on textile teaching and research in the 19th century. Holding true to its roots today, Reutlingen still offers facilities for spinning, weaving, and knitting. And, its 7,700-square-meter research building holds the extensive workshops for textile teaching and experimentation.

Recently, the university has expanded to five schools, offering a broader range of courses in both German and English. Reutlingen attracts hundreds of international students, and around one quarter of its total enrolled students come from outside Germany. To round out your international experience, you’ll live in dorms with other students from Germany and around the world. As a result, you’ll truly meet people from every part of the globe.

Accreditation(s): Valparaiso University is accredited by the US Higher Learning Commission. Its College of Business is also AACSB-accredited.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

8+ classes in: German Language (required) and Business (Various sub-disciplines)

Additional classes in: Sociology, History, Religious Studies & Theology, Communications & Media Studies, Film Studies, Art History, Architecture & Urban Design/Planning

View the course catalog here. Courses are taught by a mix of U.S. and German faculty. Many excursions, trips, and events are included in the course work for a lot of hands on learning.

Life in Reutlingen

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Germany, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Germany.

Housing Options

Students are housed in dormitories on the university campus, which is located in a residential neighborhood outside of the city center. Students are placed in double rooms with other CISabroad students, but will live on a floor of German and international students. Kitchens are located on each floor of the dormitories and students are given cooking utensils upon arrival to cook meals on their own. Many students choose to eat their main meal each day in the cafeteria, which offers discounted prices for students. A shared lounge on your floor provides a great environment to meet German and international students from all over the world. Classes are also held on the campus within easy walking distance of dormitories and the cafeteria.


  • Double Dorm room
  • Shared Kitchen Area
  • Basic cooking supplies
  • Free gym for students on campus.
  • Basketball court and small indoor pool.
cliffside castle in reutlingen

Local Life

  • Nature: Reutlingen is a fantastic area to explore on foot. There are miles and miles of scenic walking trails and beautiful small mountains surround the city. The tallest of these, the Achalm, has an old fortress at its peak and is a popular hiking and picnic destination.
  • Christmas Markets: Nearly all German cities host festive Christmas markets, and Reutlingen is no exception. The market feature lots of foods, gifts, and frequent live music. Nearby Esslingen has an even bigger medieval Christmas market, which is like stepping back in time.
  • Castles: Southern Germany has castles galore, and students in Reutlingen frequently visit several visit beautiful nearby castles--the Schloss Lichtenstein, the Hohenzollern Castle, and the Sigmaringen Castle.
  • Oktoberfest: Stuttgart hosts a giant Oktoberfest called the Wasen, and students in the Reutlingen program enjoy a specially arranged event hosted at one of the giant beer tents.
  • Cars: Nearby Stuttgart is home to the renowned Mercedes Benz and Porsche museums. Students in the Reutlingen program also get to experience a tour of Daimler City, one of the biggest and most advanced auto factories in the world.

More About Reutlingen

Reutlingen, Germany, offers you a glimpse into the present and the past. The town is home to Reutlingen University and is located between the gorgeous Black Forest and a manufacturing center that is crucial to Europe’s economy. The city has a rich history, and modern restaurants and fun boutiques sit among medieval buildings.

In Reutlingen, you'll discover some of Germany’s most captivating history, architecture, and art. Visit museums, castles, and historic sites in the city and the surrounding area. For easy day trips, you can zip to nearby Stuttgart and even Munich, where more museums and restaurants await. Use your German rail pass to explore as much of Germany as you wish.

More good news: Reutlingen is uniquely situated in southern Germany with easy access to Switzerland and Alsace, France. This position at the crossroads of several countries is reflected in the variety of students who call the city home. Reutlingen University attracts international students from all around the world. As you interact with an international community, you can also immerse yourself with the German language. You'll engage with the locals and gain a unique German accent, special to only the southeast region of Germany. We have no doubt you will fall in love with Reutlingen's cute markets, temperate climate, medieval charm, and young, modern atmosphere.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

berlin germany cathedral


A five day stay in Germany’s capital, a city full of history and energy. As a group, we’ll have a guided walking tour of historic Berlin with one of the city’s fantastic guides. We will also visit Sachsenhausen, a major Second World War concentration camp located just north of the city. With metro and museum passes and plenty of free time provided, you’ll have everything you need to explore vibrant Berlin.

Leipzig, Wittenberg, and Eisenach

On this four day trip, we explore the lives of two of Germany’s most important figures, Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach. Beautiful downtown Leipzig is our home base on this trip, which contains the major churches where Bach worked and performed, as well as the Bach Museum. Leipzig is a bustling city with lots of nightlife and live music. We will also have a guided walking tour of nearby Wittenberg, where Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation, and visit the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach.

Mercedes Benz Museum

If you happen to like automobiles as much as we do, you are in luck. You’ll get a chance to visit Stuttgart, the headquarters of Mercedes Benz, where they have a large and well laid out museum a few miles from the Stuttgart train station. In addition, Porsche also has an incredible museum not too far from Mercedes.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Zachary Bookman
Program Coordinator for Europe

Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.

Learn more about Zachary

Peter Lutze
Site Director in Germany

Travel Tip: While most Germans these days speak English (and will likely be eager to showcase their abilities with you), do make an effort to learn German language and culture, as these will only add to your understanding and appreciation of your new home.

Learn more about Peter

Student Feedback

Without a hint of reservation, I’d recommend a semester abroad to anyone. It has been one of the biggest highlights of my life. Don’t hesitate to apply now!

Ian Olive, Semester in Germany, Valparaiso University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    August 28 (Estimated)
    August 29 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    September 2 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    December 13 (Estimated)
    December 16 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    September 25
    January 8 (Estimated)
    May 13 (Estimated)
    $16,590 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CISabroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Valparaiso University Transcript