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  • Locations: Vallendar, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 08/22/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
BSBA Germany Semester Abroad
WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management
  Students participating in the semester exchange program administered by WHU will study at the Vallendar campus in the Otto Beisheim School of Management, one of the most renowned German Business Schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. The university was only founded recently in 1984, but has risen quickly into global prominence. Its small student-body and rural campus provide a unique and close-knit culture for students. What makes the WHU really unique compared to other private Business Schools is its international flair and its so called “WHU Spirit.”
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and Junior standing by program start date. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. Previous study of German is not required, but is encouraged.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Late August - Mid December
Spring Early January - Mid May

WHU has particular strength in International Business and Economics and its academics concentrate on creating practical experience through real working situations. Students have the opportunity to take business oriented classes without the requirement of knowing German, since the entire coursework is taught in English. Great emphasis is placed on the academic and scientific foundation of the program. Students develop the necessary tools to competently tackle complex problems. At the same time the program fosters practical experience through covering real working situations. 

Each semester at WHU is divided into two quarters. Therefore, most of the courses are taught only in one quarter. Students should be aware that many courses, while equivalent to Olin courses, may only be offered for one or two credit hours. You should discuss how this may impact your degree with your academic advisor.
European Study Tour
Students studying at Bocconi in the Spring semester participate in the European Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The EST serves as a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and European markets. The EST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. Teams of two students are assigned an important business topic and an EU capital. You and your partner travel to the country, conduct interviews with government officials and business experts, and complete as much on-the-ground research as possible. During part two of the study tour, you and your fellow participants gather in Brussels to attend lectures and meetings with European Parliament members and debate your findings with fellow study abroad students at a mock parliament. There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. This program may or may not be offered during the Fall semester. 
  Vallendar, Germany
The small town of Vallendar is located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes. The numerous churches, castles, former stately homes and well-to-do burghers’ houses stand witness to over 2,000 years of history. Narrow alleyways, romantic corners and inviting squares attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to this unique city every year.The towns of Koblenz, Cologne, Mainz, and Frankfurt can be reached in just under an hour and offer students many cultural, social, and sporting activities. WHU is home to 1,450 local students and welcomes a high number of international exchange students every year. 
  Housing: Since Vallendar is a relatively rural community, and not all landlords speak a foreign language, WHU offers international students extra support in finding an accommodation. The WHU housing office will help students find suitable accommodations, including dormitories or apartments. All apartments are fully furnished and equipped with beddings, towels, dishes, cooking utensils, microwave, washing machine and dryer, and internet. The housing application will be done with WHU's online application.
Student Life: Many clubs and activities are available for exchange students including service clubs, sports, and cultural activities. Vallendar also provides tennis courts, a canoe club, soccer field, equestrian stables, hiking routes, a squash center, and golf courses that are available for the students. Past Olin students have been active with WHU's theatre club. 

On-Site Support: Students directly enroll at WHU and therefore have access to on-site staff in the International Office. WHU places great importance on providing support and assistance to its guest students. The "International Programs" Department at WHU provides advice and practical assistance in finding housing and mastering everyday problems. V.I.P., an initiative established by WHU students, makes a vital contribution to the integration of our visitors.

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, .5 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. A special session on rules and regulations organized by the International Student Desk on-site is mandatory.
Visas & Immigration: In the past, Germany has not required U.S. citizens to apply for a visa prior to entering the program. However, a valid passport is required and immigration law is always changing; students must research the most current immigration requirements.  Depending on their nationality, students might need a visa and/or residence permit to study in Germany. While WHU assists students in applying for their residence permit, it is the student’s own responsibility to take care of visa matters as early as possible, ideally at least 2 months prior to departure. Students should contact the German Consulate of their home country (or country of residence) to find out if they need a student visa prior to entering Germany. Given the differences for each country and student status, coordinators are limited in their ability to offer visa guidance. See the Global Programs handbook for more details.  

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.