The University of Hohenheim was founded in 1818 and is the oldest university in Stuttgart, Germany. At its founding, the University's primary areas of specialization were natural sciences and agriculture. Today, however, the majority of its students are enrolled in one of the many study programs offered by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. The department has regularly been ranked among the best in the country, making the University of Hohenheim one of Germany's top-tier universities in these fields.
In the 19th century, a remarkably high quota of foreign students established the early international reputation of University. Today, the University maintains academic alliances with a number of partner universities and is involved in numerous joint research projects worldwide.
The University of Hohenheim is further distinguished by its unique campus environment. Students study in a 200 year old castle! The University of Hohenheim was named the most beautiful campus university in Baden-Württemberg in 2009 and is generally acknowledged as having one of the most picturesque campuses in Germany. The baroque palace, the University's emblem and its main building, is surrounded by historic parklands and botanical gardens, including the historic Landesarboretum Baden-Württemberg. The university facilities, including its botanical and exotic gardens and three museums, are open to the general public. Liberal art activities play an important role in campus life. The campus even boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant!
The University of Hohenheim is close to the light rail line U3 station Plieningen Garbe (Stuttgart Stadtbahn) and is within minutes from Stuttgart airport, Stuttgart Exhibition Center and major motorways.
Hohenheim is one of 18 outer districts of the city of Stuttgart. Most students live in dormitories in Hohenheim itself. Hohenheim is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Stuttgart by train.
Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley locally known as the "Stuttgart Cauldron" an hour from the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest. Stuttgart's urban area has a population of 609,219, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. The city and metropolitan area are consistently ranked among the top 20 European metropolitan areas by GDP; Mercer listed Stuttgart as 21st on its 2015 list of cities by quality of living, innovation agency 2thinknow ranked the city 24th globally out of 442 cities, and the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked the city as a Beta-status world city in their 2014 survey.
Ask many Germans their opinion of Stuttgarters and they will go off on a tangent: they are road hogs, speeding along the autobahn; they are sharp-dressed executives with a Swabian drawl; they are tight-fisted homebodies who slave away to schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue (work, work, build a house). So much for the stereotypes. The real Stuttgart is less superficial than legend. True, some good-living locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy, but most are just as happy getting their boots dirty in the surrounding vine-clad hills and hanging out with friends in the rustic confines of a Weinstube (wine tavern). In Stuttgart, city slickers and down-to-earth country kids walk hand in hand.
Stuttgart is known as ground zero for German engineering. The neon-lit logos of Mercedes, Porsche, and Zeiss optical equipment light up the sky. Yet, in that German way of never getting too far away from grass roots and nature, a lot of greenery takes the hard edges off all this industry and technology. Vineyards sweep down hillsides into the outskirts, and the forested banks of the Neckar River cut a swath right through town. Softening the Stuttgart image, too, are several much respected art collections and a lot of high-brow culture (the Stuttgart Ballet is world renowned).
Stuttgart is known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse international cuisine, farmer's markets, red wine and German-style beer. It's a culinary and cultural capital of southwest Germany.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at the University of Hohenheim, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. Student organizations span a wide variety of interests and passions. Interested in fair trade issues? Want to learn how to juggle? Hohenheim has a student club for you! For more information about student organizations at the University of Hohenheim, visit https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/student-groups.
The University of Hohenheim's International Student Organisation (ISO) is a social community for open-minded students who love to get into contact with people from all over the world. ISO organizes trips for exchange students and parties and cultural events during the semester. It also offers a buddy program to help incoming international students settle in to live at Hohenheim. Learn about ISO and ISO activities online at https://www.facebook.com/ISOHohenheim/.
In Germany, the Fall semester is referred to as Wintersemester. Wintersemester take place September - February.*
The Spring semester is referred to as Sommersemester and takes place March - August.
*For Wintersemester students, who have to leave earlier, the University of Hohenheim tries to be as flexible as possible. That means, the University is usually able to find individual solutions, which includes the following options:
Sometimes exams take place earlier than during the official session, since the University is on a block schedule, so, no problem in these cases
Sometimes professors allow for oral examinations or students can hand in papers instead of taking a written exam at the end of the semester
In some cases, the University of Hohenheim will allow a Freeman student to take an exam at home (proctored by Tulane). These are exceptions.
Courses on the block schedule may end before the end of the semester. The exam normally takes place directly after the course block.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2017 QS World University Rankings.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, Freeman students study alongside degree-seeking German students and other incoming exchange students. Courses are taught in English or German. A minimum level of advanced intermediate German is recommended for students taking courses in German.
For a list of courses commonly offered at the University and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For an up-to-date list of course offerings see the University's bachelor program website. For the selection of the modules the University of Hohenheim has prepared a detailed handbook for you.
Hohenheim’s Language Center offers language classes in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Chinese and German for foreigners. A preparatory intensive German language course for exchange students is offered in September and March, before the semester begins. The application deadline for this intensive course is in mid-June (for the Wintersemester) or in mid-December (for the Sommersemester). Regular language classes are offered during the semester.
German language classes are optional. There is an additional cost for participation.
As exchange student you can select classes from all departments. The University of Hohenheim does not use a general registration system for course participation. It is not necessary to register for lectures. Registration is required for seminars. If registration is required, you will find registration information and deadlines in the course description in the module catalog.
The Bachelor modules of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences that belong to the basic study stage (1 - 3 semester) do normally not require a registration. In case of the modules of the specializations, please contact the professors and ask whether you can participate.
The language courses do not belong to the regular academic program. They are an additional offering and follow special regulations. It is thus obligatory that you register at the Language Center for all language classes.
The courses at the University of Hohenheim are called "modules" and are held on a weekly basis during the whole semester or as blocked modules. Blocked modules take place in a blocked session of three and a half weeks. The exam normally takes place directly after the blocked module. Semester-long courses take place the entire semester and exams take place at the end of the semester.
One of the first things that students notice about the academic system in Germany are the differences in teaching and learning styles. Classes in Germany tend to be presented in one of two major formats: they may be large lectures, with relatively little interaction between students and professors, or they may be very small, active discuss groups in which students debate readings or one of the course's major themes. Participation in these sessions is heavily emphasized and may count for a significant portion of a student's grade.
One major difference you will notice is that there is little daily homework in Germany, but this does not mean that you will not have to work! Instead, you should plan on motivating yourself to keep up with suggested and required readings throughout the semester, as your final grade may be determined by a final project or exam which will cover the material discussed both in class and in the readings!
In order to be successful academically during your time in Germany, we recommend you do two things: first, take advantage of any and all services the International Office provides for foreign students. Second, follow the example of your German classmates! Don't be afraid to ask them, or your lecturers, what you can and should be doing to keep up with the work being done. This includes asking for help with language issues and adjusting to the German style of classroom writing. You should also plan to introduce yourself as an American international student to your professor at the beginning of your course. Help is out there if you are willing to take the first step and ask for it!
In Germany, some classes last several hours everyday but they only last a few weeks. Teaching style varies greatly as do quality of the courses. Many classes have excursions, which can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. The final exam (oral or written) may make up a large portion of your grade. Attend class because you will find you learn just as much listening to other students comments as you do from the teacher and their notes.
One final examination (written or oral) at the end of the course is a common form of student learning assessment at the University of Hohenheim. Course grades may also be based on projects and participation (varies by course).
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The University of Hohenheim uses a grading system from 1.0 to 5.0 with 1.0 being the best grade and 5.0 being the lowest possible grade. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at the University of Hohenheim. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in German
If you wish to take courses taught in German with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the Hohenheim's exchange student website for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
The dormitories at the University of Hohenheim are mostly nearby the university buildings. All rooms have access to the internet. Communal facilities include washing machines, tumble dryers, common and party rooms. The application deadline for student residences is June 1 (for the Wintersemester) or December 1 (for the Sommersemester). Please see https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/housing-for-int-students for more information.
The Office of International Affairs cannot assist you in finding rooms on the private market, but can give you links to housing information and help you if you have problems communicating with your landlord. Visit https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/room-mentoring for more information.