Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Semester Timeline

Fall: (Winter term) October - February
Spring: (Summer term) April - July

Application Deadline

Applications Open: September 1st
Application Deadline: February 1st
Decision Date: March 1st

University Profile

For more than 25 years, the university in the twin towns of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice has been a place in which the European idea is very much alive. Academics and students are working together to address issues of importance to the future of Europe. The Viadrina is committed to an interdisciplinary approach, both in its research and in its degree programmes.

Internationality is the Viadrina’s life blood and the university reaches out far beyond the European region. Around 6,500 students from more than 100 countries have come to study here. Learning to appreciate different perspectives is a matter of course at the Viadrina.

Since its reestablishment in the year 1991, Viadrina has strictly adhered to its concept of bringing young people together from every corner of the world. This concept has proven to be successful: Viadrina has grown to become a lively, highly regarded member in the community of German and European universities.

Location Description

Frankfurt (Oder) lies in the heart of Europe on the river Oder and directly on the border with Poland, about 1 hour away of the German capital Berlin. Frankfurt (Oder) has approximately 64,500 residents. The famous poet Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt (Oder) in 1777 and was a student of the town’s university. The town is very proud of its famous son and has dedicated numerous buildings and parks to him (e.g. Kleist Museum, Kleist Forum and Kleistpark).


Viadrina has a wide selection of courses. Some of these offerings include Business, Economics, Social & Cultural Sciences, and also Law. Exchange students can attend courses from all departments. Attending master courses is also possible for bachelor students meeting the course requirements and with the approval of the responsible lecturer. 

Exchange Course Info


As a University on the German and Polish border, Viadrina offers student dorms in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice. Cost for dorms in Frankfurt (Oder): 160 – 290€ single rooms Cost for dorms in Słubice: 350-515PLN (90-120€) mostly shared rooms Private accommodation: ~200-400€ single rooms in shared apartments. Living in Berlin is possible (travel by train ~1h); however, Viadrina does not offer dorms there.

Housing Info

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA and be in good standing with the university. 

The is no language requirement for this university. Most course instruction will be offered in English. 

Applicants must have completed their first year of JMU before going abroad. There are exceptions for Transfer Students.


In addition paying regular tuition to JMU, participants can also expect to pay the following estimated costs to the host institution:





Health Insurance


Total Estimated Costs


How to Apply

The application for admission has a number of parts. See the outline below and make certain you have completed all steps in the application process:

  • Online JMU Exchange General Application 
    Completing the General Application will allow you to select your top three universities for Exchange. Multiple Exchange Program applications do not need to be submitted.
  • Exchange University's application 
    Upon acceptance from JMU, the applicant will then complete the host university's application. The exchange program coordinator will work with applicant to provide access to the application. 

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