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Application Deadline: January 15th 


Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

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).

Take a walk along the river Oder and enjoy the view across the river to Germany’s neighbour, Poland. Just behind the university facilities lies the island Ziegenwerder with its lovely pathways. Leave the island and walk towards the city bridge which connects the two countries and which is an important point of the border. If you wish, you can cross the bridge and visit the Polish town of Słubice. Next to the border is the Collegium Polonicum, a joint study and research centre of the Adam-Mickiewicz University of Poznan (Poland) and the European University Viadrina.

The surrounding area of Frankfurt (Oder) is also worth a visit. Most popular amongst locals and students is the near-by lake Helenesee. Other interesting destinations are: the Lebuse region and the River Oder’s »marsh« to the North, the well known spa of Bad Saarow and the lake Scharmützel to the West, and the former monastery Neuzelle to the South.

University Profile

Only a few years have passed since its establishment, and European University Viadrina has already achieved a remarkable reputation.

This can be seen as well in the constantly increasing numbers of students and the expanding interest on the part of scholars with well-known names to teach and to do research at this university. Students and instructors find here not only a good technical framework for their work, but also an environment which promotes intellectual exchange and, as such, is both influenced and characterized by international contacts.

The opportunity to study together with classmates from Poland as well as other nations of Europe and the rest of the world is a special attraction: many in fact regard it as a great enrichment of both their academic and personal lives, as it leads to the development of close contacts, frequently deepening into friendships across European borders that are, in turn, often maintained in later life following the years at university. This human potential represents a great treasure, one that we wish to cultivate and preserve. It represents a pledge of high value for a continuation of our peaceful and successful coexistence in Europe.


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.

Please click here for complete listing of courses in English.


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.

Reflection Paper

All students who participate in a JMU exchange program will be required to write a reflection paper upon completion of the program which will be available for future participants to read. 


Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the university.

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.
Spaces are limited.

A completed Exchange Program application consists of the following components:

  • Online application 
  • Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form
    Available from the Registrar's Office or downloadable here in Adobe Acrobat format.
    Required of ALL students studying abroad on an External program.
  • Exchange University's application (upon acceptance from JMU)

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships specifically for exchange programs are sometimes available. Check our website for current offerings. Most forms of financial aid apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please click on the following link to the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.


Fall 2018: Oct 1 - Mar 31
Spring 2019: Apr 1 - Sep 30

(all dates are tentative and subject to change)


In-State Out-of-State
Tuition 5,195 13,082
Housing 1,800 1,800
Meals 1,200 1,200
Books 375 375
Personal Expenses 1,660 1,660
Airfare 1,500 1,500
Total Estimated Costs 11,730 19,617

(all fees are tentative and subject to change)

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