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Study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany next Fall

AUGUST 22 – DECEMBER 15 (apply by June 1)

During the fall semester, you will have the opportunity to explore the city of Heidelberg’s unique international culture. You can enjoy the end of the summer in Germany by going for a stroll along the Neckar River, hiking up the Philosophen Weg for a great view of the city, or simply relaxing outside in the ESC courtyard in the afternoon or evening.

Since Heidelberg is close to Germany’s main wine region, students may consider visiting one of the many wine festivals that take place in the surrounding villages throughout autumn season.

Program Dates

Application deadlineJune 1, 2017
Arrival in Heidelberg* (plan to arrive by 1pm)Tues. August 22, 2017
Mandatory Orientation**Wed. August 23 – Fri. August 25, 2017
Classes StartMon. August 28, 2017
Add/Drop Deadline for ESC coursesSun. September 3, 2017
Add/Drop Deadline for SRH coursesSunday of the week that block classes begins
Fall BreakMon. October 2 – Thurs. October 5, 2017
Weekend in BerlinFri. October 6 – Sun. October 8, 2017
International Week at SRH UniversityTo be announced
*** All students are automatically enrolled
in this course, and full participation
is a required part of the study abroad program.
“Castle Talks” International Symposium in StrasbourgThurs. November 9 – Fri. November 10, 2017
Last day of classes including finalsFri. December 15, 2017
Check out of housingSat. December 16, 2017*

* Students taking courses at SRH may be required to stay until Friday, December 22, 2017.

Program Fee: $12,990

Go to “Program Fees” for further information!

What’s included?

  • Tuition for 5 courses
  • Accommodation at the European Study Center, a historical villa in Heidelberg or in shared apartments nearby
  • Transportation from/to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
  • Welcome dinner and orientation
  • 3-day weekend trip to Berlin including round-trip train ticket, accommodation
    and guided tours
  • Numerous cultural activities and day trips throughout the program, for example:
    • Frankfurt (Stock Exchange)
    • Strasbourg, France (European Institutions)
    • Multiple excursions in and around Heidelberg to visit castles, historical cities, museums, etc.
  • “Castle Talks” International Symposium in Strasbourg
  • Special Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Some additional group meals during cultural activities
  • On-site team available throughout the entire program
  • Cell phone use (calling time not included)
  • Necessary transportation for cultural activities in the program
  • Farewell dinner

Payment Schedules »

Course Overview

This is a representative survey of the visual arts from the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and Europe to the late medieval period preceding the Renaissance. The historical context of the civilizations that produced these images will also be discussed. Students should obtain an understanding of the formal, intellectual, and spiritual values of these early monuments that constitute a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
In this course, the students will learn financial concepts employed by international management to control risks related to international trading, international banking and international investments. Topics include exchange rate regimes, the determination of exchange rates, concepts on free trade, the foreign exchange market, the futures market and other derivative markets, purchase parity relationships, funding of international trade, country risk, and the international banking activity.
Students will learn to understand how individual behavior and group dynamics affect and are affected by organizational settings. Topics such as Motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication are being addressed. The course provides insights into the study of organizations as social systems; the dynamics of change in organizations, industries and markets; and the relationships between organizations and their environments.
In this course, we explore the topic of the fundamental questions about business and its place in society. Does business have a responsibility beyond the bottom line? We study these questions in a global context.

To provide context, we examine the modern corporation, the idea, operation and limits of the free market, and how and why markets are regulated. The framework for this discussion is to investigate key ethical behaviors. The core of our course is to examine corporate social responsibility (CSR). This has other names such as triple bottom-line investing and impact investing.

CSR today combines the idea of “capitalism” where value (e.g. money, resources) lives together as stewards of shared prosperity and sustainable development.

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.
This course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a cultural statement.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).
This course allows students to make the most of their cultural excursions both academically and personally. Students will gain academic credit for the field trips and professional visits which are built in to the program by writing up personal reflections and connections to other areas of study in the form of short papers, journals and blog entries. This course may be cross-referenced with Topics in Comparative Politics and Topics in International Relations. It is an advanced study in political science focusing on comparative politics or international relations. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of politics in Europe. Students will develop a core body of knowledge concerning the political systems in Europe. Students will also be introduced to the political systems of selected nation-states in Europe.
This course is meant to introduce students to the darkest chapter of German history. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. After the unification of a Prussian-dominated smaller Germany the country played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet for a long time did not find a satisfactory identity. The aftermath of World War I plus long-standing anti-Semitism and social tensions helped pave the way for Hitler’s rise to power and unleash another world war including genocide.
Living in another country, even for a short period, allows one to develop a sense of cultural empathy and understanding that cannot be replicated within your home country. This course helps students not only think more deeply about their own cultural identity, but helps them build a framework for understanding one of the most pressing issues of our time, how to manage the greater than 50 million refugees across the world. We will examine the issue from an academic and personal perspective interacting with the local community in Heidelberg and beyond as we review myriad of sources from poems, to news articles, to journal articles, to works of art.

The seminar format takes advantage of a variety of teaching and learning methods to develop not just content knowledge, but builds skills in critical thinking, creativity, writing, and independence. The course is divided into three parts which broadly meet three liberal learning objectives as well as civic engagement and information literacy. Students will keep a digital journal for the course and will share in the maintenance a blog for the course. More traditional classroom learning will be supported with exploration of the city and the surrounding area as well as visits to companies, museums, and non-profit organizations.

This course studies individual behavior and attitudes as influenced by other individuals and groups, and considers issues such as conformity, attitude formation and change, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and altruism.
Learn the concepts and terminology utilized in the study of communication, especially intercultural communication. Understand the importance of culture in the communication process, and how culture affects both the verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Make students sensitive to the difficulties involved in all forms of intercultural communication, including interclass and interethnic communication.

Only one course can be taken during each 5-week block.

August 28 – September 29

During the course, students will understand Business Administration as a descriptive and decision-orientated science. They will be taught the cross-functional disciplines of business, and how the development and implementation of strategy involves these disciplines.
The goal of the course is to go through the entrepreneurial process with its 3 phases, the identification phase, the development phase, and the realization phase. Each session includes some theoretical basics, group work, and a presentation.

October 16 – November 17

During this course, students will understand the methods of economics and business adminstration as a theoretical and applied science. This includes understanding the structure of a business including business management and principles of strategic management.
An introduction to economic concepts and their application to problems of increasingly global economy. Contemporary problems of unemployment, inflation, economic growth are analyzed. Government fiscal and monetary policies are also considered along with international aspects.

November 20 – December 22
(Enrollment in this block requires student to stay in Heidelberg until Friday, December 22)

During this course, students will learn how to gain and expand business networking skills and managerial skills. They will get to know decision-making parameters in economic thinking and learn how to evaluate and effectivley use existing market conditions.
The International Accounting module provides an introduction to the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting standards. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of accounting. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of financial statements and annual reports. Furthermore the differences between IFRS and national accounting systems (particularly HGB) will be emphasized.
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to understand and to use financial statements that are based on IFRS.


Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.