The TCNJ School of Business
and the TCNJ School of Humanities and Social Sciences
, together with the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement
and the European Study Center
, have established semester-long and summer
study abroad program options for TCNJ students in the financial hub of Germany, the European Union’s most powerful member and the heart of European history and culture. Students – particularly sophomores and juniors – may participate in the fall or spring semesters or one or more of the two summer sessions.
Heidelberg is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the home of the German automobile industry, the Black Forest, and Germany’s oldest university. The city has Germany’s best-preserved historical center, with one of the country’s oldest stone bridges and many buildings dating from the medieval and Renaissance periods. Frankfurt, the home of the European Central Bank, is an hour away, and students have additional access to European institutions in nearby Strasbourg, France and Luxembourg. Heidelberg’s historic charm and winning location makes the city a great base for travel throughout the continent.
Classes are offered at the European Study Center (ESC)- an educational institution in a prestigious residential neighborhood of Heidelberg, approximately ten minutes by foot from the historic downtown area. ESC classes – taught by local faculty as well as TCNJ visiting faculty in English – range from Liberal Learning courses to German language classes to offerings in most business disciplines and the social sciences. Students will attend classes, have access to computer laboratories, the library, and program coordinators, and participate in co- and extracurricular activities here.
Semester students normally take four courses, most of which will be worth one TCNJ unit (four credits). Summer students will take 1-4 courses depending on how may sessions they stay for, normally students take 1-2 courses per session. Take a look at the course overview
for course descriptions/syllabi. Courses listed here
have already been reviewed and given course equivalents by TCNJ faculty. All course will count as one TCNJ unit and the grades will factor into your GPA.
Students are housed on the ESC campus in the Villa Krehl, nestled in one of Heidelberg’s most charming neighborhoods where restaurants, bakeries, grocery shopping, or a pharmacy are just a short walk away. The more extensive downtown pedestrian shopping area is within reasonable walking distance or a short tram ride away. Students enjoy easy access to the city without feeling overwhelmed by traffic and commuting. Students normally live in a double room (single rooms are available for an additional fee) equipped with these amenities
. Students use the shared cooking facilities at ESC. The student kitchens are equipped with all the equipment utensils needed to cook. Several grocery stores are within a few minutes’ walk making it easy to cook and eat at home.
A co-curricular program of travel is a central part of the ESC program, with day trips and a weekend excursion playing a key role in the Experiential Learning in Europe course as well as the fourth hour in other program courses. Students will also have the opportunity to travel on Germany’s dense network of trains and long-distance busses to various Germany and European destinations. And as we have discovered in the 21st century, air travel in Europe is becoming less expensive, thus making a weekend jaunt to London or Athens possible for study abroad students.
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