The University of Paderborn is divided into five faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.
- The University offers 17 departments that offer more than 80 majors, including Education, Engineering, Language and Business.
- There are over 20 courses that are taught in English, including Business and Economics.
- No previous German language is required for courses taught in English, but 2 years of college-level German is required to take courses in German.
- German universities emphasize more formal and more independent study and end-of-the-semester exams. Students can expect mostly lecture format and much outside study.
- Students usually spend 2 hours in class and many professors will do oral examinations in either English or German.
On campus, there are individually focused student services and counseling, modern lecture halls, and science and computer labs. Also, there are attractive offers in sports, free-time and cultural activities. For example, there are student theatre productions, university concerts, literary readings, art exhibitions and student parties. There is also various on-campus dining including a pizzeria and pub.
Each International student will be paired with a "buddy" that is a local student at Paderborn. There is a student organization, Eurobiz, whose members are involved with and dedicated to the exchange programs. Nearly all exchange students meet in the Eurobiz room which gives International students the chance to come in contact with German students and to meet most of the 100-200 exchange students from all over the world who study at Paderborn.
St. Thomas students may study at Paderborn for the spring semester or for the entire academic year. Fall semester is NOT available. Spring semester runs from mid-March through July; the academic year from October through July.
As an exchange student, you can choose whether you want to live in a private flat (alone or with students) or to live in one of the two student halls on campus, where you can choose between a one-room apartment or a room with a shared kitchen and bathroom, which you usually have to share between one and three other students.
The International Office at the Universitat Paderborn will arrange accommodation in Paderborn for all exchange students.
The city of Paderborn is a modern and innovative city with a rich tradition built on roots which extend back into the Middle Ages, and can look back on a history of more than 1,200 years. The city is shaped by business and industry, which is why many global industrial corporations have their headquarters in Paderborn. The attractions of the countryside around Paderborn include the nearby Teutoburger Forest/Egge Hills as well as the new recreational park located between the centre of Paderborn and Schloss Neuhaus. Because of the nearby lakes, woods, moors and low mountain ranges, there are generous sports and leisure opportunities. Paderborn is not just a great place to study because of the lively atmosphere and city's many cultural highlights, but is also rated one of the five most affordable places to live for students in Germany.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
- Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
- Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Programs
- Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
- Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
- View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Explore & Plan > Student Policies.
- Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to semester study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad:
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA