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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English, German
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, German Studies, History, Marketing, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars Uni-Heidelberg?

EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.

Founded in 1386, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, is Germany's oldest university. In the course of its history the University has established itself as a center of excellent research and teaching, where many renowned scholars and scientists – among them eight Nobel laureates – worked and still work. Heidelberg University sees itself as a research university with a strong international orientation. Besides enhancing its disciplinary strengths, the University places special emphasis on maintaining the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries. Today close to 31,000 students study at the University’s 12 faculties. About 5,500 foreign students from more than 130 different countries as well as hundreds of visiting professors and researchers contribute to its international atmosphere.


Academic Highlights

The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor. 

The University of Heidelberg offers a wide range of high quality study programmes in the life sciences, the natural sciences, law, economics, the social sciences and the humanities. A large number of research centers within the university as well as independent institutions in Heidelberg like the German Cancer Research Centre, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and four Max-Planck-Institutes add to a research environment that is unique in Germany.


Student Life

The university offers a broad variety of athletics, such as teams in 16 different court sports from American football to volleyball, courses in 11 different martial arts, 26 courses in physical fitness and body building, 9 courses in health sports from aquapower to yoga, and groups in 12 different dance styles. Moreover equestrian sports, sailing, rowing, skiing in the French alps, track and field, swimming, fencing, cycling, acrobatics, gymnastics, and much more. Moreover, the university supports a number of student groups in various fields of interest. Among them are the student parliament AStA, the student councils of the 12 faculties, four drama clubs, the university orchestra Collegium Musicum, four choirs, six student media groups, six groups of international students, nine groups of political parties and NGO's, several departments of European organizations of students in certain disciplines, four clubs dedicated to fostering international relations and cultural exchange, a chess club, a literature club, a debate society, two student management consulting groups, and four religious student groups. Heidelberg is not least famous for its student night life.[101] Besides the various parties regularly organized by the student councils of the faculties, the semester opening and closing parties of the university, the dormitory parties, and the soirées of Heidelberg's 34 student fraternities, the city, and the metropolitan area even more, offers night life for any taste and budget. Adjacent to University Square is Heidelberg's major night life district, where one pub is placed next to each other. From Thursday on, it is all night very crowded and full of atmosphere. Moreover, Heidelberg has five major discos. The largest of them is located at the New Campus. The city of Mannheim, which is about three times as large as Heidelberg, is a 15-minute train ride away, and offers an even more diverse night life, having a broad variety of clubs and bars well-frequented by both Heidelberg's and Mannheim's student community.


Living in Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s cosmopolitan and student-friendly atmosphere is one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics. Heidelberg is a lively centre of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and is marked by its high density of research-intensive industry and conglomeration of scientific research institutions. These institutions, working alongside the university, form an internationally competitive research network, providing a wide assortment of contact and cooperation possibilities for Heidelberg University researchers and students. Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. Lying on the gentle foothills of the Odenwald,  the ruin of the castle reigns majestically over the narrow alley ways of the Old Town where the Neckar River calmly flows by. For centuries, the charms of this beautiful place have attracted admirers from all over the world. But there’s more to Heidelberg than just a romantic image. The city also is the classical German student town. With every 5th resident (among 150 000) being a student, it is bustling with life and manifold cultural, sports or other leisure activities. Its academic community influences life in the city to such an extent that there is a saying that Heidelberg does not have a university, but is a university. And the large number of international students and faculty members contribute very much to the open and cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city. In this relaxed and safe environment, everybody tends to feel at ease quickly. Another great thing about Heidelberg is its location. It is situated in the South-West of Germany, one of the sunniest and warmest parts of the country, close to the borders of Switzerland, France and Austria and just an hour’s train ride south of Frankfurt airport.