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Germany Study Abroad

Germany Map
The Rathause and the Stadtwage
Marktplatz by day
St. Mary's Church
Marktplatz by night
Osnabrueck, Germany
Osnabrueck, Germany
The Opera House
University of Osnabrueck Administrative Building
Christmas Market
A stroll past the Weinkruger restaurant
University of Osnabrueck Library
Cafe am Markt
Osnabrueck, Germany

Germany Study Abroad

The Location

Osnabrück is the third largest city in Lower Saxony with an approximate population of 170,000 people. Osnabrück lies on the main railroad line north from Frankfurt to Hamburg, which makes travel to other parts of Germany, as well as the rest of Western Europe, easy and inexpensive. Germany borders the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Denmark.

Nearby German cities include Münster, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Köln, and Hanover. The airport is the Münster Osnabrück International Airport and the main railway station is the Osnabrück Hauptbahnhof.

The Curriculum

Students typically take about four courses while in Germany, which equates to about 18 semester credits. Students are registered with RIT as a full-time student while on study abroad.

This is a direct enrollment study abroad program which means that participants normally take courses in German alongside German students, but many choose to take courses in English from the Cognitive Science Program. This program includes participants from around the world, and is a complete immersion program.

German lectures are not run the same way as they are in America. Some lectures are taught as seminar classes, where each student's grade is based on a presentation they make for the lecture as well as a final paper. Others are taught as traditional lectures, but each student's grade may be determined solely by the final exam for the course. Still others are taught as practice sections, where students go simply to try exercises and ask questions about the associated lecture. You would likely take a mixture of these types of courses while in Germany.

Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to basic concepts, methods, and algorithms of artificial intelligence with relations to topics of cognitive science. Problem solving and planning, constraint satisfaction, theorem proving and non-monotonic reasoning, approaches to knowledge representation, machine learning, declarative programming languages. Discussion of current/special topics:Multi-agent systems, cognitive robotics, computer vision, natural language processing.

Functional Programming
Introduction to concepts of functional programming based on the programming language ML. Functions, recursion, currying, higher order functions (functionals), binding, evaluation, lambda calculus, type inference and type checking, optimization and program transformation, fixed point semantics, theorem proving and verification. Special aspects of AI programming with Common Lisp.


Students typically live in University of Osnabrück designated apartments. These apartments usually consist of a single-person bedroom along with shared living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Students will most likely live with other university students from Germany and other European countries. There are university cafeterias and many inexpensive restaurants in the area. Students may also live off-campus with placement assistance provided by the University of Osnabrück.

Program Costs

Students will actually pay tuition and college fees to program affiliate SUNY Oswego. The estimated cost for one semester of study is dependent on airfare, individual spending habits, and housing selection. This total cost includes SUNY Oswego tuition and college fees, housing and meals, round-trip airfare, program differential, repatriation insurance, passport, and local transportation. An up-to-date program cost sheet can be obtained from the CS Student Services Office.

Financial Aid

Students currently receiving financial aid may be able to use their aid for overseas study and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid should also consult with a financial aid advisor to discuss financing options. Regardless of your situation, students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid at RIT to discuss the program costs before committing to the program.


The University of Osnabrück recommends German health insurance for all international students. Students who can show that they are covered by comparable personal or family insurance will be permitted to waive the German insurance. SUNY regulations also require medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for all overseas programs. This special insurance will be added to the total costs of this program.


The International Student Office at the University of Osnabrück requires all international students to attend a mandatory orientation the week before classes start in April. Students are free to travel through Europe before the orientation, but are expected to arrive at their residence in Germany by 4pm on the designated orientation date.


Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements for this program. Check out the useful links page for more information on flights.