How to apply

student studyingStudents must have junior status (or second-semester sophomore standing with strong SAT or ACT scores) and at least four semesters of German, or a high intermediate level of German, if your school is on a term system rather than a semester system. While there is no minimum GPA and all applications are reviewed holistically, the average GPA among recently admitted students has been 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Above all, we are looking for highly motivated students with solid foundation in German, maturity and an earnest motivation to study abroad.

In the German university system, students enjoy a considerable amount of freedom, and therefore it is expected that AJY students come with a readiness to adjust to the demands of a new and different academic environment.


Download Application

AJY application deadlines:

  • April 1 for the Fall semester
  • October 1 for the Spring semester

If you miss these deadlines, contact the program office about the possibility of submitting a late application.

Send completed application by FAX (419.448.2217) or mail to:
American Junior Year at Heidelberg University
Heidelberg University
310 E. Market Street
Tiffin, OH 44883-2462

Once the application and the appropriate references have been received, the staff can begin consideration of the application.

Program Cancellation and Changes

Heidelberg University reserves the right to cancel the program and to make changes or alterations in the program and/or program itineraries at any time as may be required because of emergency, changed conditions, or the University’s determination that such cancellation, changes or alterations are in the best interest of the program or its participants. Heidelberg University is not responsible for changes or alterations to or cancellation of programs by the host institution. Heidelberg University shall have no liability to any participants, their parents or any other third party for the cancellation of the program or any changes or alterations to the program.