Universität Heidelberg is a comprehensive university, offering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law and the social sciences alongside the natural and life sciences, including medicine. Each semester, more than 100 departments offer lecture or seminar-style courses, many of them varying from semester to semester.
Courses at Universität Heidelberg are primarily of interest to students who pass the University's German Language Proficiency Exam (DSH-1 or DSH-2). By far the most popular departments among the AJY students are the International Study Center and the German Studies Department.
Among AJY students, the most popular departments in recent years were: Economics • Education • English • Environmental Studies • History • American Studies • Islamic Studies • Jewish Studies • Geology • Philosophy • Physics and Astronomy • Political Science • Psychology • Theology • Sociology.
The International Study Center (Internationales Studienzentrum, ISZ) specializes in German language courses at all levels (A1 to C2) and is the perfect fit for students who wish to improve their language skills in grammar and vocabulary courses, in technical language courses (Economics, Bio-Medicine), Creative Writing or Film.
The German Studies Department (Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie, IDF) is the oldest department of its kind in Germany. It allows students a wide selection of courses in the area of Linguistics, Literature, Theater, Art History, Media and Business Communication.
A note about pre-registration and course catalogs
AJY students do not need to pre-register for courses in Heidelberg. However, it is very important that prior to coming to Heidelberg, students meet early with their home campus advisors/professors to outline a plan of study and to discuss requirement issues. Most likely your on-campus meeting will be at a time when the Universität Heidelberg course catalog is not available yet. The course catalog (in German only) is not published until early to mid-February for the Spring semester and early to mid-August for Fall semester. However, you and your advisor/professor may look at older versions of the university course catalog and the AJY sample course catalog, which includes courses taken by AJY students in three recent semesters.
An example: Let’s say you wish to study in Heidelberg Fall 2016. When you meet with your advisor during Spring of 2016 to discuss your Fall course selection, the Universität Heidelberg Fall/Winter course catalog will not be online yet. However, catalogs from previous semesters can be found and, for this example, we would recommend that you look at the Fall/Winter 2015 course catalog for your tentative course selection.