USA - Exchange Programme

for mathematically oriented programmes

Since 1979 our Faculty has coordinated an exchange programme for mathematically oriented study programmes with a number of American universities. Over time, more than 600 student have participated in the programme providing the opportunity to spend one academic year at one of the following universities:

Why is this exchange programme unique?

  • You are offered the opportunity to obtain an American 'Master of Science' degree - in addition to the German one.
  • Tuition fees as well as costs of living are very high in the USA - however, employment as a tutor at the host university guarantees financing.
  • Exchange opportunities for only 1 or 2 students? - Not in our programme! Every year we send about 20 students to one of our partner universities in the USA.
  • Credits for courses passed in USA are transferred.
  • Due to the long-standing exchange programme you will generally  find contact persons on site. As a result, accommodation etc. will often be passed on from one student of Ulm University to the next one.
  • Your job as a tutor will help to improve your practical English language skills.

Information on Schedule and Organisation of your Stay Abroad

Schedule

In general, students depart to their partner universities at the beginning/in the middle of August.  Fall term usually starts at the beginning of September. The two to three remaining weeks can be used to settle in and organise the things that can only be done on site (opening a bank account, applying for a social security number, taking part in the orientation sessions etc.). At the partner universities they are enrolled as graduate students, that means they have to attend two to four courses per semester that correspond to our master courses. The stay abroad may be finished by the middle of May, at the end of spring term that concludes  with a typical American graduation ceremony.

During the two semesters the host universities employ our students as teaching assistants. This work basically includes giving lectures/review sessions (level: senior classes to second semester) or correcting examinations; payment covers tuition fees and costs of living.

Organisation

The organisation of studies abroad requires a certain lead time. This is why the first meeting for USA-travellers already takes place at the beginning of July for the exchange in the following year. All students who are interested in this programme should attend this meeting or at least have submitted their applications to Professor Zwiesler via email beforehand.

If you are still enrolled at another university, but intend to take your master's degree at Um University

Even if you have not received your bachelor's degree from Ulm University you can participate in the exchange programme. New master students are requested to contact Professor Zwiesler by 30 June to make sure that their applications for the programme will be considered.

Participation Requirements

PLEASE NOTE:
  • The bachelor's or intermediate examination has to be passed one year before your stay abroad starts.
  • The average grade has to be 2.0 - or better.

Further Requirements

Furthermore, you have to pass the admission test for  universities in the USA  (GRE General Test) and the TOEFL iBT-Test. The individual universities require different TOEFL-scores:

  • University of Waterloo: 100
  • University of West Florida (Pensacola): 80
  • Syracuse University: 91
  • UWM at Milwaukee: 85
  • SDSU: 85
  • Illinois State University: 85 (aber mindestens 23 im Speaking Part)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology: 85

Test results should be submitted by the end of October.

The Language Centre of Ulm University offers TOEFL preparation courses each semester.

Further information can be found in our Ulmer USA-Blog or obtained from our contact persons.

USA-Blog

Students blog about their year of study in the USA here