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  • Locations: Freising, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Language(s) in which classes are available: English, German Program Type: Bilateral Exchange
Areas of Study: Agribusiness, Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship (ABMN) Minor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics (AEMN) Minor, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology, Biochemistry, Biological Physics (BIPH) Minor, Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences (BIOL) Minor, Biological Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (BME) Minor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Biomedical Technology Development and Management, Chemistry, Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) Minor, Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences (CSES) Minor, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Crop and Soil Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Conservation and Society, Environmental Design and Planning, Environmental Economics (ENMN) Minor, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Horticulture, Environmental Informatics, Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) Minor, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Science (ENSC) Minor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Fish Conservation, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology (FST) Minor, Forest Products, Forestry, Forestry (FORS) Minor, German, German (GER) Minor, Global Food Security and Health (GFSH), Green Engineering (GREN) Minor, Horticulture (HORT) Minor, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture (LAR) Minor, Landscape Horticulture and Design, Management, Marketing, Microbiology, Molecular Plant Sciences, Plant Health Sciences (PHS) Minor, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science, Science and Technology Studies, Smart and Sustainable Cities (SSC) Minor, Sustainable Biomaterials, Sustainable Natural Environments (SNEN) Minor, Systems Biology, Systems Biology (SYSB) Minor, Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, Turfgrass Management (TRFM) Minor, Urban and Community Forestry (UACF), Water: Resources, Policy, and Management, Watershed Management (WSM) Minor, Wetland Science (WESC) Minor, Wildlife Conservation, Wood Science and Forest Products (WOOD) Minor College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CALS, CAUS, CLAHS, CNRE, COE, COS, Graduate School, Pamplin, University Studies, Veterinary Medicine
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- The largest green campus in Germany



Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Semester Exchange at Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT)

Since it was founded in 1971, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences has developed a unique profile. No other university of applied sciences has a comparable range of subjects so clearly and consistently oriented towards green subjects. The degree programs cover everything to do with nature, food, and the environment in the very broadest sense, ranging from the scientific to the artistic, from high-tech to Land Art, from molecules via trees through to landscape areas.

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf is the only university of applied sciences in Germany that has consistently specialized in green engineering degree programs. All subjects are based on nature, man, and natural resources. From the molecule to the apple, from energy to health, from fields of wheat to spaces to live and landscape areas - in all the degree programs the focus is on managing and using natural resources both efficiently and sustainably.

Accordingly, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences provides education and training that cover the entire supply chain - from the field to the table, or from the field to the electric wall socket. With study placements and work placements, degree programs leading to a double degree as well as active collaborations with more than 80 educational institutions worldwide, the education and training provided also has a very international perspective.

Click here to view the university website.


Freising, about 25 minutes to the north of Munich, is the oldest city in Bavaria with an almost 1300 year history. The Romanesque cathedral on the Domberg and numerous other historic architectural monuments invite a visit. Museum lovers are recommended to go to the City Museum and the Diocesan Museum, the largest collection of church art in Germany. The picturesque squares, nooks and alleys invite you to stroll around and have a look. Dignified bourgeoisie can be found here just as much as student flair. You should visit the Weihenstephan Hill with its "green" campus, the lovely show gardens and the oldest existing brewery in the world, along with a bar – Old Bavarian hospitality is taken seriously in Freising! You can also explore the cathedral city by bike or on foot on the "Culture & Nature Trail" and enjoy the sights and the nature in the city. Freising is close to the nearby state capital of Munich or to the hops-growing region of Hallertau.


Approximate Semester Dates

Semester 1 (Fall/Winter)*: October to January (exams until mid February)
Semester 2 (Spring/Summer*): March to July (exams until early August)

*This may affect the date of your financial aid disbursement.


This exchange option is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. A German level B2 is required.


Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is split into two sections, Weihenstephan and Triesdorf, which between them are home to seven departments. Together, they offer 19 bachelor's degree programs, 13 work-study degree programs and 12 master's degree programs. The subjects offered form a self-contained cluster of subject areas that cover essential aspects of human life. It begins with agricultural raw material production, includes the processing of animal products, covers relevant issues in food and food supply, considers environmental concerns, and extends to the development of rural and urban spaces.

The main departments at Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences are:
     - Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems
     - Bioengineering Sciences
     - Horticulture and Food Technology
     - Landscape Architecture
     - Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition
     - Environmental Engineering
     - Forestry

Student Life



Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing. The university does offer exchange students to stay at their residence halls. The rooms in a hall of residence are generally organized in so-called "Wohngemeinschaften" or short "WGs", meaning suites of several one-bed rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. The rooms come furnished and students receive a sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and a sheet. More information can be found here.

Other housing options can be found here. 



University Tuition & Comprehensive Fees
Virginia Tech tuition and comprehensive university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

Study Abroad Administrative Fee
Participants in exchange programs will be charged a $300 administrative fee through the Bursar.

CISI Travel Medical Insurance (required)
Participants will be required to enroll in Virginia Tech's travel medical and security insurance coverage for the duration of the program. The cost is approximately $35 per month.

Room and Board
Room and board is not included in the exchange. Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing and meals. At WG's residence halls the rental prices lie between € 230 and € 380 per month (including utilities).

German Medical Insurance (required)
US students* are required to acquire German health insurance. This costs €80 per month and is mandatory for enrollment at a German university. Check here for more information.

Student Registration and Residence Permit
A study visa or university applicant visa must be applied for before entering Germany! For this purpose you must prove, among other things, that you have sufficient health insurance coverage as well as sufficient financial resources. The eAT costs about €100. Please check here for more information and required documentation.

*Additional expenses are likely to include travel costs i.e. round trip international airfare, passport/visa fees, immunizations, books/supplies, telecommunications, and personal expenses. 

*Visa requirements and Medical Insurance are different for different countries. For international VT students, please check the requirements for your country.


DAAD Scholarships

Students who study in Germany are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). The program supports student scholarships, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany for four to ten months. Applications are typically accepted once per year and are usually due in late January. Visit the DAAD website for application instructions, deadlines and more information.


VT GEO Application Deadlines

Fall semester: February 15
Spring Semester: September 15

VT GEO Application 

Begin your application by clicking . All documents should be completed by the corresponding deadline. Please note that a copy of your passport (valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program) or a copy of a passport application receipt will be required at the time of application. 

Contact Information

VT GEO Contact

Maureen Deisinger
Assistant Director for Partnerships & Affiliations
VT Global Education Office



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019
09/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/15/2020 02/15/2020 TBA TBA

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