Heidelberg University is a destination within the European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) for University College Utrecht students, located in Heidelberg, Germany.

Acclaimed subjects

Since this is an ELAN-destination, the focus will be on Humanties and/or language courses.

Semesters available

We recommend going in Spring, since that semester aligns better with the UCU academic year. Do note that you will have to arrange for housing yourself between the UCU Fall semester and the start of the semester at Heidelberg.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: October – February
Spring Semester: April – July

Language of instruction

This destination has a language of instruction other than English. This means that you need to have at least a language proficiency level of CEFR B2 German. You need to complete German Language and Culture II (UCHUMGER21) or get an exemption from the UCU Language & Culture coordinator, and it is your own responsibility to achieve at least B2 German. This language requirement is partly for your own protection, so you can take courses at the same level as you do at UCU, and partly because we believe it allows you to have an experience abroad that is more immersive, enriching and culturally valuable to you.

At Heidelberg University, courses are taught in German and English.

Application deadlines

Fall semester: 15 July
Spring semester: 15 January

Course offerings

See the Course Selection. Please note that students from the ELAN programme can attend all courses in the Philosophical Faculty.

Credit system

Heidelberg uses ECTS, just like UCU.

Grade system

Heidelberg University uses letter grades just like UCU.


On-campus housing is available and, although pretty limited, Heidelberg makes an effort to reserve some of it for its international exchange students. They also assist you if you want to live in private accommodation. More information here.


Information about costs can be found here.


An orientation programme is organised by the International Relations Office. More information here.

Student experiences

Heidelberg University is a new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet. Be the first UCU student to explore Heidelberg!

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.