Quick Info

  • Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, European Studies, German
  • : Spring 2018: 3 January 2018 - 27 May 2018, Fall 2018: Mid August 2018 - Late December 2018
  • : Pitt's tuition and fees; additional costs listed below
  • : 8 October 2017 (Spring 2018), 25 March 2018 (Fall 2018 and Full Year 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only

Academics

90% of EBS courses are taught in English. Course offerings vary from semester to semester, but students have the option of taking a variety of business courses. Students wishing to enroll in business courses taught in German must show proficiency in the language.

EBS also includes an intensive German language at the beginning of the semester, free of charge, and students are highly advised to register.

Please visit EBS' website for the most up-to-date course list.

 

In addition, students are encouraged (but not required) to take some language courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Two recommended courses for the German language are:

  • GER 0101 – Beginning German 1 (3 credits)
    • Elementary German 101 meets three times a week, and while class periods will focus on speaking and listening, you will do the writing, reading, and most of the grammar practice at home. Students are expected to study regularly on their own to keep up with the material. In this course you will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide.
  • GER 0001 – Elementary German 1 (Intensive) (5 credits)
    • This Elementary German course meets five times a week and is the next best thing to studying abroad. You will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide. 

Student Life

EBS is a fairly small university and has a strong community atmosphere. Student groups flourish on campus and faculty-student mentoring is a strong tradition on campus, and EBS has a buddy system to pair you with a German student ambassador who will show you around campus and help you to settle in.

Additionally, EBS' International Programs Office is there for you throughout your time in Oestich-Winkel. Whether you're looking for suggestions for where to eat or want advice on how to deal with homesickness, the full-time staff can assist you.

To learn more about student life, please visit the EBS website.

Housing

EBS Housing is a service to help you find off-campus housing since apartments can be difficult to find in the area and on-campus housing is not available. This database lists suitable, furnished flats that are equipped with varying levels of household appliances. This service works on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will automatically be contacted by EBS Housing upon your acceptance to the program.

Please see more information at EBS' Housing Office website.

Pricing And Dates

Spring 2018: Early January 20187 - Late May 2018

Fall 2018: Mid-August 2018 - Late December 2018

Full Year 2018/2019: Mid-August 2018 - Late May 2019

For additional term dates, please refer to EBS' website.

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from EBS of the official start and end of the semester(s).

You will pay for tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

Business students can apply for over $150,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note, that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline.

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000.00)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)
  • International health insurance

Living costs will vary per student, but can be estimated at 750-1000 euro/month, including off-campus accommodation, food, public transportation, books and classroom materials. Please refer to the ‘Housing’ section for more housing information. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

You must first be accepted by Pitt Business International Programs, then you will be nominated directly to EBS and will complete an official EBS application. Additionally, students are required to meet with the Program Manager prior to being nominated. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Arielle Schweber

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

Bradley Miner

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered a passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.