University of Leipzig Exchange Program

Binghamton University's exchange program with the University of Leipzig offers a unique opportunity to experience the changes in Germany as the former East is reunified with the West. Participants enroll in an intensive advanced German language pre-session and orientation before they take regular university courses in a wide variety of disciplines at the undergraduate or graduate level. Accommodations are in dormitories or student houses with German students
Applications are welcome from SUNY students as well as students from other colleges and universities.


Leipzig is a city that captures the imagination for the dramatic roles it has played in history. It is where vigils and demonstrations took place in 1989 as its citizens sought first the reform of socialism and then reunification.

Reminders of Leipzig's historical importance abound in the city's monuments. Martin Luther debated his opponents here, and Leipzig's thriving publishing industry printed each new title he produced. For 27 years Johann Sebastian Bach was the choirmaster of Thomaskirche; Felix Mendelssohn founded the symphony orchestra.

Today Leipzig is a bustling metropolis of 550,000, reclaiming its traditional stature as a trade center between East and West. Music lovers will find satisfaction in the city's concert hall, Gewandhaus, the opera or informal cafe entertainment. A sports stadium attracts major events, and many museums, parks and shopping arcades invite exploration. Travel to Berlin, other regions of Germany and destinations in Eastern Europe is easy.


Language Pre-Session - beginning of September
Autumn Semester (Wintersemester) - beginning of October through the end of January.

Language Pre-Session - early March
Spring Semester (Sommersemester) - beginning of April through the middle of July.

Last Updated: 8/21/14