The Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program is offered through a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University.  This program offers you the opportunity to improve your command of the German language by taking a blend of specially designed program courses in language, culture, and literature, along with German classes and courses in related fields offered at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität. AYF is one of few year-long study abroad programs and offers you a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in German language and culture. Past participants frequently report that it is during the second semester that they truly become comfortable living and studying in Germany. Many students participate in internships during this second semester.

The program is committed to making your intercultural experience as rich as possible.  Vacation periods permit extensive travel throughout Europe, and students are encouraged to use weekends for shorter trips in the region.  Your cultural exploration and new friendships combined with the academic program create an unforgettable study abroad experience!