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Direct Exchange Programs - International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef

IUBHThe International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH) is one of Germany’s leading private universities. It offers a unique opportunity to study abroad in the center of Europe. It is set on the grounds of a large park in the heart of the town of about 25,000 people and is surrounded by extensive leisure facilities including the mineral springs which gave rise to its name.  While providing a quiet environment ideal for study, the campus is in the midst of one of Europe’s busiest regions in terms of academic, research, and economic activity.

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Germany is a beautiful country that has terrain ranging from the mountains of the Alps in the south to the shores of the North Sea in the north-west and the Baltic Sea in the north-east. Between lie the forested uplands of central Germany and the low-lying lands of northern Germany which are traversed by some of Europe’s major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe. Along with being a prominent member of the EU, Germany has the third largest economy in the world.

bonnGermany is the most populated European country with 82 million people. It is often called the “land of poets and thinkers” and has had a great influence on European writers, musicians and thinkers. Three of the most famous composers have been of German descent; Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. One of the most notable researchers and thinkers of time, Albert Einstein, was also from Germany. The Berlin Wall Museum, the actual remains of the Berlin Wall, and the Jewish Museum, are very notable historical sites that hold great significance to the history of Germany. Another popular stop for tourists is in Munich. The Staatliches Hofbrauhaus is a famous beer hall that was founded in the 16th century and provides tourists with a great look at traditional German culture and beer. Germany also hosts Oktoberfest which is known as the Largest People’s Fair in the World.

Bad Honnef

Bad Honnef, also called the “Nice of the Rhine”, is ideally situated in one of the most beautiful tourist areas in Germany, the Siebengebirge, and is located close to the larger cities of Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf as well as the neighboring countries of the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This centre of competence is also located in the heart of Germany’s most populated university and research area, as well as the number one industrial centre in Europe. Such an environment allows for the development of innovative new companies with employment opportunities oriented to the future: for example, in the areas of logistics, telecommunications, transport and energy technologies, as well as in new multi-media, in the banking and insurance sector, retail companies or congress event and trade fairs.

Areas of Study

English is the language of instruction: Business Administration, Audit and Taxation, Event Management, Hospitality Management, International Management, Tourism Management, and Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Minimum overall GPA 2.75


Estimated budget for one semester at the IUBH.


Fall semester (Wintersemester) - late September through early February

Spring semester (Sommersemester) - early March through end of July

Fall  2014

  • Orientation:  Monday, September 1 – Friday, September 5
  • Semester dates: Monday, September 8 -  mid February (tentative)

Spring 2015

  • Orientation:  Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6 (tentative)
  • Semester dates: Monday, March 9 -  end of July (tentative)


At IUBH, exchange students take at least 24-30 ECTS credits which may be 6-10 courses. German as a Foreign Language is a mandatory subject for all non-German speakers and all levels are offered. Students take a placement test to determine their language level.

Course descriptions:

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 24 ECTS credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 30 ECTS credits each semester.

Transfer credits:

2 ECTS credits = 1 UMaine credit

Grading Scale:

IUBH grade German grade ECTS grade UMaine grade
91 – 100% 1.0 – 1.6 A A
76 – 90% 1.7 – 2.6 B A/B
61 – 75% 2.7 – 3.6 C B
50 – 60% 3.7 – 4.0 D C
0 – 49% 4.1 – 5.0 F F


IUBH has six residence halls. Every student has its own single room that is fully furnished. Every room is part of a single, double or triple apartment. In double and triple apartments students share bathroom and kitchenette with one or two other students. Housing at IUBH student apartments costs between € 420.- and € 450.- per month and these costs include electricity, heating, water, free internet access.

All students who wish to rent a room in the student dorms have to pay in total the full semester period (6 months). A security deposit (one month rent) has to be paid together with the rent. This deposit will be returned to students after they have completed their semester(s) at IUBH. Students will receive an invoice from our Accommodation Services department before semester starts with a date for payment.


The IUBH campus offers a wide variety of gastronomic facilities. The cafeteria offers food at lunchtime from Monday to Friday during the semester. Student pay € 600 per semester for the Campus voucher that gives access to products and services at every gastronomic facility on campus (Cafeteria, Dallmayr Café & Bar, Charly‘s Lounge, St. Anno Park-Restaurant.)


In Bad Honnef students can walk or bike around campus. All students have the semester ticket that entitles them to use the public transport of the VRS network. Other ways of travel are offered by “Deutsche Bahn” – the national German railway company. The Cologne-Bonn airport is close to Bad Honnef and students can access budget airlines to travel across Europe.

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Student Voice

bad honnefI would say it was extremely worthwhile, and I think a semester abroad is something every person should do. It teaches you so much about yourself as you are completely outside of your comfort zone and without your normal support group to lean on. Bad Honnef is small town in Germany but it’s close to the bigger cities Bonn and Cologne, which helps you to feel more acclimated to the culture. Due to the fact that the international students were able to live on campus, or in the surrounding area, I felt very integrated with the local culture. I had a great educational experience as I did learn a lot in my classes and it was very enlightening to have a different perspective rather than just the American perspective. The train systems in Bad Honnef were fantastic and very easy to use and understand. I took the train to many places within Germany and around Europe, all for a very cheap price.

~Alysha Mosher, Business Management

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Last Modified On June 5, 2014

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