American Junior Year Program

An immersion experience in
German language and culture

American Junior Year offers you an opportunity to study at Germany’s oldest university, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität or Ruperto Carola, ranked 43rd in the Times Higher Education Ranking. It is also one of Germany’s universities that have the status excellence. Located in the quaint town of Heidelberg with its traditional romantic flair it is committed to the motto Future since 1386.

The relationship between American Junior Year and Ruperto Carola dates back to 1958, making us one of the oldest American study abroad programs in Germany and the oldest exchange program of its kind. Every year, several Universität Heidelberg students spend time at our home campus in Tiffin, Ohio as exchange students. In addition, Tiffin hosts a Teaching Assistant, who teaches in the Modern Languages Department.

Universitat Heidelberg ​Universität Heidelberg

Founded in 1386, Universität Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university. It is consistently ranked first or second place among the top German universities, and is home to a number of Nobel laureates. The university’s excellent reputation has attracted top research institutions such as German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCTS), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), as well as three Max Plank Institutes (MPI) in the areas of Medical Research, International Law, and Astronomy.

The wide range of study programs makes Universität Heidelberg an attractive choice for students from all over the world: more than 5000 of the university’s 30 000 students are international students. Most traditional university departments are centered around the Universitätsplatz in the heart of the Old Town. The natural sciences and medicine, the athletic center and the computer center are located on the modern campus across the Neckar River.

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A full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law, and social sciences alongside natural and life sciences, including medicine. Every semester, more than 100 departments offer lectures or seminar-style courses, many of them varying from semester to semester. Learn more about AJY courses, internships and program options, including the AJY Summer Program.


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The sooner you are involved in activities in the local community, the more exciting and rewarding your time in Heidelberg is. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Find out about housing arrangements, meals and other ways to get involved.


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Studying abroad is an investment in your future. The program fee and estimated costs are available to help you plan for your experience.

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Students must have junior status and at least four semesters of German, or a high intermediate level of German to take advantage of the AJY Program. Learn more about applying to the program.

More Information

If you would like a Program Brochure mailed to you, or have specific questions about the AJY Program, contact our American office at 419-448-2062 or

For specific questions regarding academics or student life in Heidelberg, contact Hanne Heckmann, Ph.D., AJY Resident Director by phone Monday through Friday mornings 9 to 12 EST at 011-49-6221-23874 or email

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