Foreign exchange partnership opens new doors for graduate study

German Sport Exchange

Foreign exchange partnership opens new doors for graduate study

German Colgne Exchange

Heiko Struder, president, and Gerard King, director of International Studies, at our partner institution the German Sport University, Cologne, Germany, visited campus recently.

They met with BU President David L. Soltz, gave presentations to the Department of Exercise Science, and discussed future collaboration between the two institutions. They also toured the campus and our sports facilities. We are hosting two exchange students from the German Sport University this academic year.

Bloomsburg University’s graduate exercise science students recently got a first-person account of what it’s like to study at the largest sports university in Europe, which includes a top-notch training facility for Olympic athletes.

Representatives of the German Sport University Cologne spent three days on campus strengthening its partnership with BU, which includes an exchange program the Master of Science in Exercise Science program.

During the visit Heiko Studer, rector of the German Sport University, and Gerard King, international director at the German Sport University, met with President David L. Soltz, followed by a presentation to current BU graduate students.

Struder and King were then given a tour of BU’s athletic facilities, including Redman Stadium, by Mike McFarland, BU’s athletic director, Nawal Bonomo, director of Global and Multicultural Education, who hosted the visit.

Studer and King also had meetings with George Agbango, acting vice Provost and met with exercise science faculty Eric Rawson, chair, Swapan Mookerjee, Timothy McConnell and Andrea Fradkin to discuss the logistics of the student exchange program.

Huskies Abroad

The German Sport University is the largest sports university in Europe with about 6,000 students from all over the world. Degree programs are offered at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels. Courses for BU students are taught in English.

Program Cost
  • Cost of studying at the German Sport University can be less expensive than studying in Bloomsburg.
  • Accommodations: Single room in an on-campus student apartment is about $300 per month.
  • Meals: on-campus dining is about the same as at Bloomsburg University or less. Budget about $300 per month.
  • Books and Supplies: $150 per semester.
  • Even with the round trip travel to Cologne, Germany, a semester at the DSHS can cost less that living in Bloomsburg.
Program Eligibility
  • Open to all majors, but especially appropriate for students in exercise science and health sciences.
  • No knowledge of German is required, but students are strongly encouraged to take a German language class before going and during their stay.
  • Good academic standing and no sanctions or disciplinary actions.
  • Be at least in the fifth semester of undergraduate study during the study abroad.
  • Recommendation required by the Department of Exercise Science for its majors.