University of Fribourg Exchange

Hartwick to Fribourg

As a Hartwick student, you can study in Fribourg, Switzerland, one of Europe’s most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns. Located at the crossroads of the German and French speaking regions of Switzerland, and nestled between northern and southern Europe, Fribourg is a bridge between cultures and languages.

University of Fribourg

Deadline to apply for spring 2022: September 29, 2021

Deadline to apply for fall 2021 or Academic Year 2021-2022: March 30, 2021

For more information, please contact the Department Chair of Modern Languages Mark Wolff at

Fribourg to Hartwick

The Hartwick College community welcomes students from Fribourg to study, learn and experience life in the in the U.S.

We are an undergraduate college of the arts and sciences. The College occupies a hillside campus in the City of Oneonta, NY, a vibrant two-college community in rural upstate New York. Eight miles away is Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, which provides an a living and learning space close to nature. Oneonta is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, nearly midway between Albany, the Capital of New York State, and the city of Binghamton. New York City is three-to-four hours away by public bus or car.

Deadline for nominations by Fribourg: September 14, 2021 for spring semester 2022 and April 15, 2021 for fall semester 2021

Application deadline for Fribourg students: September 29, 2021 for spring semester 2022 and April 30, 2021 for fall semester 2021

Response date from Hartwick College: Two weeks after application is complete

Required for acceptance as a Visiting Student:
Exchange students are required to submit proof of financial support (such as bank statement, proof of sponsorship, and/or overall financial affordability), university transcript of courses completed or evidence of courses in progress at time of application, motivation statement, and an official confirmation by Fribourg of the student’s language level. Additional forms, including medical forms and roommate preference forms, will be required if student accepts the college’s study offer. Housing will be on-campus in residence halls.

Alternative measures for showing acceptable level of English for exchange:

  • CEFRL: B1 Level & European Language Passport
  • TOEFL: Internet-based: 80; Computer-based: 213; Paper-based: 550 ·
  • IELTS: 5.5

Visa Information: Students attending Hartwick as exchange students will seek a U.S. F-1 visa. Upon acceptance, the International Student Advisor will issue the student a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student” (or I-20) to take to a visa appointment at the U.S. consulate. Information about Visas and Immigration

Arrival Dates: International students, including visiting students on exchange, are expected to arrive in time for the required pre-term orientation. In 2019-2020, students will be met at Albany International Airport or the Greater Binghamton Airport on Saturday, August TBD or Friday, February TBD.

Orientation: International students will participate in a required orientation at no additional charge. Students living in college housing will have housing and meals available during Orientation. In 2021-22, the fall semester Orientation will begin Monday, August TBD. Spring term Orientation will begin on Saturday, February TBD. Pre-Arrival Information

Costs & Fees:
Estimated costs for visiting Fribourg exchange students.

Course fees: Visiting students will be responsible for course fees (indicated by a “$” at the end of a section number) for courses including studio art, private music lessons, selected physical education classes, and January Term off-campus programs.

Academic Information
Calendar of important academic dates

Online schedule of course offerings: Full-time students carry credit loads of 12-20 semester hour credits per term. Credits are generally equal to class time per week in a 14-week semester, with the exception of science laboratories and art studios. An average of two hours of preparation is expected for each class hour.

Evaluation, grading system, credits and transcripts: Evaluation within a course may be on a point system, percentage system, or other scale explained in the course syllabus, but final grades are assigned on an A through F scale, with grade-point equivalents on the 4.0 scale. Courses are measured on the semester hour credit system.

For information about grades, grade point average, and the European Transfer Credit System (ETCS) and Hartwick Equivalents, see the college catalog.

Pre-registering for classes: Students on exchange from Fribourg will be advised and assisted by Hartwick faculty members. Upon acceptance, students will be cleared for preregistration and given access to WebAdvisor to allow online registration (E-Reg) for courses.

For other questions and international student support, email the Office of Global Education at

Accommodations for special learning needs are available from Hartwick’s Office of AccessAbility Services.