Oregon Study Center in Germany (OSCG)
The Oregon/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program, in existence since 1968, facilitates the exchanges of up to 30 students per academic year from both Oregon, USA and Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The Oregon Study Center Germany (OSCG) in Tübingen is in charge of supporting and advising Oregon exchange students.
Students who are nominated in Oregon by IE3Global in cooperation with the OSCG in Tübingen for one or two semesters at the ABK need to show a high degree of proficiency in their chosen field of art studies. Students can expect graded classes and an indicated number of ECTS (European credit points) which will transfer to their home campus. Oregon students receive a monthly scholarship through the State of Baden-Württemberg.
The Resident Director of the OSCG must confirm your nomination to the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design by e-mail or letter. Applications from students who are not officially nominated will not be processed.
Applications must include (document as original hardcopy):
- Portfolio of original works (minimum 8-10 images), which may also be provided in digital format
- Application form (pdf)
- Letter of motivation
- Letter of recommendation from a professor at your university
- Current CV
- Copy of passport
Application Deadline for winter semester (September - February): April 15th
Application Deadline for summer semester (March - August): October 15th
Applications must be sent to IE3Global at OSU and will then be forwarded to the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design’s International Office.
When your application documents are complete, they will be forwarded to the selection committee to be assessed. The ABK Stuttgart can refuse or accept an applicant according to our admission regulations. Admission is based on the application material submitted, including the artistic quality of the applicant’s submitted portfolio. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to offer advice regarding the rejection of an application. You will be notified as soon as a decision regarding your application has been made. Please note; we only keep your application documents & portfolio on file for up to 4 weeks after the beginning of a semester. If not picked up in person by that point, application materials will be discarded.
Studies at the ABK Stuttgart are primarily project/studio oriented. In order to take part in examinations, students must fulfill the specific requirements (a pre-determined number of modules/courses/projects) for each study area. Project work is graded and assessed through individual assessments and critiques as well as formal examinations by academic or technical teaching staff.
Students have the possibility to participate in inter-disciplinary workshops, projects and courses available at the academy and can expect ECTS credit points/grades for completed projects. In addition, students should register for theoretical and technical units/components. To participate in any of our technical workshops, such as printing, glass, bronze, etching, lithography, etc., students first need to successfully complete practical and theoretical units in order to prove their proficiency, and in order to work on individual projects within the workshop.
The German university system (and work system alike) requires self-initiative and structure. Although there is always someone you can ask for help and support, you need to know clearly what you want to achieve. In Germany, it is considered to be your responsibility to get the information you need, to stay in touch with academic supervisors and other people important for your stay, and to manage your time effectively.
Course outlines/project information: A course/ project catalogue is not available until the beginning of each semester. Faculty is also available for your questions at the beginning of the semester.
Regular German Courses and German Intensive Courses: Registering for a German unit during the semester is strongly recommended. German units are free of charge, only a registration & administrative fee (e.g. German language testing, enrollment) is required.
You will be contacted directly by the language school VESPA regarding German unit registration. For more information, please see the International Handbook on page 22 or refer directly to the VESPA website at www.sprachenverbund-vespa.de.