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Vallendar, Germany

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Located in the beautiful Rhine River valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallendar is a small city of approximately 10,000 people. It is surrounded by hills, castles and vineyards, and lies only about 5 miles from Koblenz. Frankfurt is also easily accessible by train, which allows for convenient travel to other parts of Germany and Europe in only a few hours.


Founded as a private institution in 1984, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is recognized as the finest business school in Germany. It was the first German university to receive European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation as well as the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). WHU focuses on preparing its students as globally proficient managers. The university has approximately 800 students including a large number from its international partners. One of the university's strengths is its excellent network of close relationships with almost all of Germany's leading companies. All students participate in high caliber internships in many of those companies, an opportunity that is also open to BC students.


The academic calendar at WHU coincides with that of Boston College. Semesters are divided into two modules per semester and courses take place in either module or both. Since each semester has two modules, students generally take 7 or 8 classes per semester including an intensive German language class from beginner through advanced levels. A class in German history and culture is also offered. Many of the classes at WHU are English-taught, and students will have the option of applying for a credit-bearing internship in English or German at the end of the semester.


An official orientation and welcome reception for all international students takes place at the beginning of each semester. BC students will have the opportunity to meet their student “buddies” and faculty members at the orientation.


Students may choose among four housing options including private apartments, a guest house, an exchange student dormitory, or an apartment building. All options are within a 10 to 20 minute walk from the campus and the city center. The WHU staff assists students with locating housing.