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German Exchange Program

Study abroad for two weeks or a full semester!

  • Get a paid internship with one of the world's most prestigious television networks.
  • Build a resumé that will turn heads.
  • Stand out from the crowd.
  • Experience the legendary Rhineland.
  • Have the time of your life.


The m3 + zdf exchange program offers U.S. and German university students the unique opportunity to study journalism and related fields in advanced and challenging academic environments. Just as important, students gain first-hand insights into the culture of the guest country while at the same time improving their practical work and language skills. In a highly competitive, globalized economy, the study/work abroad experience and a second language have quickly become a requirement for career success and mobility.

Why German?

If you've ever dreamed of living or working in Europe, learning German makes a lot of sense. It is the official language in three countries (Germany, Austria, and Lichtenstein) and one of the official languages in three others (Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg). More than 120 million Europeans speak it as their first language, in parts of northern Italy and western France, for example, and throughout much of eastern Europe.

The Program

U.S. students take classes for two weeks or for one or two semesters at the University of Mainz, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, or Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences. Provided requirements are met, students studying for a semester may begin a 4- to 8-week paid internship at nearby ZDF, one of Europe's largest TV broadcasters. German students study at the University of Memphis or Ball State University for one year or one semester with the possibility of a follow-up internship at both universities. These students experience U.S. campus life and its academic challenges, and take away with them a sense of the complexity and diversity of American society. Please click here for the latest information.

For Memphis students

Requirements: Students should take at least three German classes, or their equivalent, before going, and they must be in good academic standing with the University of Memphis.

Costs: Regular U.S. tuition paid to parent university; housing in Mainz (approx. 200-250 euro/month); German university enrollment fee (approx. 160 euro/semester). For more details, click here.

Credit: Transferable to U.S. universities

Scholarships: University of Memphis

ZDF: Application for an internship at ZDF should be made at the end of your first academic term. Acceptance is contingent on meeting all ZDF requirements.

Resources: The Medienhaus Mainz is a new audiovisual center serving institutions in the Mainz region. It houses the Media Design Department of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences; Mainz University's Institute of Film Science, Campus TV and Open Channel Mainz studios; and mediaman, a commercial online agency affiliated with the Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences.

Additional Support: The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt and its public affairs arm, the Amerika Haus.

Contacts and Links:

University of Memphis

Dr. Joe Hayden, Department of Journalism:

Center for International Programs

Department of Journalism

Department of Communication

Department of Art

University of Mainz

(Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Prof. Dr. Karl Renner, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication:

Petra-A. Wacker, International Office

Journalism Studies (In German)
Journalism Studies (In English) 

Campus TV

Film Studies

German Studies

Mainz University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Mainz)

Prof. Dr. Harald Pulch, Department of Media Design

Media Design Department

Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Wiesbaden)

Dr. Michael Martin, Department of Media Management:

Department of Media Management


Marita Lewening, Training Department:

Dagmar Skopalik, International Relations:

International Internships:

Medienhaus Mainz

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