|Restrictions:||UW-Stout applicants only|
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|Language of Instruction:||English, German||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior||Housing Options:||Apartments, Off-Campus|
|Language Courses Offered:||Yes||Internships Available:||No|
Fachhochschule Hildesheim (HAWK)
The UW-Stout School of Art and Design and Fachhochschule Hildesheim/Holzminden (HAWK) have established a student exchange, which swaps UW-Stout students with German HAWK students. The focus of the HAWK program is on art and design studio classes. This academic year program offers Stout students an opportunity for language development, cultural exchange and learning experiences in the art and design field. Explore details specific to HAWK here- HAWK Information Guide for International Students.pdf
Students are accepted to study on the exchange program a year in advance and are encouraged to take German language classes to prepare. Accepted students will have various scheduled meetings with the Art and Design International Studies Committee, present German students and past Stout students that were at HAWK. These orientation sessions are important meetings that help prepare our students for their year in Hildesheim. Students will be advised to correspond with their German exchange partner one semester prior to their study at HAWK. Students arrive in Germany in September, one month early, and usually travel on their own for 1-2 months after classes finish.
The curriculum at HAWK is focused solely on art and design. German students must go through a rigorous process to attend this program. Stout students have an opportunity to work with high caliber, advanced students in the field of art and design.
Location: The school is located in Hildesheim, Germany. Hildesheim is a city in Northern Germany with a population of approximately 150,000. The campus is not far from Hamburg and Hannover and provides easy access to other parts of Europe.
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The courses at HAWK have an art and design studio focus and are offered in the following concentrations: graphic and product design, interior architecture and art metals. The language of instruction is German, but no prior knowledge of German is needed. Student go through a introductory language training, and professors work closely with English speaking students to guide you through course content. Students work at their own pace to complete a project by the assigned deadline. This type of teaching style lends itself to a self-directed learning style. Former students have commented on what a challenging and excellent experience this was for them. Classes are taught in a different fashion at HAWK than they are here at Stout. There are fewer daily class meetings. Projects are assigned and deadlines arranged. A short list of some courses offered can be found here- Course overview Design.xls Many more courses are available upon request.
Art & Design Students
To enhance awareness and promote study abroad experiences, Art and Design study abroad students, studying for one semester or more, will be required to exhibit their art & design work in a group exhibition in the Gallery 209, upon their return, as organized by the Art & Design Department's International Studies Committee. Students in short-term programs are not required but encouraged to participate. While the work is on exhibit, students will be expected to organize the appropriate faculty and the program director to assess their work for related study abroad credits, as needed. Students returning from HAWK will exhibit their work in September and students returning from all other programs in February. Students will also be responsible for submitting a complete electronic portfolio (CD, DVD) of their work to the Program Office by the end of their exhibition week. Students will not receive equivalent Stout credits until the exhibition and electronic portfolio requirements are satisfied.
German students who will be attending UW-Stout arrange and pay for housing for UW-Stout exchange students who attend HAWK. Likewise, UW-Stout students must arrange and pay for off-campus housing for the exchange students coming from Germany. Students will purchase and prepare their own meals while in Germany.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport to study in Germany. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in Germany. The current visa fee is $92. The Office of International Education can assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Germany. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Europe before or after the program.
Art & Design Application Procedures
Art and Design students must submit a portfolio/application to the Art & Design faculty to be evaluated and selected for the four or five open positions. To understand this procedure, please attend the informational talk in the School of Art & Design each fall, given by the past Stout students that have recently returned from HAWK. You may also contact the Art & Design International Studies Committee or Nancy Blum-Cumming for more information. The application portfolio is due around mid to late November.
To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.
We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.