Ontario/Baden-Wurttemberg (OBW) Exchange Program

The Ontario/Baden-Wurttemberg (OBW) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 12 Ontario universities, including the University of Guelph, and 9 universities in the Baden-Wurttemberg region in Germany.  Through the OBW exchange program, University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.  Students from most fields of study can apply.  Students are encouraged to have taken at least a first-year level German course before participating in the OBW exchange, but students without any German will also be considered.  While on the exchange, students will be required to take at least one German language course, and may also take courses in English (the number of courses taught in English and their subjects varies at the participating German universities).

Information on the program and the partner German universities can be found on the OBW website.  Please note that besides the exchange program, the OBW also offers a Summer Language Program (any level) and a Summer Research Program.

OBW Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3500 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the OBW exchange but are not eligible for the OBW scholarship).

Applying for the OBW Program

To apply for the OBW Exchange, students must submit both the University of Guelph's online study abroad application and the provincial paper application. Please ensure that you have completed all the requested information on the application form and attached any required supporting documents.

The OBW paper application must be submitted to the Centre for International Programs, University Centre, Level 3, University of Guelph by January 17, 2020.  The online U of G study abroad application is due by January 24, 2020.