University of Fribourg Semester Program

Why Fribourg?

Although many students do not think of Switzerland when they think of French and German language studies, Fribourg is actually the perfect place to acquire either or both languages! The university is a bilingual campus offering diverse academic programs, a prestigious reputation, and a dynamic learning environment. It is easy to see why students from over 100 countries study at this beautiful university.

  • Term: Fall (September-December) and spring (February-June).
  • Eligibility: Open to all students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university; minimum 3.0 GPA; minimum junior standing by the time of study.
  • Credits: 12+ undergraduate credits.
  • Application deadline: March 15 for fall; October 1 for spring.

How to Apply

You must submit the SUNY Application to the Global Education Office at SUNY Plattsburgh by the application deadline. Once you have submitted the SUNY application, you will be notified about how to complete an online application for the University of Fribourg.


Humanities, law, social and economic sciences, theology, and the sciences are all areas of study offered at Fribourg. Students can choose to take courses in either German or French. For more information about available courses, please visit the University of Fribourg course catalog.


Students stay in a single room at the Cite St. Justin, a student dorm directly adjacent to campus. Rooms have a bed, sheets, blankets, pillow and a sink. Some rooms may even have a balcony. The management provides all bed linens but does not give out hand or bath towels. The rooms are by no means luxurious but are comfortable and centrally located. There are showers on each floor. The house rules have to be respected at all times. If you do not adhere to the rules, you may lose your housing privileges and be sent home by the director. The site has a laundry facility that operates with coins. You can buy soap conveniently in any of the numerous supermarkets in town.


Fribourg is a wonderful medieval city in the heart of Switzerland. It is located on the so-called "Roeschtigraben," the cultural frontier between French and German speaking Switzerland. For this reason, the town is one of Europe's few bilingual cities with a University. Fribourg is located in close proximity to Geneva, the host city of many international organizations. Its university is well respected across Europe and the world.

Cost Estimate

Please note that all fees are subject to change without notice. 

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.