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TASSEP - Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
Jena, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/11/2018 05/11/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019 05/11/2018 05/11/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
German Program Advisor: Aaron Watkins
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Program Type: UF Exchange
Program Description:


General Information

The Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program is a consortium of member universities from the European Union, Canada and the United States. Through strong academic advising by science faculty, who work in close cooperation with their study abroad offices, TASSEP ensures that students are properly advised about course selection and eases the problems of receiving credit for courses taken abroad. The goal is to permit students to take most of their normal junior level courses abroad and still be able to graduate on time.

As an exchange program, TASSEP provides the most affordable means for students to study abroad. Students simply pay tuition in their home institution and can enroll in the foreign university with no additional costs. Additionally, students have the freedom to choose their living situations, their meal options and other incidentals ensuring that students have the freedom to maximize their dollars' value.

Purpose and Goals

As scientific activities, both in private industry as well as university and government laboratories, become increasingly international in scope, it is essential that science students become familiar with foreign cultures, languages, and economic systems. One of the most effective vehicles for addressing this problem is through exchange programs in which students spend a year abroad, living much like the students at the foreign university. The goal of the present program is to facilitate these opportunities for science students. Science students face unique problems because of the large number of required courses in the standard four or five year curriculum, and because of the vertical structure of the science curriculum.

The TASSEP exchange program for science students is a vehicle that permits students to study their chosen discipline at a foreign university. The agreement insures that students receive full credit for courses taken at the foreign university. Students pay tuition and fees at their home institution and thereby receive student status at the foreign university. The exchange program is based on 1:1 reciprocity in which one foreign student replaces a student from the home institution. Each institution retains control of student selection as well as the number of students that participate in the program. The program is limited to students enrolled in the participating universities.


Students have a choice between attending classes or taking part in a summer research project (2-3 months) at a foreign university. Availability of summer research projects must be checked with the TASSEP coordinator at the foreign university. For students attending classes, they directly enroll in the European university for 1 or 2 semesters or an entire academic year (late September till early June) and take classes with local students. Course enrollment is decided by prior agreement between the student, his or her advisor, and the foreign university representative or coordinator. Communication between the two universities ensures that selected courses will be available. 

Note that most lower-level undergraduate courses at continental European universities are taught in the native language, whereas more advanced courses are often offered in English. We therfore encourage students to apply for this program in their 3rd or 4th year at UF. If attending classes at  a non-English speaking European university, it is recommended that students have one or two semesters of university-level coursework in that language. Exceptions to the minimum language requirements may be made in consultation with the foreign university advisor. Most of the non-English universities also offer intensive language programs during a one or two month period prior to the start of the academic year.

Foreign Language Requirements

Each school has different language requirements, but a majority of the schools will teach courses in the language of the host country.  In general, the Scandinavian universities in Aarhus and Lund offer many more advanced-level coursework in English. For more information about the language requirements, please communicate with either Nick Polfer, Academic Manager for TASSEP, or Aaron Watkins, Study Abroad Advisor for Germany.

Member Institutions

There are nineteen European member institutions, representing ten countries. Please visit the website (hosted by UNC) for general information on TASSEP.  For specific information about each of these institutions, including the courses of study available, the language of instruction, and more, click on the appropriate links below. Each school's name is a hyperlink to the homepage for the university and the link to the right is a link to their course offerings.

Technische Universität Wien in Vienna (Course Listings)

Aarhus University in Aarhus (Course Listings)

Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physicue Electronique in Lyon (Course Listings)
Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (Course Listings)
Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (Course Listings)
Université Paris-Sud 11 in Orsay (Course Listings)
Université Paris 6 in Paris (Course Listings)

Technische Universität Berlin in Berlin (Course Listings)
Friedrich-Schiller Universität in Jena (Course Listings)

Trinity College in Dublin (Course Listings)

Università degli Studi Di Pavia in Pavia (Course Listings)
Università di Bologna in Bologna (
Course Listings)

Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Course Listings)
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela (Course Listings)
Universidad del Pais Vasco in San Sebastian or Bilbao (Course Listings)

Lund Universitet in Lund (Course Listings)

Université de Genève in Geneva (Course Listings)

United Kingdom:
University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland (Course Listings)

Instructions for Students Interested in TASSEP

For students who are interested in participating in TASSEP, please contact Professor Nick Polfer for more information.  Additionally, For more information on the logistics of studying abroad, please contact Aaron Watkins in the UF International Center.

UF's science faculty TASSEP contact:
Professor Nick Polfer
Department of Chemistry
Phone: 352-392-0492

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Aaron Watkins
UF International Center
Phone: 352-294-3335

TASSEP Quick and Important Info.pdf