Freiburg Madison Sister City Scholarship

Madison, Wisconsin and Freiburg, Germany have a sister city relationship which fosters cultural exchanges and activities between the two communities. The Freiburg Madison Sister City Scholarship is established and sponsored by the City of Freiburg, in cooperation with the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee (MFSCC) and Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft (FMG), and is intended to promote sister city relations between Madison and Freiburg. For more information about the Sister City groups in Madison and Freiburg, visit:

Eligibility Criteria
Pending the yearly approval of funds, this competitive scholarship will be awarded to 2-4 students on the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program administered by UW Study Abroad program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The following eligibility criteria apply:
  1. In order to be considered for Freiburg Madison Sister City Scholarship for this application round, an applicant must have completed their program application by the priority deadline of January 21, 2022. If awarded a scholarship, the student must be a participant in the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program for the academic year 2022-23.

  2. Be a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or Edgewood College.

How to Apply
Application is open NOW! The deadline is March 15, 2022. Incomplete scholarship applications or applications submitted to the office will not be considered. To apply, please log into Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through your student center or by logging in directly using the ‘My Applications’ button at the top of this page.

Selection Criteria
Essay required.
Special consideration will be given to applicants who possess the following characteristics and/or traits:
  • From the Madison area
  • First time abroad
  • Honors
  • Financial need
  • First-generation college student

UW Study Abroad takes into consideration other awards a student may have been offered.

Award Information
The award is 300 euros per month from September 2022 through August 2023. Please note that the Freiburg Madison Sister City Scholarship cannot be held at the same time as the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship or the Baden-Württemberg Stipendium. These scholarships are mutually exclusive. Recipients of more than one of these scholarships must choose which scholarship to accept and inform IAP of the decision as soon as possible.

Conditions of Award
Student must be a participant in the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) program. Completion of the study abroad program is a requirement of the scholarship. In addition, recipients are required to submit a thank-you letter for the donor. Recipients of this award are required to participate in events and activities during and after the study abroad experience to further foster the collaboration between Freiburg & Madison. Specifically, you will attend at least one FMG event in Freiburg during your time abroad. AYF staff will provide you with information regarding FMG events. Upon your return, you will be asked to share your experience with the MFSCC by either attending the annual MFSCC dinner or another MFSCC event. In addition, you will work with your IAP Study Abroad Advisor to share your experience with other UW-Madison students via an outreach event on-campus.

Donor Information
Additional information on the scholarships and their respective donors can be found on the Scholarship Chart or the Madison Freiburg Sister City Committee page.

300€ per month
International Academic Programs
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please list all of the University-level German classes you have taken. Please include the grade and semester.
  2. Please write an essay that addresses the following questions (up to 500 words, total). Before writing the essay, please read the Freiburg-Madison Scholarship description carefully and include all relevant information about yourself (such as characteristics given special consideration) in the essay that would distinguish you as an ideal candidate.
    1. What inspired you to choose Freiburg for your study abroad?
    2. What do you know about the city and its university?
    3. If you were to receive an award, how would you use your study abroad experience to further your (personal, professional, academic) goals?
    4. How would you use your experience to impact the Madison community and share your experience with the Madison community?
    5. How would you communicate your experience in Freiburg to the Madison community while you are still studying in Freiburg? (e.g., blog, Facebook page, dispatches to be included in newsletters of the MFSCC mailing list, etc.)