Cornell - Cognitive Science in Germany
Osnabrueck dates from the middle ages when it was founded as an important trading route linking the coast of northern
Europe to the rest of the Europe. Home to 28,000 students in two major universities and countless bicycles, the city has restaurants, cafes,
and an art scene. The old town was restored following massive destruction in WWII, leaving a charming walkable downtown.
Osnabrueck is in a wealthy part of northwest Germany and is on the train line between Amsterdam and Berlin,
approx. 3 hours from each. The main university building is located downtown in a baroque castle.
AT A GLANCE
• Osnabrueck, Germany;
Pop. - 150,000
• Osnabrueck University
• 3.0 GPA or above
• COGST 1101 preferred
• German language not required
(1 semester recommended)
• Spring + Academic Year only
• See website for current costs
• Includes tuition, housing during pro-
seminar, excursions, activities, fees
• Financial aid applies
• Personal expenses, meals, travel
• March 1- Academic Year
• October 1 - Spring
CU ABROAD ADVISOR
• Dr. Kristen Grace
• Prof. Tamar Kushnir
• Prof. Morten Christiansen
On-site faculty collaborator
• Dr. Klaus Beyenbach
PRE-SESSION GERMAN COURSE
Students who have not studied German will attend a German class at Osnabrueck prior to the start of the semester. German is not needed inside the classroom,
and students with little German will find that they can negotiate their time outside the classroom with little difficulty, but an introduction to the language will go a
long way to helping students get more out of their experience, so the costs are covered in the comprehensive fee.
The German Academic Calendar runs from October to July. “Winter semester” - October to February and “Summer Semester” - April to July.
The interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science pulls together psychology, information science, neurobiology, philosophy, linguistics, human development, and
computer science. OU is also a home to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.
Osnabrueck offers active teaching and research in the following areas:
• Artificial Intelligence (neural networks, intelligent tutoring) through the Dept. of Computer Science
• Cognitive Psychology (inferencing, situated cognition, cognitive modeling);
• Neurobiology (neural signal processing);
• Neuroinformatics (machine learning applied to real-world problems, recurrent networks, self- organizing neural networks);
• Neurocybernetics (embodied cognition, evolutionary robotics, neural behavior control of autonomous systems, sensorimotor coordination of movement);
• Computational Linguistics (productivity in natural language, statistical natural language production),
• Neurobiopsychology (experimental and theoretical studies of sensory motor integration, learning and plasticity in the neural network, top-down signaling)
• Personality Research (motivation, self-regulation, personality development)
• Philosophy of Cognition (artificial intelligence, autonomous mobile robots, semantic mapping, action planning)
Use the following link to find courses in Cognitive Science at Osnabrueck.
*You will need to select courses for the appropriate term and year (remember, “summer” = our spring semester).
Course credits are given in Osnabrueck credits and ECTS, 2 ECTS = 1 Cornell credit.
Students must place at a “B2” level of German (typically the equivalent of a German 3000-level class at Cornell) in order to take regular university courses in German.
OU offers German language courses at all levels.
Cognitive Science Minor at Cornell:
In order to receive credit toward the Cognitive Science minor at Cornell, please review potential courses with the faculty representative for the minor prior to
enrolling in courses at Osnabrueck.
The International Office guarantees student housing for all incoming students. The Studentenwerk organization manages several halls of residence which
vary in size, location, and price. Information on the housing options is available on the Osnabrueck University website.
*Housing is available for 6 month and 12 month terms.