Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V.









The Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft (FMG) was founded in 1989, one year after the city partnership agreement was signed between Madison (capital of the state of Wisconsin) and Freiburg. 


Welcoming all who encourage and support exchanges between the two cities, the FMG wants to make it possible for the people of Madison and Freiburg to become well acquainted with each other. This should foster a better understanding of each other’s culture and strengthen relations between the two nations. Our counter part, the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee in Wisconsin is guided by the same ideals. 


Promoting the exchange of high school and college students from the two university cities is one of FMG’s major objectives. Here too, FMG works in close cooperation with the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee. Both organizations annually enable some young people to spend a year at a foreign school or university, as well as providing assistance in locating practical training areas or help the students with their exchange. Leisure time activities for the students, such as cultural events, hikes, and guided tours are also at the top of FMG’s agenda. 


Due to the fact that the universities of Freiburg and Madison work closely together regarding the exchange of students, strong ties have developed between the respective faculties of economics. While in Freiburg, the Madison students can take an intensive look at aspects of the economic integration within the European Union (EU). Likewise, their German counterparts in Madison will study particular features of the American economy. 


Additionally, FMG offers all citizens of Freiburg the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of American literature, economy, politics, and customs (e.g. Halloween, Thanksgiving) and to all Americans living in Freiburg and its surroundings to get acquainted with their German neighbors. Such a get-together is organized jointly with the Carl-Schurz-Haus in a convivial atmosphere of a German-American round table meeting where we discuss matters of mutual interest. This German-American round table is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at the Greiffenegg Schlössle, Schlossbergring 3, D-79098 Freiburg i. Br. 


Guests are always welcome !


Aktualisiert am 25 Februar, 2017