A signing ceremony of the “Memorandum of Understanding” marked an agreement between Harvard University and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (University of Freiburg), which will provide study abroad opportunities for Harvard undergraduates through the Harvard College Europe Program.

“The Harvard College program to be launched in Freiburg is the first faculty-led semester-long study-abroad program in Harvard history,” said Jorge Dominguez, vice provost for international affairs, who was present at the Oct. 31 ceremony.

The University of Freiburg will also instantly become the largest site for semester-long Harvard undergraduate study during this academic year — Paris will rank second and Havana third, Dominguez noted.

The Harvard College Europe Program’s goal is to introduce Harvard students to “European answers to the challenges of the modern world,” according to the program’s designer, Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History.

The program encompasses study abroad in Freiburg, Germany, with course offerings at Universität Basel in Basel, Switzerland, and Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France.

Beckert will be the resident Harvard faculty director, as well as the academic adviser during the inaugural spring 2012 term in Freiburg.

The development of the program was funded by the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences. During the inaugural year, the David S. Howe Fund for the Harvard College Europe Program will support program activities such as student and faculty excursions to Warsaw and Istanbul.

The undergraduates selected for the inaugural spring 2012 exchange program include Emma Langham Brown ’14, Marlee Chong ’13, Daniel Gross ’13, Emily Howell ’13, Esther Lee ’13, Anna Mapes ’13, Samuel Mendez ’14, Alexandra (Sasha) Mironov ’13, Dennis Mwaura ’12, Rose Nyameke ’14, Debanjan Pain ’13, Lauren Paul ’13, Catherine Rea ’14, Eleanor Regan ’13, Mikaël Schinazi ’12, Minh Trinh ’14, Christopher Walleck ’14, Jinzhao Wang ’14, Colby Wilkason ’13, and Julie Yen ’14.

University of Freiburg Professor Franz-Josef Brüggemeier will be a guest professor at Harvard in the History Department during the spring 2012 term.