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  • Locations: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Economics, European Studies, German Studies, Management
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 2
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
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The Hessen International Summer Universities (Hessen:ISUs) take place in different cities of Hessen every summer between June and August. Each ISU offers a different academic focus. Besides a four-week study program in English and/or German and German language courses at different levels (including beginners), the Hessen:ISUs offer weekend excursions and a diverse cultural program.


View and download a brochure here:  Hessen Short-Term Study Programs 2016

Why Hessen Exchange?:
Hessen Coat of ArmsThe Hessen-Massachusetts Academic Partnership was implemented in 2004. The objective of the state-to-state programs is to support student mobility as well as to implement and foster collaboration between researchers of institutions of higher education in Hessen and the partner state. The exchanges seek to create an environment of international knowledge, cultural competencies and linguistic skills for the future. The partnerships is supported by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts, as well as by the University of Massachusetts System. Exchange opportunities include short-term, semester and academic year programs.
  • The Hessen-Massachusetts exchange program provides enrolled students at one of the University of Massachusetts System universities with the opportunity to get international experience by studying abroad at one of the Hessen International Summer Universities (ISU), the Hessen International Winter Universities (IWU) or by enrolling in one of the participating Hessen universities, universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) and art academies for one or two academic semesters.
  • This experience will not only give you the chance to live in Germany and learn the language, but also adds a European dimension to your academic career. An increasing number of English taught courses are available.
  • The State of Hessen is situated in the heart of the Federal Republic of Germany and is home to some of the country's leading universities and research institutes, all of which are within easy reach of Frankfurt am Main, Germany's financial and banking center.
  • The UMass-Hessen Exchange represents a special alliance between the universities of the State of Hessen and those of the University of Massachusetts.
Learn more about the UMass-Hessen Exchange Program.

About the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main:
The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences offers an academic education with a clear practical orientation,. In this way, the 'Knowledge Transfer, Technology, and Innovation Consulting" department is an important coordination link between research and industry. It places scientists to assist in the solving of technical, business, and social issues. In these projects, students gain an insight into the requirements of companies and institutions. The University provides over 38 study programs in architecture, civil engineering, business, business law, informatics, engineering, social work, and health. It has a international student body, with over 12,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Founded in 1914 as Frankfurt University by a group of wealthy citizens, it was given its current name in 1932 in honour of the city's most famous son. Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programs, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy. The university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world. Students at Goethe benefit from studying and living in Frankfurt, the largest financial and trading center in Europe, and one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in all of Germany.
  • The Hessen government provides a partial scholarship, greatly reducing fees for UMass participants from those published on the Hessen university websites.
  • All US citizens and US green card holders are eligible for the scholarship rates.
  • Other students should see their study abroad advisor to discuss availability and program pricing.Tuition and fees are paid to UMass. 
Room and Board and other expenses will be paid to the host institution or by other arrangement as necessary.

Watch a Video About the Summer ISU in Hessen and Learn More About Frankfurt.

Learn more about the Hessen International Summer University Frankfurt.

Why the International Summer University?:
The Summer University at Franfkfurt University of Applied Sciences  is a short term program taught in English focused on students interested in European Students and European Studies, with students usually having a background in Social Sciences, Economics, Law, Business or politics. 

The program includes:
  • German language course
  • Tracks Seminars European Studies/Finance
  • Cultural and excursion program
  • All study material
  • Transportation fee for Frankfurt
  • Accommodation is provided in a hotel (in double rooms) with Wi-Fi access
Opening and Closing Events:
  • City Tour,
  • Visit to a climbing park,
  • A day excursion to the Eberbach Monastery,
  • A beautiful old convent and winery,
  • Apple Wine Evening,
  • Visit to  Dialog Museum, 
  • Two day excursion to Strasbourg, France, and
  • An optional trip to Berlin
The University welcomes motivated undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world with a background in Economics and Social Sciences, Business, Politics, or Law. Students who want to participate in the seminar program "European Finance" need to have special knowledge in the field of Finance.

Application Process:
1. Complete the internal UMass application process here online.
2. Complete the Hessen application itself and hand that in to your study abroad advisor.

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Why Study in Germany?
German FlagHessen is a German state in the heart of Europe. In addition to excellent study and research opportunities at some of Germany's leading universities, Hessen has a diverse and picturesque countryside, is full of culture and history and at the same time vibrant and modern. Half-timbered houses, medieval churches and castles of your childhood fairy tales contrast modern cosmopolitan cities like Frankfurt, Hessen's major international financial hub. Whether looking for a metropolitan or small-town university, you'll feel at home in Hessen. Frankfurt is the largest financial center in continental Europe and home to many large commercial banks.It is the biggest city in Hessen, a multicultural mix of native Germans, Turks, Asians, Africans, and other nationalities.
  • Due to its central position, Frankfurt is a vital air, rail and highway transportation pivot.
  • Culturally, Frankfurt is an imperative educational and recreational domain in the state, famous for its trade fairs.
  • Today it is rated among the top 10 most livable cities in the world (as rated by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.)
Student Experience:
  • Over 12% of students in Hessen are international, coming from all over the world to take advantage of high-quality academics and a great quality of life.
  • Student accommodation is available in student residences run by the Studentenwerk for approximately 180-300€/month or at the housing market for approximately 250€+/month.
  • An accommodation request form is included in the host institution application package.
  • Depending on the program, the ISUs provide accommodation in university dormitories, private apartments or with host families.
Frankfurt Students
The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences offers practice-oriented study programs of a high academic standard, opening the way to a broad range of attractive professions. Our international orientation smooths the way to the global job market: we offer not only a wide range of language courses and language learning levels, but have partnerships with 140 universities worldwide. All of our students graduate with a Bachelor or Master degree, in conformity with international standards.The four faculties and over 60 study programs reflect the academic profile of the university. The broad range of study programs is being continually supplemented and extended to include a range of future-oriented subjects.
  • The application-oriented research gears education to the realities of professional life.
  • The goal of the University is to provide a top academic quality education which is at the same time practice- and application-oriented. To fulfill these standards, key qualifications such as team competence and work techniques are an integral part of studies. 
  • The university considers itself to be a service provider for students. To this end, it creates the conditions for a successful course of studies. The concept embraces the careful planning of studies, includes didactic aspects, and extends to student services, such as course guidance and individual care.
  • 250 full-time and part-time teaching staff, equipped with the relevant professional experience, guarantee that students receive a top quality academic and practice-oriented training. 700 administrative staff provide advisory and care services tailored to the needs of the individual and ensure optimal conditions for a successful and rapidly completed course of studies.
  • Lecture theaters, seminar rooms and laboratories, supported by modern media and technical equipment, and a university library with a large collection of periodicals provide valuable support for students. Internet access is also offered via Wireless-Lan connection.
  • The University has over 13,500 young men and women from more than 100 nations, and has become a place to study successfully, to become experts on today`s world while studying for the future.
Frankfurt University Campus

Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.A record number of approximately 46,500 students enrolled at Goethe University for the winter semester 2014/2015. This makes the university not only the largest in Hessen but also one of the three largest in the whole of Germany.
  • Goethe University scored well again in national and international comparisons of universities and subjects in 2014.
  • In the Shanghai ranking, Frankfurt University was jointly ranked with the Universities of Freiburg and Göttingen at fifth to seventh place among German universities, on a par with the previous year. In the worldwide QS ranking, Goethe University was again highly placed as in the previous year, achieving 14th place nationally and being ranked at 217 internationally.
  • Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.
Academic Term
The ISU at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main typically takes place over four weeks between July and August. Official information can be found on their website.

Goethe Universitat Academics

This program is currently not accepting applications.