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  • Locations: Giessen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Class Status: 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Areas of Study: German Studies, Law, Management, Sciences
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
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View and download a brochure here: Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen Flyer

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 Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen:
Justus Liebig Universität (JLU) is named for the world renowned nineteenth-century chemist, Justus Liebig, who became a professor here in 1824 and laid the foundations for the teaching of natural sciences. Originally found in 1607, Giessen is among the oldest institutions of higher educations in the German-speaking world, a legacy which has led the city to become one of the most student-dominated cities in Germany. Students can choose from a wide range of courses in German or English in strong fields such business and economics, psychology, sports, natural sciences and law. 
  • 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 Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen Video (German Language) and Learn More About Giessen.

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How to Apply:
The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study at the time of application. UMass students should first complete the UMass application process by clicking "Apply Now" on this site and applying to their home institution. Once approved for participation, students will be guided through the necessary application to Hessen, as well as all the other steps to complete the Pre-Depature and Post-Departure components of their application. 

The deadlines for student exchange applications are March 15 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.
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. The university town of Giessen is located 60 km north of Frankfurt in Hessen, in the midst of pleasant countryside, surrounded by hills and forests.
  • Historic buildings and modern construction are the center of this conference and retail center.
  • The university administration building is situated in downtown Giessen, not far from the Liebig science museum, the city theater and the botanical gardens.
  • The university also owns a 19th-century castle which is often used for meetings and special programs.
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. 

Justus Liebig Students
Giessen University is a modern institution which can take pride in some four centuries of past achievement. With around 28000 students, the university is prepared to meet any challenges that the future may bring.
  • 5,372 employees (as of April 2016), including:
  • Teaching and research staff: 3,005 (approximately 379 of whom are professors)
  • Administrative and technical staff: 2,367
  • Eleven faculties
  • Three special research areas with JLU as leading institution, 7 with JLU as a partner
  • Four research groups
  • Five research training groups
  • Three graduate centres
  • Three DFG priority programmes with JLU as leading institution
  • Around 90 formal agreements for partnerships, cooperative programs, and exchanges worldwide
  • 215 ERASMUS partner institutions within Europe
  • In addition, JLU cooperates with 18 universities in North America and 9 universities in Australia under the auspices of Hesse’s state partnership program
  • Around 2500 foreign students are enrolled at the University 
  • Partner Universities of JLU: University of Lodz, Kazan Federal University, Ege University Izmir, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin System, University of Massachusetts System
Learn more about Academics at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen.

Justus Liebig CrestDepartments: Important: The courses should be chosen at one faculty only to which the application is consequently sent. It is also necessary to select primarily courses corresponding to the student‘s major at the home university so that the application could be forwarded to a specific department. Only a minor part of courses not corresponding to the major may be selected. 
  • Only after the admission by the relative school, the student may apply to one or two courses at another JLU school.
  • Courses offered to the Erasmus program students are available for non-European exchange students.
  • It is better though to choose more courses in case some of them would be full.
Academic Year
The Winter Semester starts in October and ends in March. The Summer semester starts in April and ends in September. Official information can be found on their website.

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