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Who can apply: UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Areas of Study: Culture, German Studies, Health Sciences/Public Health, Social Work
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 2
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
Hochschule Fulda

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.

Hessen ISU Infographic

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 Hochschule Fulda:
Hochschule Fulda is a practice-oriented university with an international profile and a special focus on applied research. Founded in 1974, the university encompasses eight departments with 55 study programs, over 8,300 students, almost 1,100 international students from more than 100 countries, 170 professors, and 125 academic and research staff. The university offers a broad spectrum of academic and professional education with a focus on health, nutrition, and food. Numerous research and development projects are undertaken in cooperation with private business and industry. The University cooperates with over 100 universities around the world and is adding new international programs all the time.
  • 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 Hochschule Fulda Campus Video (German Language) and Learn More About Summer ISUs in Hessen.

Why the International Summer University?:
The Summer University at Hochschule Fulda is a short term program taught in English focused on Advancing Sustainability-Economic, Social, and Ecological Dimensions from a Global Perspective. Seminars from the fields of Business, Culture and Society, Public Health, and Social Work are available. You will take German language courses up to the DSH exam and experience an introduction to German culture (history, politics, economy, music, art, cinema, concerts and company visits), as well as take field trips to Berlin, Cologne/Bonn and Weimar where workshops in dance, cooking with German recipes, theatre, media, and sports are available. You will spend an unforgettable summer at one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany and meet new friends from Germany and from around the world. 

The University welcomes motivated undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world with a background or interest in health, society and economics, and who would like to learn the German language or improve their language skills.

The program includes:
  • Seminars, project work and lectures taught in English,
  • Hands-on experiences in projects and during field trips,
  • Company visits, sightseeing, and lots-of-fun-activities,
  • An international and intercultural classroom,
  • Field trips to Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, and other destinations in southern Germany,
  • Instruction by expert professors and practitioners, and
  • German language classes for beginners and advanced learners
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.

Hochschule Fulda Campus
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 historic and Baroque city of Fulda is located between the Rhön and Vogelsberg mountains in the green geographic center of Germany.
  • A region home to many mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering companies and firms, Fulda provides an ideal study abroad location for students studying sciences or engineering.
  • A city of 63,000, Fulda boasts one of Germany’s most picturesque and charming old towns and attracts visitors from all around the world.
  • Centrally located, Fulda is situated along a highway, served by the Intercity Express, Germany’s high-speed train system, and has easy access to Frankfurt airport one hour away.
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.
Hochschule Fulda Academics
Hochschule Fulda is a practice-oriented university with an international profile. The special focus on applied research includes the independent right to confer the doctorate. Founded in 1974, the university encompasses, at present, eight departments with 55 study programs, approx. 8,300 students and almost 1,100 international students from more than 100 countries, 170 professors, 125 academic and research staff, plus 250 administrative staff.  

The university offers a broad spectrum of academic and professional education with a special focus on "health, nutrition, and food." Numerous research and development projects are undertaken in cooperation with private business and industry. Fulda University cooperates with ca. 100 universities around the world. The number of international programs is growing continuously: "International Management," "Intercultural Communication and European Studies," "International Food Business and Consumer Studies," "Sustainable Food Systems," or "Global Software Development." These Master's programs are partly or entirely taught in English. In October 2016 an international Bachelor's program in "Science & Engineering" will start, the first two semesters taught in English, accompanying German classes. 

Studying at Hochschule Fulda means:
  • Right in the centre of Germany,
  • No tuition fees: education is funded by the state,
  • Practice-oriented education with a strong focus on applied research,
  • State of the art laboratories,
  • Strong links to business and industry: good job opportunities, and
  • Excellent support services for international students.
Learn more about Academics at Hochschule Fulda.

Academic Term
The ISU at Hochschule Fulda typically takes place over four weeks between July and August. Official information can be found on their website.

Hochschule Fulda Students

This program is currently not accepting applications.