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Who can apply: UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Areas of Study: German Studies, Law, Management, Sciences Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
Justus-Liebig Universitat

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: Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen Flyer 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 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 Campus Video and Learn More About Giessen.

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.

Justus-Liebig Campus
Why the International Summer University?:
Since its first edition in 2005, the Hessen International Summer University (ISU) has increasingly gained global recognition. In 2016, the faculties of Law, Business and Economics, Agricultural Sciences and Medicine of the Justus Liebig University Giessen are looking forward to host students from all over the world! The courses, which form the academic part of our program, are not only designed to educate participants in the highly popular fields of intellectual property and biotechnology, but also to inspire them. The interdisciplinary program is designed for postgraduates, undergraduates with some basic knowledge in the area of biotechnology, and young professionals, who want to learn about the European way of dealing with the challenges of the new and developing industry. Furthermore, it is attracting for people who want to gain some first-hand experience with German and European culture.
  • All seminars are taught in English by internationally established academics and practitioners.
  • Furthermore, students will attend German language courses of different levels according to their previous knowledge.
  • The program combines high-quality teaching with a wide range of cultural and social activities. In addition to the academic courses, we offer various field trips: one on-site visit at an international biotechnology company (Merck, Bayer or BASF), a three-day trip to Hamburg and a three-day trip to Berlin, these will add more practical elements to the content learned in class. The students will visit some of the most beautiful places in Germany during these trips.
  • Above all, studying abroad will broaden one's horizon. Participants will gain intercultural knowledge because of the interaction with their fellow students but most important, they will spend a great time in an international environment.
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.

Justus-Liebig ISU
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 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
  • Excellent student support: The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has awarded the Award for Excellent International Student Support at German Universities to JLU's international office
  • International flair: 30% of JLU's doctoral students and around 15% of all students in Giessen are international
  • Exceptionally broad range of subjects with exclusive interdisciplinary study options
  • Excellent research opportunities at a university strong in research and with two clusters of excellence
  • Renowned German intensive courses: From absolute beginner to DSH-level (university entrance level) within one academic year!
  • Study in the green heart of Germany and at the same time only 40 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt am Main, Germany's financial center with one of Europe's busiest airports
  • Lokal International - the international student meeting place with jam sessions, language practice, karaoke and games, cooking events, etc.
  • Excellent job opportunities through interlacement of teaching and research, practitioners, career center ,alumni service, etc.
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 September and ends in January. The Summer semester starts in March and ends in September. Official information can be found on their website.

Justus-Liebig Building

This program is currently not accepting applications.