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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: Culture, German Studies, Peace/Conflict Studies Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
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The Hessen International Winter Universities (Hessen:IWUs) take place in different cities of Hessen every winter during the month of January. 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:IWUs offer weekend excursions and a diverse cultural program.

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View and download a brochure here: Philipps-Universitat Marburg FlyerHessen 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 Philipps-Universität Marburg:
Philipps-Universität Marburg, founded in 1527 after the beginning of the Reformation, was the first university in Europe with a Protestant faculty. It is the oldest and most traditional university in Hessen and considers itself a classical university with a modern approach, as well as one of the best universities in Germany and one of the most modern in Europe. Its broad range of arts, humanities and challenging scientific work, constitute a platform for interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • 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 Philipps-Universität Marburg Campus Video and Learn More About the Summer ISU at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

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.

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Why the International Summer University?:
Since 1999 over 1000 students from more than 70 countries have visited Marburg to participate at the ISU program. The ISU offers a well-balanced combination of academic courses and a carefully planned social program. Join other international students in Marburg this summer and broaden your perspective, challenge your world view, and experience four summer weeks like you have never had before! 
  • The ISU 2016 will take place from July 16, 2016 till August 13, 2016.
  • Choose academic courses from a wide range of study areas and earn credits towards your degree, of try out something completely new!
  • The ISU 2016 will be dedicated to the topic of Business, Politics, and Conflicts in a Changing World. Selected Topics in: Business and Accounting, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
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 adviser.

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Why Study in Germany?
Hessen 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. Marburg, a historic university town, is centrally located in Germany and combines the feel of a large city with the charm of a small one.
  • Marburg's magnificent location is characterized by wooded hills and the winding curve of the Lahn River.
  • Marburg offers beautiful castle grounds extensive forests, a swimming pool, a sports stadium, tennis courts, and riding schools supply plentiful recreation.
  • The cultural atmosphere of Marburg is that of a large city, offering the Marburg Theater, many concert and film series, the Kunstmarkt, traditional folk and religious festivals, and lectures. 

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.
Marburg Students
Founded in 1527, Philipps-Universität Marburg is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Marburg, Hessen. Officially accredited/recognized by the Hessen Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Philipps-Universität Marburg is a large coeducational higher education institution with over 20,000 students.Philipps-Universität Marburg offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
  • The university’s success in research is well above average. Especially in the humanities, Philipps-Universität offers a wide range of courses with a numerous opportunities for combining subjects.
  • Short course durations, outstanding research, qualified training for the next generation and intensive international networking – these highlights distinguish Philipps-Universität.
  • This 489 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades.
  • Philipps-Universität is the most important employer in Marburg which has only 81,000 inhabitants: There are about 25,000 students and 4,450 employees (in addition there are 4,300 employees in the university hospital, which is private since January 2006).
  • Philipps-Universität is as good as its employees and students. On the one hand, (inter)national awards bear witness to the achievements of its scientists and, on the other, the dedication of the university to providing optimal working conditions for its members has also been acknowledged many times.Learn more about Academics at Philipps-Universität Marburg.
Learn more about Academics at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

Philipps Universitat LogoDepartments: 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 Philipps-Universität faculty.
  • 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 Term
The Summer ISU takes place over four weeks in July and August. More information can be found on their website.

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