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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, Engineering, Environmental/Sustainability Studies, German Studies, Liberal Arts, Sciences 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.

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View and download a brochure here: Justus Liebig Universitat Giessen FlyerHessen Short-Term Study Programs 2016

Why Hessen Exchange?:
The 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 Universität Kassel:
Founded in 1971, Universität Kassel is the newest university in Hessen. Current enrollment is approximately 22,877 students, including students from over 115 countries.  Interdisciplinary research is a priority for the University, including research cooperation and dialogue with institutions from all over the world. All study programs are open to German and international students. The University offers a range of degrees including fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Fine Arts and Architecture, among others. 
  • 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 Universität Kassel Campus Video and Learn More About the Summer ISU at Kassel.

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?:
The International Summer University (ISU) in Kassel is a short-term program that is held during the summer season by the Universität Kassel every year. In addition to the 12 international master programs, Universität Kassel organizes ISU Kassel as one of its internationalization strategies. 
  • The program of ISU Kassel is designed for university students as well as researchers and professionals who want to learn more about German and European perspectives in Environmental Sciences and German Language & Culture.
  • Environmental science has been one of the strengths of Universität Kassel since its foundation in 1971.
  • ISU Kassel is now overseen by Universität Kassel’s International Study Center and shares the motto: “Sustainable Environment Cultural Heritage Student Potential – WE CARE” with its sister program, the International Winter University (IWU) Kassel.
  • The theme “sustainability” does not only cover the academic content of ISU, but also the program design which encourages continuous learning within and outside classrooms.
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?
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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. Kassel, population 200,000, is situated near the center of Germany and has an illustrious 1,100 year history.
  • It is home of the Brothers Grimm, who collected their fairy tales there and initiated the study of the German language.
  • While it has a strong industrial past, Kassel has hosted many cultural and scientific endeavors, such as the first purpose-built opera house, the first public museum, a unique tapestry museum, and the mountain park Wilhelmshoehe.
  • The city also hosts the Documenta every five years, a large contemporary arts exhibition.

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.
Universitat Kassel Students
Founded in 1971, the University of Kassel is the newest university in the state of Hessen. Current enrollment is approximately 23.696 students. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate study programs in the fields of: Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics, Business and Law, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning, Organic Agriculture Sciences and Environmental Protection, and Fine Arts. The university also employs more than 3.265 staff, including 303 professors as well as approximately 1.484 additional academic staff and 1,246 technical and administrative staff.
  • All study programs are open to German and international students and the university offers a range of degrees, including the traditional German Diplom as well as Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees.
  • International summer and winter universities, intensive German language courses and orientation programs for international students make Kassel an attractive place to live and study. At present, students from over 115 countries are enroled at the University of Kassel.
  • Interdisciplinary research is a priority for the University of Kassel. This includes research cooperation and dialogue with research institutions from all over the world. Each academic year, more than 100 visiting scholars engage in research projects in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Kassel.
  • Nature, technology, culture, society – by combining these four fields of competence, the University of Kassel has set new standards. This particular combination is unique in Germany and clearly shapes the academic profile of the university.Learn more about Academics at Universität Kassel.
Learn more about Academics at Universität Kassel.

Universitat Kassel LogoDepartments:
  • Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Planning
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Art and Design
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 Universität Kassel 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 Term
The Summer ISU takes place over four weeks between June and July. More information can be found on their website.

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