Program SnapshotSituated on the river Lahn and surrounded by forests, Marburg welcomes you! This beautiful and rare medieval city is just as famous for its surroundings as its famous alumni, including the Brothers Grimm! Enjoy the safety and security of this beautiful small town while studying in either English or German. ISEP participants can choose from 3 options:
ISEP-Exchange Academic Immersion: Excellent fields include languages, education, history, law, economics, and theology (students should have working German knowledge).
ISEP-Direct International Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP): No previous German language is required for this intensive German language program available for all levels. Choose additional electives from a selection of regular university courses taught in English. ISEP-Direct program includes excursions to Berlin and other exciting, important historical sites as well as special evening lectures on cultural topics.
ISEP-Direct Summer Program:German language plus subject courses on main topic (currently: Business, Politics, and Conflicts in a Changing World. Selected Topics in Business and Accounting, Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and German Studies). No previous German language is required for this intensive German language program available for all levels.
LocationThe city of Marburg, on the river Lahn in western Germany, is surrounded by forests and is situated about 45 miles north of Frankfurt-am-Main, where you can take a plane or train to virtually anywhere in the world. It is one of the few early medieval cities of almost unchanged character.
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PROGRAM TYPEISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.
Chance of PlacementISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.
Program DatesExchange: Academic year: early October to late July;
Semester 1: early October to February;
Semester 2: early April to late July.
ISEP-Direct: Semester 1 (early September to mid-December),
September 2 (early March to mid-June)
Marburg offers anInternational Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP) which allows a student to spend a semester studying intensive German language as well as a selection of regular university courses taught mainly in English. Students may choose from courses taught in a variety of fields with an international spectrum of concentration. No previous German language is required since the language courses are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The IUSP program is offered during both the fall (early September to mid-December) and spring (early March to mid-June) semesters. Students can apply for semester or full year programs.
Included in the ISEP Direct fee is a cultural program with excursions to important historical and cultural sites. In past semesters, IUSP excursions have taken students to Frankfurt, Berlin, Weimar, Eisenach, Cologne, Heidelberg, Munich, Hamburg, etc. The excursions take place on weekends. Students also receive a 200 Euro meal stipend each semester. For additional information, please visit the IUSP website.
Information about ISEP Direct fees and dates.
* Please note that all ISEP students enrolled in Marburgs Direct programs (Academic Year and Summer) need to purchase full ISEP health insurance coverage.
The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2016: $3,600
Full Year 16-17: $17,900
Semester 1 16-17: $9,950
Semester 2 16-17: $9,950
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: June 15, 2016
SM2: November 30, 2016
Summer ProgramMarburg ISU (International Summer University: German language plus subject courses (in English or German) on main topic (currently: Peace and Conflict, the Near and Middle East). The program also covers exciting excursions to cities such as Berlin, Weimar, Frankfurt or Munich on the weekends. The ISU location, cafeteria and the romantic and picturesque old city with its castle, cafés, pubs, boutiques, movie theatres, museums and theatres are all within walking distance. Weekend trips, evening events and special lectures provide a diverse program and complement your classroom studies, as well as allow you to easily make friends from all over the world!
Marburg International Summer Program Homepage
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Marburg, Germany (pop. 86,000)Language of instruction: German, English
Student Enrollment: 25,000
Student Enrollment: 25,000
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ISEP-Direct Intensive German Language & Courses Taught in English - IUSP (fall or spring semester)
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: University-level Courses
American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, Gender & Feminist Studies, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Organizational Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology.
Option 2: ISEP-Direct: Semester or Full Year
Marburg offers an International Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP) which allows a student to spend a semester studying intensive German language alongside a selection of regular university courses taught mainly in English. Students may choose from courses taught in a variety of fields with an international spectrum of concentration. No previous German language is required since the language courses are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The IUSP program is offered during both the fall (early September to mid-December) and spring (early March to mid-June) semesters. Students can apply for semester or full year placement. Included in the ISEP-Direct fee is health insurance coverage and a cultural program with excursions and weekend trips to important historical and cultural sites. For additional information, please visit the IUSP website.
Option 3: ISEP-Direct Summer Program
Marburg also offers a fee-paid summer program (mid/late July to mid/late August). The program combines German language study (beginners, advanced 1 and 2) with thematic courses available in English or German (main topic currently Peace and Conflict / Near and Middle East / Finance and Accounting) for a total of 9 ECTS credits (5-6 US credits).
Courses taught in EnglishSome courses on ISEP-Exchange can be taken in English. However, participants should have very good working German knowledge as the majority of courses and the orientation program are conducted in German. Courses in the ISEP-Direct IUSP program (see Direct information for courses) are taught mainly in English.
Academic NotesClass descriptions are posted online later than what many colleges and universities outside of Germany are accustomed to. The reason for this lies in the differing academic calendars. The classes for the spring semester in Marburg are published in January; classes for the fall semester in Marburg are published in June. We recommend looking at classes from the previous academic year to get a feel for what classes will be offered in the corresponding semester of the current academic year.
Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1, in August for Semester 2 and in August for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.
Option 1: ISEP Exchange full year or semester enrollment in university courses
Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 semesters of university level German or its equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Notes: Semi-intensive beginners-intermediate German language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year on a fee-paying basis. Contact hours: 8 hours per week.
Pre-session A 4 week pre-session German language course is offered before the start of each semester on a fee-paying basis.
Options 2: ISEP DIRECT (IUSP) - No previous German language is required. Language courses are taught at all levels. The first 6 weeks of the IUSP Program are language intensive paired with a history and culture course.
Special Academic ConditionsJunior-year standing is not required provided students have an adequate knowledge of German. Enrollment in certain subjects, especially health sciences, is subject to prior approval by the university.
Hints for Researching CoursesCourses in English
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a German website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
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Housing and MealsStudents are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls run by the Studentenwerk, the official student organization. For the Exchange option a monthly stipend covers meals and housing.ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 400€. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.
OrientationStudents should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English.
For detailed description and schedule of orientation please refer to: http://www.uni-marburg.de/studium/raa/studinternational/oeinternational More info will also be sent to students with the letters of acceptance. For the IUSP program, there will be a 2-day Orientation Program which will provide assistance in the accomplishment of all formalities connected with the opening of a bank account, taking out a health insurance policy, or the recognition of an existing foreign health insurance, assistance with the authorities, finding one’s way around Marburg etc.
Student ActivitiesBut there is more to life than just work. For this reason, the Philipps-Universität also promotes other talents. The language center offers qualified courses as well as a self-study center. The university leisure sports program offers more than 30 different disciplines including numerous water sports at the university boathouses on the Lahn River and Eder Lake, as well as martial arts and disease prevention classes with Yoga and Shiatsu. In addition, the guesthouse Hirschegg, which is owned by the Marburg University Association, can be used for skiing and hiking trips in the Austrian Alps.
As in sports, so in music: students and staff sing together in the uniCHOIR or play music together in the Student Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Young Marburg Philharmonic or the student Big Band. The music house in the botanical garden can be used for practice. And the more eloquent speakers of the university meet in the Marburg debating club.
Those who prefer to enjoy culture passively can visit the university museums and exhibitions: the art museum, the antiques and casts collections, the mineralogical, religious and ethnological exhibitions as well as the "Anatomicum" museum. The main tourist attraction, however, is the castle. It is Germany's largest secular Gothic building still in existence, and it contains the University Museum of Cultural History. The old and new botanical gardens do not only attract visitors in the summer months. Tropical greenhouses and botanical exhibitions can be visited all year round.
ProfileThe University of Marburg is not only a German university steeped in tradition, it is also the world's oldest university, founded in 1527 as a Protestant university. The Uni Marburg – as locals often refer to the Philipps-Universität - has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries.
Marburg has approximately 86,000 residents. With 25,000 students and 6,000 people working for the university, the saying goes that, while other cities may have a university, Marburg is a university. The majority of students in Marburg come from all over Germany. The Philipps-Universität also has more than 30 international partnerships and exchange agreements with other colleges and universities worldwide. There are some 2,000 scientists and scholars teaching and performing research at the university in Marburg, and more than 400 of them are professors and university lecturers.