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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

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Program Snapshot

Another member of the TU-9 schools of Excellence in Germany, LUH Hannover offers unique courses in landscape architecture and horticulture, as well as business, economics, literature and language, with a selection of courses every semester in English. LUH Hannover has a reputation for being a "green metropolis" and for being the city where the "highest" German is spoken. Additionally, the city offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, and is centrally located for travel on Germany's excellent public transport system.

Option 1: ISEP Exchange for Semester or Full Year (German, English)
Option 2: ISEP Direct International Summer School of Economics and Management (English)

Hannover is located at the junction of all essential transportation networks in Germany and is the cultural and economic centre of the German state of Lower Saxony. Hannover is the heart of a region of about 1.2 million people, and is surround by numerous lakes, forests, and hills. The Harz Mountains are about 80 km to the south, and the famous "Luneburger Heide" is in the north.

The city itself offers numerous parks and idyllic gardens, which have helped to spread the city's reputation for being a "green metropolis" - amoung them are the famous royal gardens in Herrenahusen. Today's city shows an attractive mixture of historic buildings and modern architecture.

The old city centre and the modern shopping areas are surrounded by attractive living districts of the 19th century architecture. Hannover occupies the leading position in the international trade fair business: five of the ten biggest exhibitions in the world take place in Hannover. The flagship is CeBIT, which is the world's largest fair in the fields of communication, information, and telecommunications. In 2000, the city hosted the World Exposition EXPO 2000, which attracted participants and visitors from all over the world.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: Summer programs available

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exhange chance of placement for I-to-l students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid October - mid July;
Semester 1: early October - mid February;
Semester 2: early April to mid July.

Summer Program
Option 2: ISEP Direct International Summer School of Economics and Management: Gain practical experience this summer in the center of Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany! This International Summer School invites students to spend 4 weeks in the "green metropolis" of Hannover, Germany. Students attend English lectures in Economics and Business, as well as learn about German language and culture, while being able to collect course credits. Field trips to surrounding German companies and optional excursions to Munich, the home of Oktoberfest, are offered.

Fast Facts
Hannover, Germany (pop. 515,000)
Student Enrollment: 25,000
Language of instruction: German, English
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Summer School for Economics and Management

Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Law, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Horticulture, Geography, Geology, Life Science, Plant Biotechnology), Humanities (German language and literature, English language and literature, philosophy, history, theology, social sciences, political science, education), Economics and Management

Courses taught in English
Some courses are offered in English, especially in Language and Literature; Business and Economics; TEFL; and Political Science. Courses in English vary each semester; students should check the online course listings to see which will be offered before applying. For a sample of courses offered in previous semesters: Courses in English

Academic Notes
Hannover is one of the few German universities offering landscape architecture and horticulture. Graduate students in the engineering fields are encouraged to apply for research work and study projects in one of our research centers. The University of Hannover is a member of the "TU9 - German Institutes of Technology", a group which includes nine technical universities of excellent standing.


Transcripts are generally released in July for Semester 1, in February for Semester 2 and in July 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.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: To study courses in German the B1 /B2 level is required. Students wishing to enroll solely in English-taught courses are not required to provide German proficiency (provided courses are available)..

Language Notes: A German language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year through the university language center. Contact hours per week: 4. (offered once or twice per week)

Pre-session: A pre-session German language course is offered for an additional fee at all levels.

Special Academic Conditions
Some courses, especially graduate-level, may be closed to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
It is preferred that SEP students have at least junior year standing. Students should only select courses from within their target field of study at their home university during their semester abroad in Hannover. Applicants with multiple fields of study on a course request list will not be accepted.

Upon placement at the host university, students will be asked to submit an online application form and sign a learning agreement in order to be considered for confirmation. Students are asked to submit completed course request lists, listing which courses are essential and how flexible a student is in course selection. While courses cannot be guaranteed upon enrollment, students can work with host to find an academically suitable course schedule upon confirmation. This process may take up to 6 weeks.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study. Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection. Addiitonal tips can be found here: http://www.international.uni-hannover.de/kurswahl.html?&L=1

Housing and Meals
Option 1: ISEP Exchange Semester and Full Year: ISEP students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in one of our student residences or alternatively in a single-occupancy room in an apartment shared with other students. A stipend will be provided to cover the cost of housing fees. A stipend will also be provided for meals, which can be used in cafeterias, restaurants, or shops. Married students can be accommodated with sufficient advanced notice.


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: 200-300 €. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Semester and Full Year: Students 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.

A one week (in general first week of October/April) orientation provides an introduction to the city of Hannover and the surrounding region, an introduction to the University of Hannover, general information, and assistance in administrative matters. Application forms will be sent to students once admitted. Some faculties of study offer an additional, faculty-specific orientation as well.
Click here for a sample orientation guide.

Student Activities
Leibniz Universität Hannover has numerous student groups from A to Z.The international group "ISAH" gives assistance and advice to international students:http://hannover.esn-germany.de/.

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Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Summer Internships available on ISEP-Exchange in Science and Engineering fields.

The University of Hannover is mainly based in the Welfen Castle, located right in the middle of the famous royal gardens of Herrenhausen. While only 64 pupils first attended the original Vocational School, founded in 1831, the university now has around 25,000 students, 4,000 of which are international students. Over 2,000 academics and scientists work at the university in 9 faculties with over 160 departments and institutes.

This diversity of academic and scientific disciplines combined with high-quality research and excellent study conditions make Hannover University an attractive study destination. Facilities include libraries (the "TIB" technical library is among the largest and best in German), research centres such as the laser lab, the center for water-waves experiments, the production engineering centre, a computer centre, a sports centre, and a language centre.
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