Situated along the Fulda River, Kassel has a long and rich history. Kassel was first mentioned in 913 as the place where King Conrad I signed two land deeds. Kassel's opulent palaces and castles were built in the late 18th century, and Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm wrote many of their fairy tales in Kassel between 1798 and 1829.
Tragically, as the tides of World War II swept over Europe, 90 percent of the city was destroyed. 10,000 Kasselers lost their lives in an October 22, 1943 British bombing campaign that targeted the Henschel Locomotive Works (now the site of the University of Kassel) and Fieseler Aircraft factories. Learn about the sites to visit in Kassel and more about the city's history on this website.
Today Kassel is home to the Documenta Contemporary Art Exhibition which transforms the city once every five years.
Kassel's central location in Germany makes it an ideal location for excursions to Bavaria and the Black Forest to the south, the Rhineland in the west, the former Democratic Republic in the east, or the rest of continental Europe.
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You may spend a semester or entire academic year studying at the Universität Kassel. An optional intensive language course takes place before the beginning of each semester. Courses are taught in both English and German. You may enroll in typical major, minor, or general education courses, such as business, mathematics, art, or science. Find course information on Kassel's website.
Alternately, this link explains how to find English language-taught courses on the website.
You may also enroll in German specific courses such as German Culture, Grammar, Translation Studies, Business German, etc. A typical semester consists of 4-5 courses (12-15 credits).
You can find a more in-depth look at Kassel and the university on the Welcome website. Also, click here for more information on exchange students at Kassel or the general Before Arrival site.
The German academic calendar is generally starts later than UWGB, so students are advised to go to Kassel in the spring semester so dates do not conflict with the UWGB calendar. You will receive date confirmation in your acceptance letter from Kassel. Generally program dates are:
Fall (German "Winter Semester"): early-October to mid-February (late September with language course)
Spring (German "Summer Semester"): early-April to mid-July (mid-March with language course)
You have an option to live in a private room in a University Wohngruppe (residence hall) and share the kitchen and living facilities with other German and international students.
Alternatively, you may live in an efficiency apartment on your own or with roommates. Housing arrangements are made prior to departure with the assistance from the University of Kassel housing office. More information is provided on this website.