**This program is for UWGB students only**
Hessen Exchange Program: Wisconsin and Hessen, Germany
Study for a semester or year or take a summer or January short course at one of twelve Higher Education institutions in the State of Hessen, Germany. The Hessen exchange program offers many academic options and a variety of destinations in the central region of Hessen, Germany. Course selection, academic calendars, orientations and other practical information can be quite different at each institution in Hessen. Each Hessen institution has its own website, please visit www.wisconsin.hessen.de for program specific options.
The state of Hessen is centrally located within the state of Germany. The area offers cities of all sizes, a beautifully lush landscape, numerous castles and fantastic universities. Those who study in Hessen will have much to learn and explore.
Interested in this program? Check out these two websites to see videos from different cities in the Hessen Exchange!
Choose from a wide spectrum of courses depending on language competence and academic preparation, including international and English-language programs.
Semester Programs with English Language Options
The Hessen Exchange Program does offer English taught courses. The universities below have created a modified curriculum to allow students to both continue their studies in a specific academic department and learn German too! German language instruction or tutorials are offered at each program from beginner to advanced.
The German academic calendar is generally starts later than UWGB, so students are advised to go to Germany in the spring semester so dates do not conflict with the UWGB calendar. You will receive date confirmation in your acceptance letter from your German university. Generally program dates are:
Fall (German "Winter Semester"): early-October to mid-February
Spring (German "Summer Semester"): early-April to mid-July
International Undergraduate Study Program--Phillips Universität Marburg (IUSP)
The historic university town of Marburg dates back to the Middle Ages. Its central location, position along the Lahn River, and rich history provides something for everyone. The IUSP offers six weeks of intensive German classes offered at three levels followed by a broad selection of university academic courses. Classes are offered in German and English, but all of the German courses include a tutorial in English that is designed to enable all IUSP students to attend, regardless of their German proficiency level. As a part of the Program's Culture Course, students are able to participate in excursions to other German cities.
For more information on this program, go to http://www.uni-marburg.de/iusp.
Check out a student's experience in Marburg and his advice for study here: Marburg Guide
Take a look at past courses offered through this program: Marburg courses
Subjects can include: American Studies, Economics, German Studies, History, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Theology, Peace & Conflict Studies, & Linguistics
**This program follows the UWGB academic calendar, so students can participate in the fall or spring semester**
Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt is one of the largest cities in Germany and home to various financial institutions including the European Central Bank. The city offers a unique combination of old and contemporary architecture. A larger institution, the Fachhochschule offers several courses in English
allowing for versatility in course selection. Learn more about the academic courses, calendar, accommodation, and Frankfurt itself on the international student website
or on their exchange student
Subjects can include: Computer/Information Science, Engineering, Business, & Finance
Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
Founded in 744, Fulda is a historic city in central Germany. The university itself was founded in 1974 and has about 6,000 students. Fulda offers a variety of courses in English. More information about the Hochschule Fulda can be found at: https://www.hs-fulda.de/en/international/international-office/exchange-students/. In addition, you can learn more from this PDF.
Subjects can include: Computer Science, DJS, Electrical Engineering, International Business, Nutrition, Social Science, & Political Science
Technische Hochschule MittelHessen
THM is Hessen's largest university of applied sciences and was founded in 1971. With its largest campus in Giessen, the university has about 13,000 students and is close to many historic sights and cultural locations in the area. Learn more from their website for international students. Find a list of English courses here.
Subjects can include: Economics, Management & International Business
Frankfurt is the international financial center and logisitics hub of Europe. Its also home to over 50 museums and galleries in the city. The city also has a great public transportation system making traveling through Frankfurt and the rest of Hessen convenient. Goethe University is an urban campus with 3 city locations and about 41,000 students. Find out more on their website: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/44386987/exchprog or on the Guide for Visiting Students.
Subjects can include: Business, American Studies, Greek Studies, Linguistics, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
Kassel is home to not only beautiful scenery, but is the home of the Grimm fairy tales. The university itself plays an important role in environmental sciences and technology in Germany. With 21,500 students, this mid-sized university offers both semester and short-term programs on the Hessen Exchange.
You can find a more in-depth look at Kassel and the university on this website.
Subjects can include: Information Science, English/American Culture Studies, German, History, Philosophy, & Psychology
Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen
Justus-Liebig Universitat is based in the university town of Giessen and is highly focused on life science, cultural studies, and mathematics. The university is only 40 minutes from Frankfurt and 15% of the student population are international students. The town of Giessen is also situated along the Lahn River which is ideal for those interested in water sports. You can also check out their botanical gardens and learn more about the Chemist the University is named after, Justus von Liebig.
Learn more about this exchange on their website: http://www.uni-giessen.de/cms/international-pages/study
. Also, find course programs in English
Subjects can include: Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Information Science, Economics, Environmental Management, Geography, Language & Cultural Studies, Law, Mathematics, Nutritional Science, Physics, Social Science, Psychology, Sport Science
Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences
Darmstadt is known as the "Science City" due to the number of scientific inventions founded there, such as the radio clock, Plexiglas, or liquid crystals for mobile phones. It even has an element named after it (Darmstadium)! The city is located close to the famous Frankenstein Castle. Want to learn more about the city? Check out this website.
Also, learn more about the university and exchange student options on the Exchange Student
Subjects can include: Electrical Engineering
Most students stay in furnished university residence halls, a few home stay options are available depending on location. Some locations also offer local flats with other students. All universities have dining options on or around campus.
Most universities also offer some sort of Buddy program, where international students are paired with a German student once they arrive in Germany.
In addition, many locations offer scheduled activities and optional excursions/trips for international students.
Students can earn general education, major or minor credits for participating in the Hessen exchange. A typical semester consists of 4-5 courses (12-15 credits). Please see the OIE and your academic advisor for details.