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  • Locations: Darmstadt, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Fulda, Germany; Giessen, Germany; Kassel, Germany; Marburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Regine John Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Accounting, Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Communication, Comparative Literature, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Sciences, Finance, German and Scandinavian Studies, History, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, Legal Studies, Management, Modern European Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Sport Management Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: All levels Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange, Language & Culture Studies, Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Summer Program Duration: 4 weeks
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: All International Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Home Stay, Residence Hall, Room w/Local Host
Program Description:

From June to August, Hessen International Summer Universities (Hessen:ISUs) take place at various universities and universities of applied sciences in the state of Hessen, Germany.
  • An interesting study program with exciting topics from a wide range of subject areas taught by highly qualified German and international experts
  • German language courses on different levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Various excursions and cultural events
  • Credits - upon successful completion of the program
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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About the University
Fulda University of Applied Sciences is a practice-oriented university with an international profile and a special focus on applied research. Founded in 1974, the university encompasses, at present, eight departments with 50 study programs, approx. 8,000 students and almost 1,100 international students from more than 100 countries, 170 professors and 125 academic and research staff. The university offers a broad spectrum of academic and professional education with a special focus on "health, nutrition and food". Tailor made programs for international students include: Preparatory semester, International Career service, housing program, buddy program, job program, German language courses, International Course in Social Work, International Summer and Winter University, Welcome Week etc.
Fulda University has a pleasant campus with wide green spaces, where history meets modernity: some of the attractive buildings date back to the 19th century, others of ­modern architecture have been completed only recently. 
About the City
A historic city founded in the year 744, Fulda has a population today of 65,000. Fulda‘s Baroque ­Quarter is one of the most beautiful in Germany and attracts visitors from all over the world.  The picturesque Old Town has many cafés, pubs and bars and a variety of shops and boutiques. The city's cultural life has something for everyone. The Fulda Castle Theatre regularly performs classical and modern dramas, museums offer in-depth look into the region's past and the Christmas Market draws visitors from near and far. The city is also home to several beautiful parks and gardens offering ample opportunity for relaxing walks and time spent outdoors
Fulda enjoys ideal transport connections. One of Europe‘s principal international airports, Frankfurt Rhine-Main, is just an hour away by car or train. Other major cities in Germany, like Berlin, Munich, Cologne or Hamburg, are within easy reach and not more than three hours away by train. Even to famous European capitals like Paris it takes no longer than five hours by train.


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About the University
Founded in 1607, Justus Liebig University Giessen is one of Germany’s top research universities both rich in tradition and highly innovative. With its forward-looking concept of “Translating Science” the university carries on the tradition established by its eponym Justus von Liebig, an approach to research and teaching also reflected in JLU’s university motto: “Study life – explore the world”. Excellent basic research combined with its socially relevant application, the exploitation of interdisciplinary synergies, support for outstanding next-generation scholars, first-class university teaching, and an explicit international orientation define Justus Liebig University in the fifth century of its existence.
About the City
With 78,500 inhabitants and 40,000 students Giessen has the highest student density of all German university towns. Giessen therefore offers a wide range of cultural activities for students and its location in the Lahn River valley amidst a picturesque landscape of rolling hills makes for high-quality leisure and recreational possibilities. Study in the green heart of Germany and at the same time only 40 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt am Main, Germany's financial center with one of Europe's busiest airports.


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About the University
The University of Kassel is a young, modern and vibrant university, characterized by its openness to new ideas in every single area of its work. Receptivity, initiative, transdisciplinary thinking and unconventionality are traits we cherish and welcome in studies, research and teaching, but also in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial ventures.

The University of Kassel has an unconventional profile with fields of expertise in nature, technology, culture and society. Questions relating to the future of our planet and our existence such as globalization, climate change, environmental protection as well as questions regarding the evolution of technical systems or demographic change are characteristic of our profile in both research and teaching.

About the City
Kassel awaits you in the heart of Germany, in an attractive location in the midst of a wooded landscape of low mountains. Home to the international art exhibition documenta, the domain of the Brothers Grimm and the main city on the German Fairy Tale Route, a spa, a university city, and not least a modern, lively metropolis which has a lot to offer to its inhabitants and guests. Since 2013, the world famous Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Europe’s largest hill park, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you would like to experience history, art and culture up close, are looking for relaxation in natural surroundings or want to do some extensive shopping, you will get to know a pleasant city full of possibilities which may surprise you with their diversity. The faculty of Organic Agriculture Science is located in Witzenhausen, a small town about 40 km east of Kassel.


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About the University
The Philipps-Universität Marburg was founded in 1527 as the first protestant university in the world. Situated in one of the most scenic medieval towns of Germany, with about 80,000 inhabitants, an old saying but one which still applies is: other towns have a university, Marburg is a university. The University of Marburg offers more than 100 subjects in almost all fields of the liberal arts and sciences including economics, business, law, medicine and dentistry. There is a strong commitment to international students.
About the City
Marburg is a university town with an 800 year history, with small crooked streets and lanes in the old town between the river Lahn and the castle on the hill. University flair set in an impressive surrounding countryside. When Landgrave Philipp (the magnanimous) founded the University in 1527 he also ensured that Marburg would be a town open to the world with students and visitors from all over the globe. The first Nobel prize winner for medicine Emil von Behring after whom the pharmaceutical company was named gave Marburg the impulse to become a center for life sciences and pharmaceutical technology.


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About the University
Founded in 1971, Hochschule Darmstadt is a young and innovative university, where students can choose between numerous Bachelor and Master programs, all with a strong practical orientation and some entirely taught in English. The main academic areas include engineering and computer science, architecture, design and media, as well as social sciences and business studies. While research is focused on the applied sciences and PhD possibilities are offered in cooperation with international partner universities, the main goal is to prepare students for the world of work after graduation with a Bachelor or Master Degree. Hochschule Darmstadt maintains partnership agreements with more than 100 international universities and is continuously expanding its’ collaboration networks.
About the City
Darmstadt was chartered in 1330 and became the residence of the Hessen-Darmstadt line (a grand duchy from 1806). Notable landmarks include the statue of Ludwig X, the ducal castle (1568–95), the Kranichstein hunting lodge, now a museum and game park; and the Russian Church (1898–99), commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II in honor of Tsarina Alexandra, a native of Darmstadt.

At the Mathildenhöhe, east of the city, is the artists’ colony, established 1899. The Darmstädter Gespräche, a seminar devoted to intellectual issues and combined with art exhibits, is an annual event. Darmstadt is a highly diversified industrial centre. Its principal manufactures are chemicals, machinery, radios, and kitchen ranges. The city is surrounded by the densely wooded recreational areas of Odenwald and Bergstrasse, Taunus and Spessart and is located 20 miles south of Frankfurt and 40 miles north of Heidelberg.



About the City
Frankfurt is the hub of Europe and headquarter of the European Central Bank. International trade fairs have been held in Frankfurt since 1240, including the popular annual book, automobile, and computer fairs. It is still the chief traffic hub for western Germany and has also been an important inland shipping port. The Frankfurt Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, is the largest airport in Germany. In addition, Frankfurt possesses a large number of remarkable museums, a considerable number of which can be found on the beautiful banks of the river Main.