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  • Locations: Marburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** 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:
Fact Sheet:
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, Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, European Studies, German and Scandinavian Studies, International Relations, Political Science Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Host Country & 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: Residence Hall
Program Description:

International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP)

The IUSP is a semester- or year-long study abroad program for international undergraduate students. It is designed to suit the needs of non-German speaking students who would like to experience life at a German university while still earning academic credit.
  • Internationally compatible academic calendar (August-December and February-June)
  • Five-week intensive German language course on various levels
  • Broad selection of courses in English
  • Cultural program, including local excursions and trips around Germany

 LocationMarburg Market Place

Philipps-Universität Marburg has been welcoming international students and scholars for over 500 years. The university is part of the beautiful medieval town of Marburg, along the German fairytale route in the state of Hessen. Here, the tradition and history of your surroundings will enchant and inspire you, and the friendly small-city spirit will make you feel at home as soon as you’ve arrived. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of great minds like Emil von Behring, the world’s first Nobel Prize winner; world-renowned chemist Robert Bunsen; and the Grimm brothers, whose stories have traveled from Hessen to the furthest corners of the globe. As the saying goes: other cities have a university – Marburg is a university.


Course in German Culture and History and German language classes

Since it is impossible to immerse one's self in another culture without knowing the language, intensive German language courses are an integral part of the IUSP program. The intensive language courses, together with a course on German culture and history, will be held during the first six weeks of the program. Shortly after your arrival in September (fall semester) or March (spring semester), you will receive language instruction for four to five hours a day, Monday through Friday. A language placement test upon arrival in Marburg will help determine each student's German proficiency level/course level.
Throughout the week, the intensive language training will be supplemented by a course relating to economy, politics, geography, history and institutions of contemporary Germany. Here, the language of instruction will be English. A German conversation class is also offered in order to provide you with additional opportunities to practice what you have learned.

Regular Subject Classes

The IUSP courses are part of the regular Marburg University curriculum as found in the University course catalogue. They were chosen for the IUSP because they are especially suitable for helping students gain perspective on Germany and Europe. The IUSP courses are not focused on aspects related solely to Germany, but have an international focus. The IUSP courses maintain the highest academic standard.
A tutorial (obligatory!) will be offered with each course. It is being held in English to help students with the material that was covered in class. Course and tutorial are one inseparable unit. For more info see:

See also the Hessen Study Options

Living Arrangements

You will have a single room in one of the university dormitories. Since Marburg has a historical center with mostly small, traditional houses, there is little space to accommodate the large number of students in the center of town.  That is why our dorms are situated outside the city center and can easily be reached by local bus lines or also by foot. 

Both female and male students live in the same dormitory. See also


Please note that UMass is a Marburg partner university and you need to apply through the Hessen-Massachusetts application