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*Philipps-Universität Marburg: International Summer Universities

Marburg, Germany

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Philipps Universität, Marburg, founded in 1527, is a world-renowned research institution and one of the oldest universities in Germany. In Marburg, students will study with students from around the world in the International Summer University, while learning firsthand about German and European culture. Please see the International Summer University website for this year's summer school topic.



Students will take an intensive German language class at either the beginning, intermediate or advanced level. Short oral and written language tests will be give the first day of class to help place students in a class that will fit their skill level. Students will also complete two seminars, each one week in length, taught in English or German by faculty members from Germany or abroad. The focus of each seminar will be on the chosen ISU topic, which changes annually. In addition to traditional classes, a cultural program revolving around the summer program topic will take students on several thematic excursions.

Students will be enrolled in MU's German 3001 and German 3005 during the summer session, and will earn six MU credit hours.

Academic Credit

All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: U.S. letter grades will be issued and will appear on students' MU transcripts; these grades will be calculated into students' MU GPAs. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue ONE transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Located in the heart of Germany, Marburg is a small and lively medieval town with a long university tradition. With approximately 19,300 students and 7,500 staff members, Philipps Universität, Marbug, is one of Germany's medium-sized universities. The ISU location, university cafeteria, and the romantic and picturesque old city with its castle, cafes, boutiques, movie theaters and museums are all within walking distance. Students will learn their way around quickly. Recently named "the creative little city," students will have the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of artistic venues from classical music to open-air festivals.

Accommodation and meals

Students will stay in single rooms in the university dormitories. There are common bathrooms, showers, kitchen and laundry facilities in each dormitory building. A small meal subsidy is included in the program fee and can be used in the mensa and cafeterias, but the majority of the meals are the students' responsibility.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Program Start Program End
Summer 2016 02/15/2016


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
      • Program confirmation and conditions of participation
      • Financial Planning Worksheet
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.
      • Application Certification
      • Essay
      • International Center scholarship application

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