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  • Locations: Marburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/21/2018 10/05/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Language Prerequisite: No Prerequisites
Housing Options: Residence Hall Minimum GPA: 2
Academic Area: American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Business, Culture, Economics, English Studies, Foreign Languages, German Studies, History, Other Credit Requirement: Currently Enrolled/Completing 24 Credits
Open to Non-MU Students: YES Type of GO Program: Partner, Traditional
Program Description:
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Philipps-Universität was founded in 1527. The founder of the university was Philipp the Magnanimous, Landgrave (Count) of Hesse, and descendant of St. Elisabeth. Towering over the city is the castle, once residence of the Landgraves of Hesse and now used, in part, by the university. From the castle walls you can see the many university buildings scattered over the city. The view is a striking contrast of century-old sandstone buildings and modern steel and glass structures of the post-war years. Philipps University Marburg is considered one of the best in Germany and is on its way to becoming one of the most modern in Western Europe, however its surroundings have lost none of their original charm.

Marburg has approximately 86,000 residents, with 20,000 students and 6,000 people working for the university.  The majority of students in Marburg come from all over Germany. The Philipps-Universität also has more than 30 international partnerships and exchange agreements with other colleges and universities worldwide. The campus is spread out throughout the city of Marburg and some of the dormitories are just a 20 minute walk to town.  The city of Marburg is located approximately 1 hour (by train) from Frankfurt. 


Students may choose to study abroad either for one semester or for a full academic year. 
Note: Only the current application cycle(s) will be active. 

Fall semester: Early September - Mid-December
Spring semester: Mid- February - Early-June

The academic calendar for the IUSP program differs to the “regular” university in that the IUSP program begins approximately 6 weeks prior to the normal start of term.  During this time IUSP participants will take an intensive German Language course and a German History and Culture course.  At the end of the 6 weeks, these two courses will end and students will begin their two seminars (previously selected and registered for).
Fall semester usually begins the end of August and ends mid December (prior to the Holidays) and the spring semester begins mid-February to early-June. 

For specific dates for the IUSP program visit:
Students are housed in seven dormitory buildings called the Studentenwerk. You will receive your room assignment on arrival day. These assignments are made by the Marburg housing office. Only some dormitory rooms are equipped with internet access. You will not have telephone, or television in your room.  In some cases, those services can be ordered.

The dorm rooms are single rooms with
  • closet,
  • bed
  • some have sink and vanity 
  • Bicycle storage
  • spacious outdoor area with seating and lounging areas
The bathrooms are communal and are not segregated by gender so men and women will be using the same restroom facilities.

The kitchens in the dormitories are communal. They include a shared refrigerator and some cooking utensils.  Every student receives an individual locker for storage. Please be prepared to bring with you or purchase upon arrival a set of plates, silverware, cup, bowl, kitchen towel, sponge for your own use.  The dormitory kitchens are actually supposed to be equipped with these items; sometimes, however, fellow students take them to their rooms, and the utensils remain there longer than they should.

The university provides all students with linens (sheets, pillows, and a comforter), but does not provide students with towels. Each dormitory also includes laundry facilities typically located in the basement.

The rental price includes the following services :
  • Provision of linen including cleaning
  • Cleaning of all common areas, window cleaning
  • Electricity, water, heating, garbage collection
  • Cleaning material, toilet paper
  • Repairs, maintenance of outdoor facilities
  • Cleaning of the communal kitchen
  • Replacement of lamps, fuses
  • Mensa I (city center) 6 km
  • Mensa II (Lahn Mountains) 8 km
  • Central Station 5 km  
Bus connections: 
  • lines 1 and 4 several times per hour, bus stop nearby.

Student Quotes:

"Some kitchens may be better stocked with kitchen utensils/supplies than others. Many students buy utensils and then leave them behind when they leave. The university does not stock the kitchens themselves. The people who leave dishes, utensils and supplies also have the right to take them back whenever they want to, meaning that one day they may be there and the next day they’re not. Every student receives an individual cabinet with a lock for food."

"Just like at Millersville, people in Marburg often do all their laundry at the end of the week. The dorm I stayed in when I was there only had three washers and dryers. I would advise not to wait until the last minute to do laundry, as they are often in use. Please note: Some buildings have courtesy hours and frown upon doing laundry past a certain hour; you may need to plan accordingly and check ahead of time if this applies to your building."

There are several cafeterias in university buildings where you can purchase beverages and snacks. In town there are several snack bars, bakeries and fast food facilities, and full service restaurants.

Breakfast is available in the bistro in the nearby university cafeteria (Mensa). Lunch and dinner are served in the Mensa as well, where prices range from approx. EUR 1.50 to 4 for a full meal. The bistro and the Mensa are located in the student services center (Studentenhaus). There are no cafeterias in the dormitories.

Kitchen facilities are used often by the university students to prepare their own meals and usually become a “social event”.  This is where you will get to meet a lot of people, not only on your floor, but from other floors and buildings.
Included in the “Accommodation” fee is a small meal subsidy/food allowance:  upon arrival you will be given a cafeteria debit card, and the card will be credited with EUR 50 per month. It can be used in the university facilities (cafeterias, the Mensa) to pay for food.

Student Quotes:

"There is no Meal Plan like there is in Millersville. However, every student gets a “U-card” (German: “U-Karte”) that he/she can load with money to buy meals in the Mensa. You also use this card to pay for anything you print out at the library as well. These cards can be loaded at machines located in the Mensa. Certain machines allow you to add 5 or 10 Euros, while others may allow up to 20 Euros."


IUSP participants take a required intensive German language course and a required German History and Culture course. After 6 weeks, students change gears and take two seminars of their choice.

The language courses are an integral part of the IUSP program. No prior knowledge of the German language is required. These German language courses accommodate all levels of language proficiency, including beginner's level. 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.

The intensive language training will be supplemented by the German History and Culture course relating to economy, politics, geography, history and institutions of contemporary Germany. The language of instruction will be English.

In addition, there is a German conversation class which is also offered in order to provide you with additional opportunities to practice the German you have learned.

The IUSP seminars are part of the regular Marburg University curriculum.  They are chosen for the IUSP program because they are suited to helping students gain a broader perspective on Germany and Europe. The IUSP seminars are not focused on aspects related solely to Germany, but rather have an international focus. If a seminar is only taught in German, there will be a tutorial offered in English to help students with the material that was covered (in German) in class. Students will be able to be tested and obtain credit for the English version of all lectures.

The classes for the spring semester at IUSP are published in January; classes for the fall semester at Marburg are published in June. We recommend looking at classes from the previous academic year to get a feel for what classes will be offered in the corresponding semester of the current academic year. In most subject areas, similar courses are offered on a rotating basis one time each academic year.  They do not offer the same classes every year/semester.

For a list of past semester seminars please visit:Click Here to View Marburg's Website
Courses and Credits:
The following courses are taken by all IUSP participants and will transfer back to Millersville, based upon the successful completion of each course, with the following credits (a maximum of 17 credits total is possible):
MAX ECTS Credits
MAX MU Credits
German Language Course offered at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced)
This will transfer back to MU as two 3.5 credit German language courses. One class will transfer back to MU as a German course/elective at whichever level the other German Language course is taken (example: 3.5 credits of GERM 101 and 3.5 credits of GERM 1XX, G1 - maximum total of 7 credits).
3.5 credits each (7 total)
Introductory Course in Geography, History, Politics, Society, Economy and Europe in Germany
Most students transfer this course back to MU as HIST 224:  Modern Germany (G3, W).
3 credits
Conversation Course (In German)
This course will transfer back to MU as a German course/elective at whichever level the German Language course is taken (example: if you are in beginning German and your language course will transfer back as GERM 101 and GERM 1XX, then your Conversation Course will transfer back to MU as GERM 1XX - a 100 level German elective, 2XX for a 200 level elective, etc.).
1 credit
Two additional courses/seminars selected from IUSP course offerings
These offerings will vary by semester, however all seminars are worth a maximum of 3 MU credits each
3 credits each

Course 1: German Language Course (splits into two courses)
Course 2: Introductory Course in Geography, History, Politics, Society, Economy, and Europe in Germany
Course 3: German Conversation Course
Course 4: Elective Course
Course 5: Elective Course
Credit Conversion:

The above credits are the MAXIMUM possible credits to be earned. Credits at IUSP are contingent upon attendance. Both grades and credits are variable; the quality of the assessed work will determine grades, and attendance will determine credits.
Please see the following charts to reference the attendance vs. credits award scale:
German Language Course (120 Contact Hours)?
Number of Hours Course Attended
ECTS Earned
US Credits Earned
120-108 hours
107-94 hours
93-90 hours
89 hours or less
Conversation Course (based on 16 contact hours)?
Number of Hours Course Attended - must attend all classes
ECTS Earned
US Credits Earned
16 hours
Culture Class & Seminars (48 Contact Hours Each)?
Number of Hours Course Attended
ECTS Earned
US Credits Earned
48-41 hours
40-39 hours
38-37 hours
36 hours or less
Note: MU credit equivalencies are based upon ECTS credits earned - which are based upon attendance. The maximum ECTS credits per class should be used for the completion of Pre-departure Paperwork: Transfer of Credit Form.
Please refer to the following IUSP website for further information regarding grades, credits and transcripts: Marburg's Transcript and Grading Policies
Grades at IUSP are awarded based upon a numerical system. The following chart is the grade conversion scale that is used: 
Local Grade from IUSP
US Equivalent
4 and below