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ISEP Direct - Philipps-Universität Marburg
Marburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Type: Study Abroad-RC
Language of Instruction: German Housing: residence halls
Current Class Standing: Junior, Sophomore Area of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration-Finance, Business Administration-General, Business Administration-International Business, Business Administration-Management, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, History, Humanities, Math, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
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Philipps-Universität Marburg


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Situated on the river Lahn and surrounded by forests, Marburg welcomes you! This beautiful and rare medieval city is just as famous for its surroundings as its famous alumni, including the Brothers Grimm! Enjoy the safety and security of this beautiful small town while studying in either English or German. ISEP participants can choose from 3 options:

ISEP-Exchange Academic Immersion: Excellent fields include languages, education, history, law, economics, natural sciences, and theology (German, English).

ISEP-Direct International Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP): No previous German language is required for this intensive German language program available for all levels. Choose additional electives from a selection of regular university courses taught in English. ISEP-Direct program includes excursions to important historical sites as well as special evening lectures on cultural topics.

ISEP-Direct Summer Program:German language plus subject courses on main topic (currently: Peace and Conflict, the Near and Middle East). No previous German language is required for this intensive German language program available for all levels.

Fast Facts

Marburg, Germany (pop. 86,000)
Student Enrollment: 20,000
Language of instruction: German, English
ISEP-Direct Intensive German Language & Courses Taught in English - IUSP (fall or spring semester)
Course Overview
Germany Country Handbook
Scholarships are available during the 2010-11 Academic Year!

More information about the ISEP Annette Kade Scholarship for Study in Germany (for students applying to full-year & semester one programs).

More information about The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship


The city of Marburg, on the river Lahn in western Germany, is surrounded by forests and is situated about 45 miles north of Frankfurt-am-Main. It is one of the few early medieval cities of almost unchanged character.

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Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct: International Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP) - fall or spring semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.


Program Dates

Exchange: Academic year: early October to late July;
Semester 1: early October to February;
Semester 2: early April to late July.

ISEP-Direct: Semester 1 (early September to mid-December),
September 2 (early March to mid-June)


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: University-level Courses
American Studies, Anthropology, Art (Studio Art & Art History), Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, Gender & Feminist Studies, History of Ideas, History, International & Intercultural Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Organizational Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science & Management, Sociology.

Option 2: ISEP-Direct: Semester or Full Year
Marburg offers an International Undergraduate Studies Program (IUSP) which allows a student to spend a semester studying intensive German language alongside a selection of regular university courses taught mainly in English. Students may choose from courses taught in a variety of fields with an international spectrum of concentration. No previous German language is required since the language courses are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The IUSP program is offered during both the fall (early September to mid-December) and spring (early March to mid-June) semesters. Students can apply for both fall and spring semesters. However, they will have to pay for housing during the semester break. Included in the ISEP-Direct fee is a cultural program with excursions and weekend trips to important historical and cultural sites. For additional information, please visit the IUSP website.

Please note that all ISEP students enrolled in this program need to purchase full ISEP health insurance coverage.

Option 3: ISEP-Direct Summer Program
Marburg also offers a fee-paid summer program (mid/late July to mid/late August). The program combines German language study (beginners, advanced 1 and 2) with courses (available in English or German) in politics, economics, literature and cultural studies for a total of 9 ECTS credits (5-6 US credits).

Courses taught in English

Some courses on ISEP-Exchange can be taken in English. Courses in the ISEP-Direct IUSP program (see Direct information for courses) are taught mainly in English.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls run by the Studentenwerk, the official student organization. For the Exchange option a monthly stipend covers meals and housing.


Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English.

For detailed description and schedule of orientation please refer to: More info will also be sent to students with the letters of acceptance. For the IUSP program, there will be a 2-day Orientation Program which will provide assistance in the accomplishment of all formalities connected with the opening of a bank account, taking out a health insurance policy, or the recognition of an existing foreign health insurance, assistance with the authorities, finding one's way around Marburg etc.

Student Activities

But there is more to life than just work. For this reason, the Philipps-Universität also promotes other talents. The language center offers qualified courses as well as a self-study center. The university leisure sports program offers more than 30 different disciplines including numerous water sports at the university boathouses on the Lahn River and Eder Lake, as well as martial arts and disease prevention classes with Yoga and Shiatsu. In addition, the guesthouse Hirschegg, which is owned by the Marburg University Association, can be used for skiing and hiking trips in the Austrian Alps.

As in sports, so in music: students and staff sing together in the uniCHOIR or play music together in the Student Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Young Marburg Philharmonic or the student Big Band. The music house in the botanical garden can be used for practice. And the more eloquent speakers of the university meet in the Marburg debating club.

Those who prefer to enjoy culture passively can visit the university museums and exhibitions: the art museum, the antiques and casts collections, the mineralogical, religious and ethnological exhibitions as well as the "Anatomicum" museum. The main tourist attraction, however, is the castle. It is Germany's largest secular Gothic building still in existence, and it contains the University Museum of Cultural History. The old and new botanical gardens do not only attract visitors in the summer months. Tropical greenhouses and botanical exhibitions can be visited all year round.


The University of Marburg is not only a German university steeped in tradition, it is also the world's oldest university, founded in 1527 as a Protestant university. The Uni Marburg – as locals often refer to the Philipps-Universität - has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries.

Marburg has approximately 86,000 residents. With 20,000 students and 6,000 people working for the university, the saying goes that, while other cities may have a university, Marburg is a 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. There are some 2,000 scientists and scholars teaching and performing research at the university in Marburg, and more than 400 of them are professors and university lecturers.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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