Study for a Semester or Year in Germany!
The Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen was founded in 1607 and is a full university with a wide variety of subjects. Enjoy life in a city with the highest concentration of students in Germany. The university is located in the midst of rolling hills and forests just north of the major economical hub of Frankfurt. Students can choose from a wide range of courses in German or English in strong fields such as humanities, business and economics, psychology, sports, natural sciences and law.
The university town of Giessen is located 60 kilometers north of Frankfurt, in the midst of pleasant countryside and surrounded by rolling hills and forests. Historic buildings and modern construction are the center of this conference and retail hub. Whether you like water skiing on the nearby lakes, paddling or rowing on the Lahn River, roaming the nature reserves and recreational areas in the Vogelsberg and Wetterau, visiting medieval castles and villages or prefer the cinema, theater and museums - Giessen and environs have it all.
- Fall Semester: Late September to Mid February (Optional presemester language program will begin in late August)
- Spring Semester: Early April to Mid July (Optional presemester language program will begin in late February)
Students on the JLU program will stay at university arranged housing.
Students participating on the ISEP Exchange program option will pay the ISEP Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian and will not pay housing or meal costs to the German university.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.
|ISEP Application Fee
|ISEP Placement Fee
||$1200 - $1800
||$100 - $300
|1Essential Living Expenses
||$700 - $1000
|German Health Insurance
||$360 - $420
|University Social Fee
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $400
|Presemester Language Program (Fall)
|Presemester Language Program (Spring)
||$50 - $100
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|Appalachian Student Health Insurance
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses
|2Personal Travel and Spending
||$1500 - $2000
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
JLU offers courses taught in German and English. For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP JLU webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page