Study for a Semester or Year in Germany!
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 25,000 students and 6,000 people working for the university, the saying goes that, while other cities may have a university, Marburg is a university.
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 also incorporates a cultural program with excursions and weekend trips to important historical and cultural sites.
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, where you can take a plane or train to virtually anywhere in the world. It is one of the few early medieval cities of almost unchanged character.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Late February to Mid June
Students on the Marburg program will stay at university arranged housing.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|Marburg Tuition & Fees||See ISEP Page|
|Housing||See ISEP Page|
|1OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
Estimated Additional Costs
|ISEP Application Fee||$100|
|ISEP Placement Fee||$325|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1800|
|Meals||$1000 - $2000|
|1Essential Living Expenses||$800 - $1500|
|Books and Materials||$150 - $300|
|Local Transportation||$150 - $200|
|German Residence Permit (for US Citizens)||$100|
|Appalachian Student Health Insurance||$1110|
|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.
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 also incorporates a cultural program with excursions and weekend trips to important historical and cultural sites. For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP Marburg 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 ApplyApplications 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.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.