The University of Marburg
was founded in 1527. With about 22,000 students and 8,000 staff members, it is one of Germany's medium-sized universities.Within walking distance from the university, you will find the university cafeteria and and picturesque old city with its castle, cafés, boutiques, as well as movie theatres, museums and theatres. Students will find your way around quickly.
Its broad range of academic offerings in the arts and humanities, and its experimentally challenging scientific work, constitute an ideal platform for interdisciplinary cooperation. The university relies on innovative teaching methods (with short course durations) and networked research, and offers students from all over the world a varied selection of classes.
While students at Marburg experience first rate research and teaching, they also enjoy a peaceful environment. Anonymity and overcrowded lecture halls are uncommon at Philipps-Universität. Lecturers and students cherish Marburg mainly because of its attractive historic town center, its delightful landscape and its wide range of cultural activities. ?There are normally three cultural excursions held each semester, which are included in the program fee
There is an extensive orientation for international students, as well as study support programs, reflecting the university's experience with and dedication to integrating international students. Most Marquette students study in the International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP), which follows the U.S. academic calendar. The IUSP courses are taken directly from the regular University of Marburg course catalog and are lectured in English or German. IUSP courses focus on German history, culture, economy, politics, institutions of contemporary Germany, and language. This means students will be studying and living with German students and also with international students from other countries. No German language experience is required for the IUSP program.
Intensive German language courses are an integral part of the IUSP program. These German language courses encompass 120 contact hours and accommodate all levels of language proficiency, including beginner's level. The intensive language courses, together with a course on German culture and history, will be held during the first six weeks of the program. Shortly after arrival in Germany, students 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. A German conversation class is also offered in order to provide students with additional opportunities to practice what they have learned.
. Course descriptions for each semester are not published until about a month before the semester begins; students should view classes offered from the previous semester to get an idea of what they would like to take. Some classes are offered from semester to semester, while others are not. Many academic subjects are available at Philipps, with the widest selection among the humanities and social science disciplines. Students have also taken philosophy and theology courses at Marburg. Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Students with appropriate German language skills have the option to enroll directly in the university and take all of their courses in German with German classmates. Both the IUSP and direct-enroll options allow for German majors or minors to increase their language competency and be immersed in the local culture. The direct-enroll option would be a good fit for the very independent student who is able to navigate the Marburg website in German and plan their semester academic schedule individually. The direct enroll student guide can be viewed here, Marquette University_Fact Sheet for the Student Exchange Program.docx
-Marquette students generally live in one of the university housing buildings located around Marburg. Housing is situated outside the city center and students can easily get to campus and the town center either on foot or by local bus lines.
In the housing buildings, there are laundry washing facility, common bathrooms, showers, and common kitchens areas. Bed sheets will be provided, but you will need to bring your own towels with you. You will receive your room assignment on arrival day.
There are several cafeterias in university buildings where students can purchase beverages and snacks. In town there are several snack bars, bakeries and fast food facilities. Also, 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 about 2.50 to 6 EUR for a full meal.
Please see the budget link above for budget details.
Located in the heart of Germany, 'Marburg an der Lahn' is a small, lively, and safe medieval town with a long university tradition. In the wooded Lahn River valley in the state of Hesse, Marburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany; its many architectural gems include Germany's oldest Gothic church, the Elisabethkirche. An ambitious project to restore the city's half-timbered houses has added tremendously to Marburg's immense charm. On a hill high above, the city is dominated by the Landgrafenschloss, an imposing 13th-centruy stone castle. Formerly the home of Hesse's rulers, today it's a museum and a student residence. With a population of 80,000, Marburg offers the friendliness and convenience of a small city, but as a university town, Marburg also offers plenty of culture and nightlife.