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Exchange program

Incoming: You study in a University in Queensland, Wisconsin or Massachusetts and would like to spend a semester abroad at a University in Hessen?

An adventure you won’t forget. The Hessen Universities are a unique opportunity to learn interactively with a group of local and international students.

  • Gain a competitive edge by broadening your knowledge in your academic field
  • Improve your intercultural communication skills
  • Network with top experts and make new friends from around the world

Am I eligible for the exchange program?

Students who

• are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at one of the participating universities in Queensland, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
• have completed one year of full-time study (or 24 credits) at the time of participation
• are in good academic standing

are eligible to study in Hessen.

Which Universities are participating?

Hessen has 14 state institutions of higher education comprising six universities, three art academies and five universities of applied sciences (Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften). They all participate in the Hessen-Queensland, Hessen-Massachusetts and Hessen-Wisconsin Exchange Program. All of the listed schools are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Given the wide variety of institutions, students from all majors will be able to find major-related course work.

Our programs

Your possibilities to study in Hessen

IWU: Ready for an unforgettable winter experience in Hessen? If you answered this question with yes, join the International Winter University! The programs take place every year between December and January and include an excellent academic teaching, various networking options as well as exciting field trips. All courses are conducted in English.

ISU: Enjoy the European summer during one of our short-term programs and discover exciting locations all over the state of Hessen. The programs take place between June and August and include high quality academic teaching, various networking options and exciting field trips.

A semester or academic year offers the opportunity to experience Europe, Germany and especially the State of Hessen along with high-quality academics and great quality of life. Increase your knowledge about Germany and your proficiency in German while studying either in a bustling city like Frankfurt, in a medievalsetting like Marburg, or in the Baroque town of Fulda - just to mention a few.You can choose from as many as 14 different campuses with an almostlimitless choice of academic programs. Hessen's central location makes it ideal for trips to other German regions or European countries.

The intership program European Industrial Experience Mittelhessen (EIEM) at THM (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences) and their partner companies offers great intership opportunities in Business Administration, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Civil Engineering/ Architecture.

Research internships during your summer break (mid November to mid February) under supervision of professors at Hessen universities are possible as well.

The International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP) at Philipps University Marburg is geared towards students from Australia and the US with no or only little knowledge of German. The semester times are almost equal to US semester times but are also suitable to the academic calendar of some Queensland Universities. The program starts with a six-week intensive German language course, followed by classes in various subject areas that are either taught in English or supplemented by an English tutorial.

Application procedure – How do I apply?

Application documents:

  • Application form
  • Motivation letter
  • List of proposed courses
  • CV
  • Academic Transcript
  • German language proficiency (if applicable)

Application Deadlines:

Semester or Academic Year and IUSP:

  • Winter Semester (Mid October until end of February): March 15
  • Summer Semester (Mid April until end of July): October 15

Short-term programs:

  • Hessen:ISU: March 15
  • Hessen:IWU: October 15

The deadlines may differ from the application deadlines at your home university. So, please check the deadlines at your respective home university in Queensland, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Application Process

Participants in one of our programs need to complete a two-step application process:

  1. Program application for the state of Hessen: Please fill out all required documents and hand in the application to your study abroad office at your home campus. After the selection process, you will be informed if you will be nominated for one of our programs. Students who are selected for nomination will have a place, however the host institution must make the decision on acceptance. If for any reason, a student's first choice institution cannot accept them, they will be placed at an alternate institution.
  2. Application at the host university: After your nomination, you will receive an email with all further information on how to apply to the Hessen University. Please make sure that you fill out all documents carefully and return them within the deadline indicated in this e-mail and on the websites of the Hessen universities or short-term programs. Once you have received your letter of admission, you can prepare everything for your stay in Hessen.

Classes in English

Faculties offering classes taught in English at Hessen Universities

  • Business Adminstration and Economics
  • Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Protestant Theology
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • Germa Studies and Arts
  • Foreign Languages and Cultures
  • Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Medicine
  • Education

Semester dates:

winter semester: Mid October until end of March

summer semester: Beginning of April until end of September

Semester dates

winter semester: Beginning of October until end of February

summer semester: Beginning of April until end of July

  • Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geomatics
  • Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health and Social Work

Semester dates

winter semester: Beginning of September until end of February

summer semester: Beginning of March until end of July

  • Darmstadt Business School
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Plastics Engineering
  • Faculty of Media

Semester dates

winter semester: September to February

summer semester: March to August

  • Department of Applied Computer Science
  • Department of Business
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Department of Food Technology
  • Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Department of Nutritional, Food and Consumer Science
  • Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
  • Department of Social Work
  • German and English Language Courses


Semester dates:

winter semester: Mid of October to the end of Februar

summer semester: Beginning of April to the end of July

Detailed information on the courses is available on request.

Semester dates:

winter semester: October 1 to March 31; Lectures from mid-October to mid-February

summer semester: April 1 to September 30; Lectures from mid-April to mid-July

Detailed information on the courses is available on request.

Semester dates: tbc

FAQ

The Hessen Universities are offering a wide range of English taught classes or degree programs. If you already speak German on an intermediate level, you can of course choose from the courses offered in German.

Please check the websites of the individual Hessen universities in advance to learn more about the courses.

The Hessian International Summer (ISU) and Winter Universities (IWU) are taught entirely in English, as well as the courses in the International Undergraduate Study Program in Marburg.

German language skills at level A2 are required for the internship program at the THM. In terms of the research internship at one of our universities, German language skills are usually not a requirement.

Intensive German classes for exchange students are offered at most Hessen Universities 4 weeks prior to the semester.

The German winter semester usually starts around Mid-October and finishes at the end of February. However, many universities offer welcome events before the lectures begin. Very often the arrival is already at the beginning of September.

The German summer semester usually starts in early/mid April and ends at the end of July. The universities also offer a great welcome program, so that the arrival will probably take place in early/mid-March.

Internship:

  • THM's Internship Program has the following dates: September to December. Language courses are held in September and the internship itself takes place from October to December.
  • The dates of the research internship are very flexible. It is best to contact us as soon as possible when you plan to do the internship at one of the Hessen Universities

To learn more about the exact dates of the ISU, IWU, Internship Programs please click on the links below.

Australian and US-citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to apply for a visa to enter Germany.

Nevertheless, Australian and US-citizens planning to study in Germany are required to apply for a residence permit, in person, after entering Germany. The application for a residence permit is one of the many topics during the orientation program after arrival at your host university. You will get assistance filling out the forms and applying for a residence permit for the duration of your study stay in Germany.

If you have another nationality please contact the respective German Embassy in your home country.

In Germany all students must show proof of health insurance upon enrolment at a University. We strongly recommend to buy an insurance contract upon arrival in Germany. The monthly charge is approximately €80. The International Offices of the Hessen Universities will assist you to arrange all formalities on time. If participating in a short-term program you have German health insurance included for free in the program.

Student accommodation is available in student residences run by the Association of Student Affairs 'Studierendenwerk' (200 - 450 €/month) or on the private market (350€+/month). An accommodation request form is included in the host institution application package sent to you by the Hessen University.

Short-term programs:

For the short-term ISU and IWU programs, the participation fees are waived for students from the participating universities in Queensland, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Basically, only the costs for flights, meals and personal expenses are borne by the participants. For some programs, some additional costs are incurred for excursions. A detailed overview of the costs can be found on the websites of the respective short-term programs.

 

Semester/Academic Year:

International students as well as German students do not need to pay tuition fees for their course of study. However, there is a fee for a welfare contribution including local public transport (Semesterticket).

The estimated costs depend on the Hessian university you want to study at. Here you can find approximate average costs per semester:

Tuition: waived (standard home institution tuition and fees)

Student Fees: 200 – 400€ (incl. public transportation)

Housing: 250 – 600€

Meal Costs: 15€/day

Transport from Airport: 10€

Books and Supplies: 30€

Residence Permit: 100€

Visa (if applicable): 60€

Laboratory or Facility Fees: in general no fees

Health Insurance: 80€/month

 

Internship (European Industrial Experience Mittelhessen/EIEM Program):

Please be aware of the following costs and income linked to the program:

  • Minimum salary of € 600 per placement month (Please note, voluntary placements which are not embedded in the curriculum of your degree are subject to German social insurance contribution)
  • German health insurance (obligatory): up to € 105 per month
  • Semester social fee: approx. € 230 (due prior to enrolment)
  • Language Course (highly recommended):
    • International Summer Course: € 570
    • International Spring Course: € 370
  • Cost of living including accommodation. To learn more about the costs of living in this program please refer to the link below.

 

Research Internship:

These costs depend on the location and the duration of the research stay. A first rough orientation can be given by the costs listed above (semester stay).

Most courses are classified by ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System). Please contact your International Office and your academic advisor to determine the credits you will receive for your exchange.

Contact us

Please contact your study abroad advisor. They are always happy to assist you.

Exchange office

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