• With its charming, medieval atmosphere, Marburg is enchanting! Just an hour north of Frankfurt, you can stroll along the idyllic river, stop by a café, and enjoy the views from the hilltop castle. 

• Deepen your understanding of German language and culture while also learning more about business, sciences, global studies, and humanities from a German perspective. 

• On a regular basis, the International Office offers trips and excursions to introduce you to German history, culture, and people. These getaways are offered during the semester and are either completely free or very affordable. 


While you are in Marburg, experience all the city has to offer by renting a rowboat on the Lahn River or attending a Christmas market full of seasonal goodies and souvenirs. Check out the fairy tale pathway, which weaves through Marburg and commemorates the Brothers Grimm, who were heavily inspired and influenced by Marburg’s romantic streets in their many stories. 


Live in a single room in one of the university dormitories with easy access to campus by foot or by bus. You can expect to share a bathroom and kitchen access with local German students and other international students from campus. Students with families are welcome and easily accommodated on this program. 


You will have plenty of access to grocery stores, cooking facilities (communal kitchens), and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices. In addition, all students are given a meals and incidentals card credited with up to 200 EUR per semester to use on campus. We recommend budgeting 300-400 Euros for food each month. 


As part of the program, the required German Culture course includes weekend excursions to places like Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar! Plus, it’s easy to get involved and make local friends through the numerous extracurricular organizations and activities, including the sports program, the student symphony orchestra, the debate club, and Dramarasmus (a European theater troupe open to all that are interested in the dramatic arts). 


Marburg is a university town with gothic-style academic buildings, rich cultural experiences, and museums scattered throughout the city. Spend an afternoon exploring Marburg Castle, climb the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower, or try a Hessen-style beer with lemonade and fruit. With your student card, transportation by bus is free which makes exploring easy and affordable. 


Access the “Sprachenzentrum” (Language Center) for extracurricular language learning programs including the self-study center and the Language Tandem project. If you are interested in taking part in competitive sports or just keeping fit, try the University Sports Centre, which offers several gymnasiums, a clubhouse at “Edersee” (a lake), a boathouse on the river Lahn, and several tennis courts. Marburg also offers a range of support services for students with disabilities. Support may include barrier-free student accommodation, transport services, academic assistance, mobility training, Braille translations for visually impaired students, and more. 


This program qualifies for the ISEP French and German Language Annette Kade Fund Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 - $1,500 USD to students who are from a U.S. institution and studying French or German language in Austria, France, Germany, Reunion Island, or Switzerland. Learn more here.

What We Love About Marburg 

There are plenty of things to love about studying at Marburg, including the university leisure sports program which offers numerous water sports, as well as martial arts and wellness classes with yoga and shiatsu (and much more). Plus, there is a guesthouse owned by the Marburg University Association which can be used by students for skiing and hiking trips in the Austrian Alps! 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses 

Program Website

Course Description

The Study in Germany program at Philipps-Marburg is composed of two components:  Required German Language and Culture Classes and Direct Enroll Classes in English or in German.  Students can choose 2-3 classes in English from a range of options in business, sciences, global studies, and humanities.  Students fluent in German can choose from the catalog of hundreds of class options. Below is a table of some of the more popular classes students have chosen in the past.  Also included as part of the culture class are weekend excursions to places like Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 24-32 ECTS credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-16 U.S. Credit hours. Classes are broken into 6- and 8-week modules.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Required Courses: 

• Intensive German Language Class 

• German Culture Class 

• Two courses from the International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP) 

The IUSP courses are announced in the months prior to the start of the program. They change yearly, but offer options taught in English in Sociology, Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Media Studies, English literature, American Studies, and Business. Students are required to take two IUSP courses, but may choose to enroll in a third IUSP course for an additional fee. 

Past IUSP courses available include: 

• U.S. American Young Adult FIction 

• Iconic Imagery and the Myths that Made America 

• Corporate Governance & Financial Accounting 

• Introduction to Institutional Economics 

• Sex & Money in Early Modern Plays 

• German Literature 

• Germany History 

• Linguistics 

• Social Media and Affect 

• Gender and Social Inequality 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Canadian Studies European Studies German Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) United States Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Organizational Behavior Studies

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Comparative Literature German Language and Literature Linguistics

  • History: Recommended!

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology European History

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology Dispute Resolution

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Political Science and Government Sociology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR not required for the following countries: United States

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit a supplemental application which is required of the host insitution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Visual
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

The program is broken into two blocks:  German Language and Culture, and Direct Enroll. 

The German Language and Culture block consists of an intensive German Language Class (120 hours) and a German Culture Class (56 hours).  This combined program meets for the first 6 weeks of the program.  Included as part of the culture class are 2 (required) weekend excursions to places like Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Weimar, plus an optional day trip. Students can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week in class during this 6-week block.  Some contact hours for the culture class are reflected in the 2 required weekend excursions.  Classes meet Monday-Friday. 

The Direct enroll block consists of 2-3 classes from their standard English or German course catalog that are 8 weeks long. Standard classes meets for approximately 6 hours per week and are broken into a 2-hour lecture + a 4-hour required discussion for a total of 48 contact hours per class.   Students can expect to spend approximately 12-18 hours per week in class during this 8-week block. 

In addition to direct enroll, students can opt into a German Conversation class during the 8-week block that meets approximately 2 hours per week for a total of 16 hours and is worth 2 ECTS. 

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