• Marburg is a historic town with a charming medieval atmosphere. Nestled in the rolling hills, you will feel like you are stepping into the pages of a storybook when navigating this enchanting city. 

• Refine your German language skills while deepening your understanding of Germany’s people and contemporary culture through classes and excursions throughout Germany.      

• On a regular basis, the International Office offers trips and excursions with 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 the "Marburger Frühling," a local festival to welcome spring. 


On this program, you will receive 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 access to grocery stores, cooking facilities (communal kitchens), and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices. We recommend budgeting 300-400 Euros for food each month. 


Join three included excursions – one to Heidelberg (in January), Berlin (in April) and Dresden (in May).  These excursions complement the language and culture classes by adding broader context to what is being taught in the classroom.   


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. Take part in competitive sports or stay fit with the wide range of opportunities on offer at the University Sports Centre. Several gymnasiums, a clubhouse at “Edersee” (a lake), a boathouse on the river Lahn, and tennis courts all invite you to get active. 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 (plus much more!). In addition, 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 German Language and Culture program at Philipps-Marburg is designed for you to refine your German language skills while deepening your understanding of Germany’s people and contemporary culture. Both the language and the culture classes are complemented by several excursions to Heidelberg, Berlin and Dresden over the course of the semester. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing will earn a certificate indicating total hours completed in the program (316 hours). 

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 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM  - 12:50 PM) focused on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 

• Culture Class (40 contact hours) 

Website for Course Availability

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Philipps-Universität Marburg

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    German Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other German Language and Literature Linguistics

  • Language and Culture

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Reading Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Listening Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Speaking Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

After confirmation with ISEP, registration is available here:

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

A spring semester program only, the program is broken into three blocks:  Two German Language Intensive Blocks and a Culture Block.  There is a one-week break between each block.  Total contact hours (exclusive of the excursions) is 316 hours. The German Language Intensive blocks are 6 weeks each and consist of two sequential intensive German Language Classes (138 hours each).

A placement exam will be administered prior to arrival and students will be placed in the course that matches their abilities. Please note, an A2 German Language proficiency is required. 

Students participating in the German Language and Culture program have the opportunity of adding on a German Culture class taught entirely in English for an additional 40 hours of instruction. This Culture class can be added to the second block in the afternoon after the German language course in the morning and is free of charge. Please see additional course details in the program add-ons once you select the semester you wish to go abroad. 

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