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Hessen, Germany Academics

To apply, you must be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You must be in good academic standing, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure.  To study German as a Foreign Language courses, you need to have at least sophomore standing at the time of departure. If you plan to take regular university classes taught in German, you must have completed a minimum of five semesters of university-level German and have at least junior standing by the time of departure. Other pre-requisites may apply for specific subject areas.  Please note that you must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this program.

Study in English:

Hessen universities offers a number of bachelor programs where the degree programs are taught partially in English. To learn more, please click here

Specific Hessen universities offering undergraduate course work in English include:

International Undergraduate Study Program--Phillips Universität Marburg
The IUSP offers six weeks of intensive German classes offered at three levels followed by a broad selection of university academic courses . Classes are offered in German and English, but all of the German courses include a tutorial in English that is designed to enable all IUSP students to attend, regardless of their German proficiency level. For more information go to

Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Theology, Peace & Conflict Studies, & Linguistics

Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, University of Applied Sciences 
FHS Frankfurt Course Equivalencies for StudioAbroad
International Business 

Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
International Business, Nursing Science & Social Work

Technische Hochschule MittelHessen
International Business

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics & Business Administration, Linguistics, Language, Philosophy, History, Psychology, Social Science, & Art

Universität Kassel
Information Science, English/American Culture Studies, German, History, Philosophy, Psychology & Social Work

Mathematics/Computer Science

Study in German:
If you are a student of German, ready to take courses in German, great!--you can consider any of the campuses. Course offerings vary by campus.  Some campuses offer German as a Foreign Language program for non-native speakers.  At others, you will have a total immersion experience, taking all of your classes in German, in the regular German university setting. 

Because German universities publish class schedules only weeks before the semester begins, you will need to be flexible with your course schedule.  You can find the current year's course offerings by searching the respective university's website for the "Vorlesungsverzeichnis".

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

All German majors and minors who wish to be certified to teach German must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country in which the language is spoken.  As long as your coursework is in German, this program meets the language immersion requirement.

* The University of Marburg IUSP and the HS-Fulda social work programs run on a calendar compatible with U.S. universities.

In general, the German academic calendar runs from October through July. First semester (Wintersemester) runs October through February; second semester (Sommersemester) is March through July. Full year or spring semester exchange are possible at most Hessen universities. Exact dates vary by campus.

updated 11/18/15 clw


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