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  • Locations: Marburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/12/2019 06/07/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Dormitory
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Host Country Language: German Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Type: Direct
Program Description:


A Semester in Germany: Philipps Universität - Marburg

Program Features

GermanyWhy study in Marburg?

1. Charming German university town, unharmed by the wars

2. It's affordable

3. Take classes in English or German, your choice

4. Walking through the Oberstadt will make you think you are in a fairy tale

5. The three C's of a quintessential German town: Castle, Churches, Cobblestones

6. It's in the center of Europe, making travel to neighboring countries a breeze



Where is Marburg?

Marburg is located more or less in the middle of Germany in the state of Hesse.  Frankfurt, the nearest city and international airport, is just 60 miles south of Marburg. Explore the surroundings on the below Google Map.



GermanyWhat courses are available?

The semester starts with a 6-week German language course.  Sprechen Sie kein deutsch?  (Don't speak German?)  No problem, you can take Beginning German.  If you don't want to learn any German, then we recommend you check out our other program in Mannheim.  After the language course ends, students choose 2 or 3 courses from areas such as Anthropology, Business, English, German, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, or Sociology.  Some of these classes are taught in German, but most are offered in English.  The courses taught in German are accompanied with an English taught tutorial to make sure students grasp the course material.

Students can see what courses are being offered on the online course list. Students will earn at least 24 ECTS which will transfer to ISU at a minimum of 12 credit hours.  This program is a special section of the university called International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP).  There are typically 50-60 students in this program each semester, and roughly 90% of the students come from North America. 


Cost and Scholarships

GermanyHow much does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Fall 2018 is $8200.  The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, housing in a single room, fees, ISU's CISI insurance, three weekend trips, 50 Euro monthly meal subsidy to be used at the cafeteria, and regional & local public transportation.  The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, extra classes, housing deposit, most food/meals, student visa passport, books, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.  For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page. Check out scholarships for study abroad on our website



GermanyWhere will I live?

The cost of housing is included in the program fee. Students will be housed in a dormitory in a single room. The dormitories are located on the outskirts of town, and students should expect a short commute (20-30 minutes) to the university.  The cost of commuting is included in your program fee.  Many German dormitories are laid out as apartments.  After a student enters their apartment, they will typically be in the kitchen and communal space.  From there, doors lead into the bathrooms and single bedrooms.  The number of students living in an apartment can vary, but 3-5 is typical.

Please note, in Germany it is common to share an apartment and even a bathroom with a member of the opposite sex.  Some cleaning is provided and covered through your program fee. Students will receive additional information about what this entails when they arrive in Germany.  Additional housing information and sample pictures are available on the ISU website.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh, in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment or call 515-294-6792.The program fee includes three weekend excursions to various German cities of historical importance.  During these excursions, students stay in shared rooms at youth hostels, and breakfast is included.  Additional information is available online

Excursions typically go to the following destinations:
Fall semester: Berlin, Nürnberg, and Leipzig or Weimar
Spring semester: Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg or Köln

Host university links:
Philipps University Marburg
The IUSP Program
Program Calendar

Travel links:
Frankfurt Airport
Deutsche Bahn (train)