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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
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 Summer in Germany: Philipps Universität - Marburg

Program Features

GermanyWhy study in Marburg?

• Charming German university town, unharmed by the wars
• It's affordable
• Take classes in English or German, your choice
• Walking through the Oberstadt will make you think you are in a fairy tale
• The three C's of a quintessential German town: Castle, Churches, Cobblestones
• 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?

On this four week program, students will take a German language class each morning.  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.  In the afternoons, students take 2 courses from areas such as Accounting, Business, German, International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, or Political Science.  Some of these classes are taught in German, but most are offered in English.  Students can see what courses are being offered on the online course list. Students typically earn 9 ECTS which will transfer to ISU at a minimum of 5 credit hours.  This program is a special section of the university called International Summer University (ISU).  There are typically 50-60 students from around the world in this program each summer. 

Want to stay for longer than 4 weeks?  This location also has a semester program.  Check it out here!


Cost and Scholarships

GermanyHow much does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $3100. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, housing in a single room, fees, insurance, weekend trips, breakfast on weekdays, 50 Euro monthly meal subsidy to be used at the cafeteria, regional & local public transportation. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, extra classes, housing deposit, some food/meals, passport, books, and all other additional expenses.

For more details, click on "budget sheet" at the top of this page. Scholarships for study abroad are available here.



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 excursions to various locations. Additional information is available online

Excursions typically go to Frankfurt, Kassel, and Strasbourg, France.

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