Marburg, Germany: Philipps University of Marburg

UT-Dallas has a regular student exchange program with one of Germany's oldest universities, the University of Marburg, in a beautiful middle-sized city about an hour's ride north of Frankfurt in the state of Hesse. A fine medieval castle overlooks the historic city center as well as Germany's first purely Gothic church (St. Elisabeth's) to give Marburg a picturesque quality, while the modern city is very much a university town, enjoying a reputation for its high academic tone and active student life.

On the university generally, see http://www.uni-marburg.de/.

UTD students have three different possibilities for studying at Marburg, either in the regular academic curriculum (conducted largely in German, but with some courses and some entire Masters programs in English) or in two special programs for international students (conducted in English and German). As with most international exchanges, students pay their own travel and living expenses as well as tuition at their home institutions. Participation in any of these programs must be arranged through the UTD Office of International Education.

For further information about the programs offered or for general information about living arrangements and expenses in Marburg, please directly contact either Professor Gerald Soliday here (soliday@utdallas.edu) or Professor Sascha Moells (sascha.moells@utdallas.edu) in Marburg, but also affiliated with UTD.
IUSP = The International Undergraduate Study Program (by Exchange Agreement)

See the description at http://web.uni-marburg.de/iusp/.

This special program for international students offers undergraduate courses during the two regular semesters (September to December and February to June) in English or in German with special English tutorials, assignments, and tests. Students may register for one or both semesters, with courses offering transfer credit in many degree plans (with prior approval of advisers here).

Students may begin German language study or may continue at their appropriate intermediate or advanced levels, but all participants must take a language course as well as a second course in German history and culture. After their conclusion, students take two further courses of their own choice. Traditionally the offerings have emphasized American studies, English literature, history, psychology, political economy (institutional economics and policy research), and also business administration (accounting, finance, and management). While special attention goes to European and wider international perspectives in the developing curriculum, more subjects are added regularly or are available upon request (for example, in fields such as biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics). For students with a special interest in the Middle East, the IUSP will offer topical courses on the region as well as advanced language courses in Arabic. 

Two scholarships are available for UT-Dallas students participating in this program. The grants cover the tuition of € 2,000 (about US $2,600), so participants must pay the remaining € 3,100 (about US $ 4,000) for a dormitory room, a meal subsidy, course materials, and a cultural program. Students may apply for a Marburg tuition scholarship through the Office of International Education:

IUSP Scholarship Application
(due October 31, 2014, for Spring 2015)

In accord with our exchange agreement, students pay their own UT-Dallas tuition, travel, other meals, and miscellaneous living expenses.

Note that UT-Dallas's own International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS) can be used to help defray expenses for this program. Applications are due at the Office of International Education on November 15, 2014, for Spring 2015.


Regular Curriculum Studies (by Exchange Agreement)

At its general Web site, http://www.uni-marburg.de/, you can find information in German and English about the university's setting, organization, and regular curriculum. Most courses are offered in German, though some programs (especially in economics, business administration, and the natural sciences) also offer Master's degrees in English. Special refresher language courses help to prepare international students for any course work in German.

Marburg and UT-Dallas have agreed to exchange students on a reciprocal basis, with payment of tuition and fees at their home institutions. UT-Dallas students pay tuition here, then a small registration fee to Marburg as well as their travel and living expenses. If students want course credit here for Marburg work, however, they must seek prior approval from their UTD advisers.

Note that UT-Dallas's International Education Fund Scholarships (IEFS) can be used to help defray costs for this exchange program. Applications are due in the Office of International Education on November 15, 2014, for Spring 2015.

ISU = The International Summer University (A Study-Abroad Option)

See the description of the 2015 program at www.uni-marburg.de/isu.  The summer study program (July 18 - August 15) offers:

  1. German language courses (all mornings). Students may start German language study or continue at their appropriate intermediate or advanced levels, but all participants must take a German course.
  2. Seminars and lecture courses (in English or German) on current European and German political, economic, and cultural topics. Special emphasis is placed on the main topic: Europe and the Middle East in Transition, with consideration of European Union, the Arab Spring, as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East. Undergraduate credits for these courses may be transferred into some UT-Dallas degree plans (with prior approval of advisers here).
  3. An extensive cultural program, with weekend excursions, special evening lectures, parties, etc.

This international program is available as a study-abroad option, under which students pay the Marburg program fee of € 1,900 (about US $2,500) for course materials and a dormitory room during the four weeks there. Students are also responsible, of course, for travel, meals, and miscellaneous living expenses. Although they do not pay UTD tuition, students may apply for transfer credit (with prior approval of advisers here), and an early-bird registration (by 15 March) costs only €1650 (about $2,150).

Remember that UTD's own International Education Fund Scholarships (IEFS) can be used to help defray expenses for this program. The application deadline at the Office of International Education is March 28 for the summer of 2015.