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Exchange (Consortium) Germany: Hessen - Wisconsin Exchange Program
Darmstadt, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Friedberg, Germany; Fulda, Germany; Giessen, Germany; Kassel, Germany; Marburg, Germany; Offenbach, Germany; Russelsheim, Germany; Wiesbaden, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants 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:
Program Type:
Exchange (Consortium)
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture, Economics, Finance, Geography, German, International Business, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Physics, Psychology
Target Language:
Program Description:

German State of Hessen Institutions


Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Friedberg, Fulda, Geisenheim, Giessen

Kassel, Marburg, Offenbach, Russelsheim, Wiesbaden

Germany-Hessen Flag

Location Hessen, Germany
Academic Focus Across the Curriculum
Eligibility 2.5 GPA (some programs may require 3.0)
Sophomore standing or above
Terms Semester, Year, Summer, Winterim
Language of Instruction English, German
Partner Website Click Here

The Hessen-Wisconsin exchange is a sister state relationship between Wisconsin and the German state of Hessen, which allows UW System students to study on exchange at any of the 13 institutions of higher education in Hessen. Studying in Hessen will help you gain German language skills and strengthen your knowledge about Germany while studying in a bustling city like Frankfurt, in a medieval setting like Marburg, or in the Baroque town of Fulda, just to mention a few. You can choose to study at a university in Hessen for a short-term program during winterim or summer, a semester, or a full academic year. Hessen's central location makes it ideal for trips to other cities and countries across Europe.


The 13 universities offer courses in a variety of areas at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information on each campuses offerings and requirements, please visit their specific website.
There are a variety of program options for exchange students to choose from, including:
  • Semester/Academic Year Programs: Students enroll in regular university courses that can be taught in English and/or German. Additionally, students are encouraged to enroll in the pre-semester and/or semester German language courses that are offered at most Hessen institutions. Course offerings, and especially the availability of courses in English, vary at each Hessen institution. Because of differences in the German and US academic calendars, students generally study in Hessen for spring semester or a full academic year. However, there are two options for students to study in Hessen for the fall semester: the Marburg IUSP allows students to take courses in German language and culture courses alongside courses in other areas, and the Fulda Social Work program, which includes coursework and an internship focused on social work, intercultural communication, and German language.
  • Short Term Programs: The International Summer/Winter Universities (ISU/IWU) are short-term program (approx. 4 weeks) offered at several different Hessen institutions. German language experience is not required, and all programs include both a content course and German language courses ranging from beginner to advanced.
Click here for more information about the Hessen: Wisconsin exchange program



Accommodation options vary from institution to institution, with most universities arranging for exchange students to live in student residence halls. Individual university websites will have further information about the housing options available at that institution.

Student Life and Surroundings

In Hessen, you are in the heart of Europe. Hessen is the fifth largest of the German states, and is situated in the center of Germany. The state is cosmopolitan and open-minded, but also deeply rooted in its heritage and history. From Kassel in the North to Darmstadt in the South, the cities of Hessen are unique in their cultural offerings, tradition, architecture and food. Hessen is a land of nature and one of the most densely wooded states in Germany and is one of the most renowned wine-growing regions in Germany.

The 13 Hessen institutions are:
  • Technical University Darmstadt
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Justus-Leibig- University Giessen
  • University of Marburg
  • University of Kassel
  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Fulda University of Applied Sciences
  • TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences
  • Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences
  • Frankfurt University of Music and Performance Arts
  • Offenbach University of Art and Design
  • Geisenheim University

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid by the student individually.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater Semester Summer
Tuition* (less Segregated Fee Waiver) 3,260 1,630**
UWW Global Experience Fee 225 225
UW-Oshkosh Hessen-WI Administration Fee 100 100
UWW Contingency Fee 50 50
CISI Insurance 170 34
Subtotal $3,805 $2,039
Additional Estimated Expenses    
Passport and Passport Photos 150 150
Round-Trip Airfare 1,200 1,200
German Residence Permit 110 -
German Student Semester Fees
(includes free public transportation
370 -
German Health Insurance 420 -
Accommodation*** 2,500 -
Meals 1,700 500
Books/Supplies 300 50
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,000 500
Subtotal $8,750 $2,400
Total**** $12,637 $4,439

*2016-17 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
** The summer tuition incorporates the accommodation costs in the tuition fee.
*** Accommodation is an estimated price; options vary at each campus
****For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,292


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program, and will also need to apply  for  a German student visa. In addition, students are required to obtain a German Residence Permit upon arrival in Germany.

Key Dates

Terms Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year March 15th September - July
Fall Semester March 15th August/September - December
Winterim October 1st Late December - Mid January
Spring Semester October 1st February/March - June/July
Summer March 15th 4 weeks in July/August


UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor
Ellen Boldt
Dept. of Language and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3106
Tel: 262-472-1064

CGE Exchange Coordinator
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)