German State of Hessen Institutions
Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Friedberg, Fulda, Geisenheim, Giessen
Kassel, Marburg, Offenbach, Russelsheim, Wiesbaden
||Across the Curriculum
Sophomore standing or above
||Semester, Year, Summer, Winterim
|Language of Instruction
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.
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-Liebig- 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)
The Hessen-WI exchange program expenses will vary depending on the institution you apply for. The below estimated budget includes the common
program expenses that you should anticipate when you apply to any one of the Hessen-WI institutions. Institution-specific fees will be provided if you indicate using financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to pay your study abroad fees, or you may request one by contacting the Office of Global Experiences.
*2019-20 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.
|Billed by UW-Whitewater
|Tuition* (less Segregated Fee Waiver)
|UWW Global Experience Fee
|UW-Oshkosh Hessen-WI Administration Fee
|UWW Contingency Fee
|Additional Estimated Expenses
|Passport and Passport Photos
|German Residence Permit
** 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 $7,400.
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.
||September - July
||August/September - December
||Late December - Mid January
||February/March - June/July
||4 weeks in July/August
*Term dates vary depending on university selected: Frankfurt, Giessen, etc.
Office of Global Experiences