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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
Fall 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/15/2016 ** 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

                         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         

The Hessen-Wisconsin Exchange offers the opportunity to experience Europe, Germany and especially the State of Hessen along with high-quality academics and great quality of life. Strengthen your knowledge about Germany and increase your proficiency in German while studying either 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 from as many as 12 different campuses with an almost limitless choice of academic programs. You can choose to study at a university in Hessen for a short-term program, semester, or year. Hessen's central location makes it ideal for trips to other German regions or European countries.


This exchange is open to all majors. Wisconsin and the German State of Hessen have a sister-state relationship, which includes an exchange agreement between the UW-System and the institutions of higher education in Hessen.

Most classes on the Hessen exchange are taught in German. Exchange students may choose to study at any of the Hessen institutions, especially if they have a good understanding of the German language. German as a foreign language courses are only taught at Giessen, Kassel, and Marburg.
Click here for more information about the Hessen: Wisconsin exchange program

There are a wide-variety of program options for exchange students to choose from including:
  • Total Immersion: This program is open to all majors, but proficiency in the German language is required. Students in a total immersion program will take all of their classes in German. In order to participate in this program additional documents will be needed to demonstrate your German proficiency such as a statement of purpose written in German and copies of official transcripts.
  • Semester/Academic Year: Although proficient knowledge of German is not required in this program, it is helpful and recommended. Classes are taught in English, but exchange students will need to be able to comfortably interact and live in a German-speaking environment. This program is open to students of all majors.
  • International Summer/Winter Universities: German language experience is not required for students in this program and is open to all majors. The Summer/Winter programs are short-term (approx. 4 weeks) and offered on several different campuses throughout the state of Hessen.


Housing arrangements are coordinated through the host institutions. The International Office at the German University helps exchange students arrange housing upon receipt of a housing application. UW-W exchange students live either in dorm complexes with shared kitchens or in apartments near campus, depending upon the institution at which they study.

Student Life and Surroundings

Hessen is cosmopolitan and open-minded, but deeply rooted in its heritage and history. From Kassel to Darmstadt and from Fulda to Wiesbaden, 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. It has one of the most renowned wine-growing regions in Germany.

All of the universities involved in this program are located in the German state of Hessen. The 12 universities include:
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Goethe Universität—Frankfurt am Main
  • Justus-Leibig- Universität Giessen
  • Philipps Universität Marburg
  • Universität Kassel
  • Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main University of Applied Sciences
  • Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences
  • Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  • Hochschule Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences
  • Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst—Frankfurt am Main
  • Hochschule für Gestaltung—Offenbach am Main


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 individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

*2013-14 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.
  UW-Whitewater Hessen Exchange
Tuition $3,789* $3,789*
Housing $1,500-$2,500 $2,000
Meals $1,600 $2,000
Other Living Expenses $1,475 $3,000
Global Experiences Application Fee $0 $200
CISI International Insurance $0 $170
Travel Documents $0 $250
Round Trip Flight $0 $1,000
Total Cost of Attendance (estimated) $8,364-$9,364 $12,437

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 Varies by University
Fall Semester March 15th Varies by University
Spring Semester October 1st Varies by University


UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor
Dr. Matt Lange
Dept. of Language and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3108
Tel: 262-472-1065

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