International Summer University in Marburg, Germany
“The authentic materials I picked up from my courses and while in Germany were very helpful in working with various chapters in our book and in revising the final exams.”
--Laura Krystek, Toms River HS South (NJ), Germany 2005
Dates (arrival and departure): July 25 - August 20, 2012
Application deadline (stage one): Initial-stage materials must be postmarked by March 20, 2012.
Where will I be going?
Marburg is located in central Germany, about an hour north of Frankfurt in the federal state of Hessen. This historic, medieval town boasts traditional houses that tower over the valley of the Lahn River. Above the town stands the Landgrave Castle.
What will I be doing?
You will be attending language and culture classes at the Hessen International Summer University (ISU) at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany.
Language classes run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, for a total of 36 hours dedicated to language classes. You will be tested on the first day in order to be placed into the correct section. Classes range from basic through advanced, and small class sizes guarantee personal attention and significant practice time.
Another 36 hours are dedicated to cultural seminars, the topics of which depend on the program theme for the year. This year’s theme is: Peace and Conflict/Near and Middle East: Political, Cultural, Economic Aspects of the Arab Spring - A European Perspective.
You will enroll in a minimum of two of these seminars (included in the program fee) and may, at an additional cost of €200 each, enroll in one or two more. Each seminar module meets for 16-20 hours. You may choose from seminars taught in English or in German or take a mix of the two. Seminar topics, which will be announced soon, fall into two categories: Political Science, Sociology, and History; and Culture and Regional Studies.
Most seminars meet in the afternoons. In weeks when you do not have a seminar, there will be a film one afternoon per week and free, one-week courses.
You will be having fun, too!
The program includes parties, various cultural trips, and visits to Frankfurt am Main, Strasbourg, Eisenach, and Weimar. You will also have the opportunity to meet with some German teachers and exchange ideas.
Where will I stay?
You will be staying in a single room in university housing with access to the main campus by city bus. Bed sheets will be provided. The room will have a sink, but the bathroom, showers, and kitchens are in communal areas. You will not have telephone, TV, or internet in your room.
May I stay longer in Germany before or after the program?
Yes, at your own expense. However, please note that you will need to make your own travel arrangements at a hostel or hotel. You will not be able to stay in student housing except during the time of the program.
Will I be able to see more of Germany?
There will be opportunities for personal travel outside of the scheduled events, but they are not included in the program price.