About the Program


The academic year in Hessen starts with the winter term in October and ends with the summer term in July the following year.


As an international exchange student you are either required to or we highly recommend (depending on campus) that you take part in a pre-semester German Language Course. These courses offer instruction in German grammar, reading, writing and conversation, and are designed to provide rapid acquisition of language skills. Cultural excursions may be included.


Academic calendar at universities (Universitäten):
Winter semester (WS): Mid October until end of February
Summer semester (SS): Mid April until end of July


Academic calendar at universities of applied sciences (Fach-/Hochschulen):
Winter semester (WS): Beginning of October until mid February
Summer semester (SS): End of March until mid July


The Hessen International Summer Universities (ISU) take place in June, July, August.
The International Winter Universities (IWU) take place in January.


Semester dates of the International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP), Marburg:
fall term: September - December
spring term: February - June



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