About the Program


What is the Hessen:Massachusetts Program?

The Hessen-Massachusetts Academic State Partnership was implemented in 2004 as a joint effort by Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts and the University of Massachusetts System. The objective of state-to-state programs is to support student mobility as well as to implement and foster collaboration between researchers of institutions of higher education. The exchanges seek to create an environment of international knowledge, cultural competencies and linguistic skills for the future.



How can I participate?

Students who are currently enrolled at a University of Massachusetts campus can choose between different study abroad formats:

1. Academic Year or Semester Exchange: Spend one or two academic semesters at one of the 14 participating universities and universities of applied sciences ("Hochschulen") in Hessen!

2. International Summer Universities (ISUs) & International Winter Universities (IWUs): Join us during your summer or winter break for one of our short-term programs, tailored specifically to international students. No prior knowledge of German is necessary!

3. International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP): Designed to match the North American academic calendar, Marburg University's IUSP is the perfect opportunity for students to study abroad for a whole semester or two without having to worry about missing part of the subsequent term at home. No prior knowledge of German is necessary!


While these programs are open to international students from all over the world, if you are currently enrolled at one of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, or Worcester, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship!


Talk to your Study Sbroad Advisor today and submit your application to your International Office!




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