What is the IUSP?
Though budget and personnel cuts in many parts of the world have made it increasingly difficult for students to learn German as a foreign language during their college or university studies, students' interest in getting to know Germany and Europe during their studies has not diminished.
Only a small number of German universities offer courses in English that would meet this interest while at the same time ensuring an academic level fully recognized by universities abroad. The IUSP has been designed to fill this gap.
The IUSP offers six weeks of intensive German classes as a sort of orientation period. Upon successful completion of the orientation coursework, students can choose from a broad selection of university courses listed in the course catalogue. Not all of these courses are taught in English, but all of the courses include an obligatory tutorial in English that is designed to enable all IUSP students to attend, regardless of their German proficiency level.
Seminars come from the following subject areas:
- American Studies
- Business Administration and Economics
- English Studies
- Gender Studies
- Linguistics and Language Technologies
- Media Studies
- Near and Middle Eastern Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Political Science
What the IUSP is not: a program solely for learning German. Learning German is one objective of the program, but not its main objective.
Our target audience is undergraduate students from all over the world who want to get to know Germany and the German language within the context of an academic semester abroad, without missing out on lectures (and credits) at their home university. That is partly why an intensive German language course with a total of 120 hours is an essential part of the program. Participants are encouraged to attend regular university lectures in German in order to become acquainted with their sound and structure, and to get to know German students!
The IUSP is a challenge! Within the German university system, students enjoy a relatively high degree of autonomy and at the same time they are expected to assume academic and organizational responsibility.
Applicants should be at least 18 years old, have reached the equivalent of second-semester sophomore status in college or university, have a very good command of English (at least B1 for non-native speakers) and be committed to participation in our intensive German language component.
In order to make it possible for international students to take part in our program, it was necessary to adapt our academic year to meet their needs. This means that IUSP participants will be able to return to their home campus and continue their studies without missing out on the semester on their home campus following the IUSP semester in Germany.
Exact program dates can be found under "Practical Information".
IUSP participants can enroll for one or two semesters.
Note: If you are interested in an even shorter term of study abroad, check out our 4-week summer study program "Hessen International Summer University" (ISU).