Practical Information

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dates 2018Dates 2018

    Arrival day

    Thursday, January 4th, 2018 between 7 - 11 am at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)

    During this time we will pick you up at the airport and travel together to Marburg. Please let us know beforehand what time you arrive at the airport.

    Orientation days

    Friday, January 5th, 2018: let's get settled into the dormitories and go on a short tour to the city with us (supermarkets, etc.)

    until Monday, January 8th, 2018: paperwork, seeing the university, cafeteria

    German class #1

    first day: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

    last day: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

    Class time: 9 am - 12:50 pm (Monday - Friday)


    Wednesday, February 21st - Monday, February 26th, 2018

    German class #2

    first day: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

    last day: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

    Class time: 9 am - 12:50 pm (Monday - Friday)


    Wednesday, April 18th - at least Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    Literature course

    starts: first possible date: Monday, April 23rd, 2018

    ends: last possible date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

    exact dates to be announced in spring 2018

    Public holidays (no classes)

    Friday, March 30th, 2018 (Good Friday)

    Monday, April 2nd, 2018 (Easter Monday)

    Monday, May 1st, 2018 (Labor Day)

    Thursday, May 10th, 2018 (Ascension Day)

    Monday, May 21st, 2018 (Pentecost)

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018 (Corpus Christi)


    Excursion I+II: day trips on a Saturday, most likely in January and March (exact places and dates tbd)

    Excursion III: Berlin: Saturday, April 28th - Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

    End of the program

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018

    Check-out of rooms: May 30th, 2018

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen ArrivalArrival

    Arrival day is Thursday, January, 4, 2018

    The official day of arrival is Thursday, January 4th, 2018. (If you would like to arrive before the official arrival date, you must find alternative accommodation, for example a youth hostel or a hotel). Please book a flight to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) or come to the airport in the morning if you arrive in Germany before that day. We will come to the airport’s meeting point to greet you and then we will take the train to Marburg together. Please schedule your arrival between 7 am and 11 am. If you arrive later we will try to pick you up, but we cannot guarantee it.

    After arrival in Marburg, we will take you to your residence. On your first day in Marburg, many of the key places in Marburg will be shown in a short sight-seeing tour, so students will know where to go for grocery stores, department stores, post office, banks, University buildings, and other important locations.

    Traveling to Marburg

    We will travel together from Frankfurt International Airport to Marburg (Lahn) by train. We will bring your student ticket, your dorm keys and a lot of information with us. Prior to your departure, please let us know via email when you are arriving in Frankfurt. It will help us immensely to organize the pick-up service on Monday. On call phone when dialing from within Germany:  0151-704 210 02

    The first days

    We have organized an Orientation Program that will help you to find your way around Marburg, cut some red tape, such as filling in visa and city registration forms, activating your university email account and getting to know the other students.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen AccommodationAccommodation

    You will have a single room in one of the university dormitories. Since Marburg has a historical center with mostly small, traditional houses, there is little space to accommodate the large number of students in the center of town.  That is why our dorms are situated outside the city center and can easily be reached by local bus lines or also by foot.


    Not all of the dormitory rooms are equipped with Internet access and/or telephone. You can always use free wifi in university buildings or use the computer labs in the libraries during opening hours.

    If you want to phone and text locally, and be able to be contacted by phone by your family and friends back home, we recommend the purchase of a pre-paid cell phone after your arrival in Marburg.


    There are common bathrooms, showers and kitchens on all floors of the dormitory buildings. Please be prepared to bring with you or purchase upon arrival a set of plates, silverware, cup, bowl, kitchen towel, sponge for your own use.  The dormitory kitchens are actually supposed to be equipped with these items; sometimes, however, fellow students take them to their rooms, and the utensils remain there longer than they should.

    You will also find laundry rooms in every dormitory building. Bed sheets will be provided, but you will need to bring your own towels with you.


    You will receive your room assignment on arrival day. These assignments are a service by our colleagues of the student unions' dorm department (Studentenwerk). The IGSP team has no influence on where participants are being placed. This is subject to availability.

    Accommodations are covered by the program fee. Private accommodations cannot be organized through the IGSP.


    To view pictures of the dorms, click here.

    Should you plan to come to Marburg prior to the official arrival date of the program, or should you want to stay beyond the official end date of the program, we recommend Marburg's youth hostel or hotels.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen MealsMeals

    There are a lot of options how to get a large variety of food.

    Kitchen in your residence hall

    Dormitory buildings are equipped with kitchens for you to use. So you can prepare meals at home. The kitchen is also a good place to meet the other students on your floor and practice your German. Please note that there are no cafeterias in the dormitories.

    student cafeterias

    Studentenwerk Marburg (student union) runs two Mensas, cafterias and bistros at different locations throughout Marburg. The Mensa is a good place to get a full lunch for 2-3.50 €, you can find one Mensa in the city in Studentenhaus and one on the Lahnberge (hills where also some departments are located). In the same buildings are also student cafeterias, open all day and offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and all kind of snacks and beverages. Check the website of the student union to get an impression of their offers and the meals on offer this week. Studentenwerk Food & Drink. There are several cafeterias in university buildings where you can purchase beverages and snacks, too.

    going out

    In town there are several snack bars, bakeries and fast food facilities. Of course, if you want to go out for a nice meal, Marburg offers also a large variety of restaurants.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen InsuranceInsurance

    German Health Insurance

    The German health insurance is included in the program fee*. It covers medical and dental treatment. If you want to know more about the benefits please contact us directly.

    You are covered from your first to your last day during the IGSP.

    * special conditions may apply if you are older than 30 years. If this applies to you please contact us.

    Luggage Insurance

    We recommend that you insure your luggage before departing your home country.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen VisaVisa

    Do you need a visa to enter Germany?

    Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand can enter Germany as a tourist, i.e. with only their passport. This tourist visa is valid for 90 days.

    IGSP students who are citizens of other countries than those listed above: Please check with the German embassy or consulate in your country.

    residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel)

    After arrival in Marburg, you will be applying for and receiving a student residency permit (Aufenthaltstitel). We will help you with the paperwork and we will go together to the Aliens Department for the application. The fee for the residency permit is 100 Euro, you also need a biometrical photo. We will go to a photo studio so you have a photo with the right measurements.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Things to bringThings to bring

    Carry-on bag

    Passport, Airplane ticket, Credit Card/ATM Card, Cash, Medication, Mobile Phone (save our on call phone number in your phone: ++49-151-70421002), a set of clothes, a towel and some toiletries (in case your luggage gets lost), a note with our address and phone number

    checked luggage

    clothes and comfortable shoes, towels, hairdryer, adapter for electrical devices, personal items, everything you need to feel happy in your new home

    If you've still got room:  a plate, silverware, cup, bowl, kitchen towel and dishwashing sponge.  These items can, of course, also be purchased inexpensively in Marburg.

    Remember to bring only as much as you can carry!

    What to do if your luggage gets lost

    Checked luggage sometimes gets lost. Usually it will be delivered 1 or 2 days later. You should pack important documents, things you need (e.g. medicine) and some clothes for changing in your carry-on bag to be on the safe side.

    If you arrive in Frankfurt, but your luggage does not, contact us or go directly to the Lost & Found office (Terminal 1, Concourse A, Level 0). Please give them our office address and on call phone number for delivering your luggage:


    Philipps-Universität Marburg

    International Office

    Deutschhausstr. 11+13

    35037 Marburg


    Tel. 0151-70421002

    Some advice for the things to bring

    Credit Card or ATM Card: Be sure to notify the credit card company or bank that issued your card and ensure that your card can be used in Europe.

    Enough cash to buy food and beverages for the first few days and to cover any miscellaneous additional expenses. Foreign currency CANNOT be exchanged at local banks in Marburg. This should be done in Frankfurt or at the airport etc.

    Any medication you may need FOR THE FULL DURATION OF YOUR STAY. It will not necessarily be possible to obtain the identical medication here. If you bring prescription medicine, you should also bring a copy of the prescription.

    Towels: linen is provided in the dorms, but you have to bring your own towels

    Adapter for electrical devices: Please bear in mind that US electrical appliances will not work in German electrical outlets

    If you've still got room: a plate, silverware, cup, bowl, kitchen towel and dishwashing sponge. These items can, of course, also be purchased inexpensively in Marburg.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Cultural ProgramCultural Program

    Trip I: Heidelberg, Saturday, January 21, 2017

    We will visit the magnificent medieval castle.

    Trip II: Kassel, Saturday, March 18, 2017

    "Looking into the stars". We will visit the planetarium.

    Trip III: Berlin, Saturday, April 29 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    We will go on an exciting trip to our nation's capital Berlin for 4 days! We will travel by bus and stay in a cozy hostel. During our time in Berlin we will experience the past, the present and the future of this city and our country.