The IGSP is a program for students of German who are seeking the opportunity to live the language and who are looking for language training that goes beyond the classroom.
With its intensive German and literature classes as well as excursions to various German cities the IGSP offers a chance to experience Europe, Germany and especially the Philipps-Universität Marburg, along with the atmosphere and beauty of one of Germany's oldest university towns.
Students of German who want to take the chance to learn about German culture and history from within.
Applicants should be at least 18 years old, be enrolled in a university. Minimum requirement of German language skills: level A1.2; all higher levels offered, up to DSH.
The IGSP runs from the beginning of January to the end of May. It is therefore adapted to the academic calendar of most universities worldwide. This way you can study in Germany for a semester without missing out on a semester and credits at your home institution.
The program is divided into three parts. You will start with your first intensive German course for six weeks, then have a one-week break. Following the break you'll take a second intensive language course for another six weeks, which is also followed by a one-week break.
The third part of the program is a comprehensive literature and reading course in German.
The German language courses are integrated in the on-going language courses at the Philipps-Universität for international students who plan to continue their studies in Germany. Excursions to various German cities supplement your classroom experience.
Participants will receive credit from the Philipps-Universität Marburg upon successful completion of the program. A certificate of participation and a transcript reflect the course work completed, enabling a smooth transfer of credit to your home university or college.
There are 5 levels:
Stufe 1: After successful completion of this course you will have attained level A2.
Stufe 2: After successful completion of this course you will have attained (largely) level B1.
Stufe 3: After successful completion of this course you will have attained level B1 (B2 in verbal communication).
Stufe 4: After successful completion of this course you will have attained levels B1+ in verbal communication and textproduction, B2 in the other fields.
DSH-Stufe: At the end of this course you have the opportunity to take the DSH-exam. (DSH = Deutsche Prüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber/innen)
The levels attained correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). More information about the CEFR can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
You will take a placement test before you come to Marburg. This test is not graded, the results will detemine what level is best suited for you so you are placed in a course which will give you the opportunity to make the most of it. Here you can find an example of the placement test.
The Studienkolleg Mittelhessen at the University of Marburg is an institute staffed by professionals who specialize in teaching German language and culture to students from all over the world.
Participants will receive credit from the Philipps-Universität Marburg upon successful completion of the program.
A certificate of participation and a transcript reflect the course work completed, enabling a smooth transfer of credit to your home university or college.
Each intensive language course consists of 138 contact hours. Classes are being held from Monday to Friday. A literature course consists of 40 contact hours (plus another 40 hours for preparation). Classes are being held twice a week.
Cultural Program in Marburg
The city of Marburg will be your home for 5 months. To get to know the city and its long history we will go on a guided city tour during your first week in Germany. We will have some German food and beverages and learn about the eating culture.
Three excursions will complement the IGSP. These are trips to other cities and places in Germany, including a 4-day trip to Berlin.
Program fee: 4,990 Euro
Partners of our university: There are special conditions for students from partner institutions of the Philipps-Universität Marburg with student exchange agreements. Please contact your International or Study Abroad Office.
The fee includes:
2 Intensive German language courses
Orientation and Cultural program
Semester administration fee including ticket for free public transport within the entire state of Hesse
Accommodation (single room in one of our student dormitories)
German health insurance
Assistance by our IGSP team
Meals and beverages
Refundable deposit for your dormitory room of up to EUR 250*
Fee for the issuing of a student visa (appr. EUR 100) and the required biometric photograph (EUR 10)
*The key deposit, which must be paid on the day of arrival, will be refunded when you have returned your room keys and your room is left in an orderly manner.
The City is an attractive destination for students and tourists from around the world. The backdrop of the historic old town houses - which have remained virtually unchanged for centuries - towers high above the Lahn River Valley. Here you can stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets and stop at a café for passing time or meeting with friends for conversation or discussion. A popular tourist destination is Marburg's castle, enthroned high above the historic old town.
The Philipps-Universität Marburg (founded in 1527) is the oldest Protestant university in the world. Marburg has approximately 80,000 residents. With about 26,500 students and 6,000 people working for the university, the slogan of Marburg is: “Other cities may have a university, Marburg is a university”.
The majority of students in Marburg come from all over Germany. There are also over 70 international partnerships and exchange agreements that tie the University of Marburg to colleges and universities worldwide. 2,000 scientists and scholars teach and research at Marburg; within this number are over 400 professors and university lecturers.
Ms. Rebecca Schaffeld
Phone: ++49 (0)6421 / 28 26466
Fax: ++49 (0)6421 / 28 28998
on call phone: 0151-704 210 02 (from a German telephone)
or ++49 151-704 210 02 (from outside Germany or an international phone)
Intensive German Studies Program (IGSP)
35037 Marburg, Germany
Further Information: You can find our IGSP-Flyer here!
Duration of Program: January - May
Registration deadline: September 30 of previous year
two intensive language courses
3 excursions (including a 4-day-trip to Berlin)
Marburg city tour
activities at various occasions
special conditions for students from partner institutions
The program fee includes:
Academic program (2 intensive language course, 1 literature course), Cultural program (including 3 excursions), Accommodation, German health insurance, Semester administration fee including ticket for free public transport, assistance by IGSP team
Participants must be enrolled in a university
German language skills at A1.2 or above