Practical Information

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dates 2018Dates 2018

    Arrival day

    Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

    Orientation days

    Friday, January 5th, 2018: orientation and short tour to the city (supermarkets, etc.)

    Monday, January 8th, 2018: breakfast, paperwork, university and cafeteria tour

    German class

    First day: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

    Last day: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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

    German Culture course

    First day: Thursday, January 11th, 2018

    Last day: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

    Class time: 2:15 pm - 4:45 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) 


    Excursion I: day trip on a Saturday in January

    Excursion II: weekend trip in February

    End of the program

    Departure Day: February 21st, 2018

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen ArrivalArrival

    Arrival day is Thursday, January 4th, 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 days in Marburg, many of the key places in Marburg will be shown in a short sight-seeing tour, so you will know where to go for grocery stores, department stores, post office, banks, University buildings, and other important locations.

    Traveling to Marburg

    From Frankfurt International Airport there are a lot of trains going to Marburg (1-2 hours ride). Here you can find more information about the connections. 

    Prior to your departure, please let us know via email when you  areapproximately arriving in Marburg. It will help us immensely to organize the service on the arrival day.

    On call phone when dialing from within Germany:  0151-704 210 02

  • 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 Winter Program 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 Winter Program.


    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 meals at subsidised prices available at our students cafeterias (name in German: "Mensa"). 

    We will provide you with a cafeteria debit card (which can also be used around campus to print, copy, lend books etc.). This card will already be charged with 20 Euro. Your first lunches, dinners, coffees are secured!

    There is a variety of options how to get 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" (see above), cafeterias and bistros at different locations throughout Marburg.

    The "Mensa" is a good place to get a full lunch for 2-3.50 €.  There is one down in the city, and one on the Lahn Hills. 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. You will find out.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen InsuranceInsurance

    Health Insurance

    Health insurance is included in the program fee. It covers medical and dental treatment as well as liability insurance. 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 Winter Program. We recommend buying insurance for your travel times before and after the program.

    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.

    --> If you would like to travel before or after the Winter Program please keep in mind to not exceed the 90 days!

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

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Things to bringThings to bring


    Carry-on bag

    - Passport

    - Airplane ticket

    - Credit Card/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.)

    - Cash

    - Medication for the whole 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.

    - Mobile Phone (save our on-call phone number in your phone: ++49 - 151 - 70 42 10 02)

    - 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

    - warm 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, just in case: 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, go directly to the Lost & Found office (Terminal 1, Concourse A, Level 0). Please give them our office address and phone number for delivering your luggage: 

    Philipps-Universität Marburg

    International Office

    Deutschhausstr. 11+13

    35037 Marburg

    Tel. 0151 - 70 42 10 02 

    Please also let us know asap so we can secure a safe delivery place and time.