Program Information

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What is the Winter Program and who is it for?What is the Winter Program and who is it for?

    It is a six weeks-program of intensive German – in the fairytale town of Marburg, in a (hopefully) fairytale winter!

    Starting in early January, this new program offers students language teaching and cultural events at one of Europe’s oldest universities – we have the experience of 500 years of teaching!

    The regular semester at Marburg will be in full swing, so participants will be immersed both in the language as well as in a vibrant student community. In the dorms they will live next to German and international students. In the classroom learn alongside students from all over the world, not just from their own program.

    There will be organized trips on the weekend as well as enough time to explore the town and the state of Hessen on one’s own.

    Come to Marburg and

    • finally take that German language class you always wanted to take
    • stay in a small, safe town close to the hub of Europe’s financial capital Frankfurt
    • take home credits for your degree

     Target group

    The Winter Program 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 and who want to take the chance to learn about German culture and history from within.

    Applicants should be at least 18 years old and being enrolled at a university.

     Program calendar

    The Winter Program runs from January 4 to February 21.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Academic Curriculum - German Language and Culture classesAcademic Curriculum - German Language and Culture classes

    The courses run from January 9 until February 20 (six weeks).


    The German language courses run from Monday to Friday 9 am - 12:50 pm.

    After a placement test the students will be assigned classes according to their pre-knowledge of German. All aspects of language will be covered: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    Here you can get more information about the Language course and here you can find out more about the different levels and the contents of the courses.

    We will also offer a German language course for beginners!


    The German culture course will take place Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 - 5 pm.

    In this course you will learn about German history and the political and educational system in Germany.


    Work load

    The intensive German Language course consists of 138 classroom hours.

    The German culture course consists of 45 contact hours.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen CreditsCredits

    Philipps-Universität issues a certificate stating the number of classroom hours, course level, and performance (in %) in the various areas of language learning (speaking, listening, writing, reading) and in the German Culture Class. With these information home universities are able to transfer the students’ work back home.

    Have a look at a sample transcript which shows a regualar course load for the German Language Winter Program.


    Work load

    The intensive German Language course consists of 138 contact hours

    The German Culture course consists of 45 contact hours.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Cultural ProgramCultural Program

    The city of Marburg will be your home for 6 weeks. You have to get out of the classroom to really experience Germany, German culture and life in Germany. And that is what we do:

    • To get to know the city and its long history we will take you to a guided tour.
    • We organize a pub night. 
    • There will be 2 excursions to show you a bit more of Germany and its culture, one day trip to Heidelberg, and a weekend trip to Würzburg. Within both excursions we will have a cultural program (e.g. a city tour, visiting a castle or a museum), but you will also have leisure time to explore the cities by yourselves.
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Program FeeProgram Fee

    Program fee: 2,850 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:

    • Intensive German language course
    • German Culture course
    • Orientation and Cultural program
    • Excursions
    • Semester administration fee including ticket for free public transport within the entire state of Hessen
    • Accommodation (single room)
    • Health insurance
    • Meal subsidy

    Additional Expenses:

    • Travel expenses
    • Personal spending
    • Refundable deposit for your dormitory room of up to EUR 250*

    *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.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen City & UniversityCity & University

    The City of Marburg

    Marburg 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 University

    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.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen ContactContact

    Cornelia Janus

    Email: winteruni@uni-marburg.de

    Phone: ++49 (0)6421 / 28 26179


    On call phone during the program:

    0151-704 210 02 (from a German telephone)

    or ++49 151-704 210 02 (from outside Germany or an international phone)



    Philipps-Universität Marburg

    International Office

    Winter Program

    Deutschhausstr. 11+13

    35037 Marburg, Germany

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Key DataKey Data

    Duration of the Program 

    January 4 - February 21

    Registration deadline

    October 31 (until this date the deductible registration fee has to be paid and the proof of transfer uploaded in our registration data base)

    Academic program

    Intensive language course

    Culture course

    Cultural program

    2 excursions (including a 3-day-trip and a 1-day-trip)

    Marburg city tour

    Pub night


    2,850 €

    Special conditions for students from partner institutions!

    The program fee includes:

    Academic program (1 intensive language course + 1 culture course), Cultural program (including 2 excursions), Accommodation, Health insurance, Semester administration fee including ticket for free public transport, Meal subsidy


    Participants must be enrolled in a university.

    Participants must be at least 18 years old.