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Internet Access & Telephone

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Do I have internet in my room? Do I have internet in my room? 

    In your room

    Be warned: Not all dormitories have internet access within the university net.

    Those which have also have internet tutors. Any questions concerning Internet access in your room should first be directed to them. You will find an overview of the tutors here.

    UMRnet/Internet access

    Internet access is possible with several Windows versions. It also works with Linux, MacOS and other system softwares. Please have the MAC address of the Ethernet interface of your laptop ready when you come here.

    Access via telephone network

    In the two dorms without LAN access you would have to order a conventional telephone network at the "Deutsche Telekom" with a DSL or ISDN/Modem option. Because of the shortness of your stay we can not recommend this alternative. Unnecessary expenses for the telephone extension arise.

    More information by the university computer centre.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How does the internet on campus work?How does the internet on campus work?

    Using LAN
    Almost all institutions on campus are equipped with so-called cable networks where you can hook up your laptop. The laptop is to be used as a "client". The use of servers (especially WWW-/MP3-Upload-Server) is strictly forbidden. Your Internet account will be blocked at misuse.

    The usage is temporary (maximum of 4 hours); the IP address will be assigned dynamically. Access information will be recorded like using a modem/ISDN access. The information will be kept for a maximum of six months.

    For the LAN access via laptop at the University the HRZ (university computer services) operates a LAN access server (Cisco Router). The server also controls computer access in the dormitories and is connected to the UMRnet by Gigabit-Ethernet (1 Gbit/s, full duplex). To use the LAN access, the laptop owner has to sign on to this server.

    WLAN
    On campus, there is a wide net of hotspots to log on via WLAN. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Where can I get a cell phone & how does it work?Where can I get a cell phone & how does it work?

    Cellular phones

    Since a regular telephone extension from the "Deutsche Telekom" is not feasible due to the brevity of the stay, we suggest that students buy a cheap cellular phone or sim card here.

    We would like to suggest a few opportunities:

    There are some possibilities to get a cell phone (Handy). If you already own a T-Mobile carrier cell phone, bring it with you to Marburg. T-Mobile is one of the only companies that can convert between European and American frequencies, so a T-Mobile cell phone can be used in both places. You have to make sure that the SIM card (the card inside the phone) is "unlocked" so you can purchase and insert a card in Marburg.

    Pre-Paid Phones

    Many cellular phone providers offer well-priced pre-paid phones. These phones come without a contractual commitment. However, the pre-paid calls are typically more expensive. Depending on the provider, the prices vary (phone, per-minute rates, etc.) – it is worth while to ask around in various shops once in Marburg.

    Simyo/Congstar

    Simyo and Congstar sell pre-paid SIM cards for cellular phones with good rates for phoning and text messaging. There is no long-term commitment to a contract or a monthly service charge through this provider. Another pro: the credit can be viewed and reloaded online. A Dual-, Triband- or UMTS cellular phone without SIM lock is required for utilizing the services. More information is available on their web site.

Every Day Life

Dorms

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Do I get my own room in a dorm?Do I get my own room in a dorm?

    All IUSP students have single rooms in one of the university dorms when staying her in Marburg. They are all mixed gender dorms. Upon your arrival in Marburg, you will receive your dorm room information and your key. Please do not lend your key to a third person! You will have to pay for it if your key is lost and locks have to be exchanged.

    The IUSP team has no influence on where participants are being placed. This is subject to availability.(The assignments are a service by our colleagues of the dorm department (Studentenwerk).)

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

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How are the dorms organized? Are there kitchen supplies, laundry rooms, and bed linens?How are the dorms organized? Are there kitchen supplies, laundry rooms, and bed linens?

    All dormitories are equipped with kitchens and laundry rooms. The kitchens on your floor are communal. Therefore, you can use the refrigerator, stove, and sink at any time. You will probably have to bring or purchase your own kitchen utensils (plates, pots, pans, etc.). In your welcome materials, you will find a list of stores that hold such items.

    Each dorm has a housekeeper. She is responsible for keeping the communal areas of the dorm clean, providing you bed linens and is the person to contact if there are damages or other problems in the dorm. Her office is usually on one of the lower floors of the dorm and her phone number is posted at the entry. She is usually there in the mornings.

    Laundry rooms can be found in every building, although some may be more difficult to find than others. Take this opportunity to get to know other students by asking students in your hall for assistance. You may also explore your dorm on your own. Make it an adventure!

    Bedding and linens will be provided for you. The housekeepers have assigned times when you can exchange the used linens for a new set.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Will I have television/telephone in my dorm room?Will I have television/telephone in my dorm room?

    Please be warned, the rooms do not have television or telephone.

Classes

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen When will the classes be posted online?When will the classes be posted online?

    Generally speaking, class descriptions are posted online later than what many colleges and universities outside of Germany are accustomed to. The reason for this lies in the differing academic calendars. The classes for the spring semester in Marburg are published in January; classes for the fall semester in Marburg are published in June.  We recommend looking at classes from the previous academic year to get a feel for what classes will be offered in the corresponding semester of the current academic year. In most subject areas, similar courses are offered on a rotating basis one time each academic year.  We do not offer the same classes every year/semester. Introductory-level courses, however, are generally repeated. Browsing through past catalogues can be helpful in giving you an idea of what courses may be offered and what courses may be counted towards your degree.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How can I register for classes?How can I register for classes?

    We are adding classes as they come in from the professors. As soon as the list is complete, we will notify all students and ask for their class choice in an email. We will ask for your final decision after your arrival in Marburg.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How does the organization of the tutorials work?How does the organization of the tutorials work?

    A tutorial (obligatory!) will be offered with each course. It is being held in English to help students with the material that was covered in class. Course and tutorial are one inseparable unit.

    After we have all the final class choices, we will write your professors an email asking them to name a tutor. Then, we will get in touch with the tutors and find free time spots for the tutorials. Once we found the day and time for your tutorial, your tutor will get in touch with you with further information.

    One week before the regular semester starts, we will have a schedule session where we will give you your final schedule, and explain where the classes will take place.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen  Can I change classes once the semester has started? Can I change classes once the semester has started?

    Since the IUSP is a short term program, there is no drop/add period.  

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What is the regular course load?What is the regular course load?

    First six weeks (before the regular semester starts):

    1 Intensive German Language Class with 120 contact hours & 6 ECTS

    1 German Culture Class with 56 contact hours & 6 ECTS

    Regular Semester:

    2 classes from our IUSP course catalogue with 48 contact hours/each & 6 ECTS/each

    optional: German Conversation Class with 36 contact hours & 2 ECTS

    It is possible to add a third/fourth class for an extra fee of 230 Euro/each (non-refundable if student chooses to drop the class again after more than two sessions).