What to bring with you
- 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..
- An international phone card (optional)
- Any medication you may need FOR THE FULL DURATION OF YOUR STAY. It will not necessarily be possible to obtain the identical medication here.
- Alarm clock
- Adapter for electrical devices
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.
Please bear in mind that US electrical appliances will not work in German electrical outlets.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How do the IUSP-weekend trips work?How do the IUSP-weekend trips work?
In addition to the regular study program, the IUSP program fee also covers three weekend trips each semester.
The excursions take place on weekends. We will stay in shared rooms at local hostels (only breakfast is included in the program fee). We will travel in private busses.
Trips Spring Semester: Berlin, Hamburg or Köln, Dresden
Trips Fall Semester: Berlin, Leipzig or Weimar, Nürnberg
Internet Access & Telephone
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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 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
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen I feel a little under the weather/really sick, where do I go?I feel a little under the weather/really sick, where do I go?
If you have a cold, sinus infection, etc., you may first try to get over-the-counter medicine from a pharmacy (“Apotheke”). If you decide to see a doctor, please make sure you know the procedures of your health insurance company concerning the payment of doctors' bills. You will receive a list of available doctors and the emergency room in Marburg in your welcome materials when you arrive. We can also provide you with additional information should you need it. It will be a good idea to have your bus schedule with you during your first weeks in Marburg.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How do we get around in Marburg?How do we get around in Marburg?
The public transportation system in around Marburg works very well. There are frequent buses from the different dorms to university buildings and the city center. Once you have worked out their schedules, you should be fine.
There is also the possibility to rent or buy a bicycle.
Marburg also has two train stations (Hauptbahnhof and Südbahnhof), so you can easily travel to other cities like Frankfurt.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Do I have to pay for public transportation within Marburg?Do I have to pay for public transportation within Marburg?
No, you don’t. You will receive your student ID from us upon your arrival. It can be used as a bus and train ticket from March 1/Sept. 1 onwards. You will receive a separate bus ticket for the weeks from your arrival until the student ID is valid. Please carry your bus ticket and later your student ID (the so called “Studententicket”) with you at all times, especially at night. After 8 pm you will either have to show your ticket to the driver or pay to ride the bus. Your student ID is only valid in connection with a picture ID. Please do not lend your student ID to anyone! This can be considered fraud!
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Where can I go shopping in Marburg? What about opening hours?Where can I go shopping in Marburg? What about opening hours?
Please note that all stores are closed in Germany on Sundays except for gas stations!
There are different supermarkets, hardware stores, drug stores etc. in Marburg. We will show you some and you will receive an extensive list of them when you arrive here.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Does the university offer a meal plan?Does the university offer a meal plan?
There are no meal plans at German universities.
There are several cafeterias in university buildings where you can purchase beverages and snacks. In town there are several snack bars, bakeries and fast food facilities.
Also, breakfast is available in the bistro in the nearby university cafeteria (Mensa). Lunch and dinner are served in the Mensa as well, where prices range from approx. EUR 1.50 to 4 for a full meal. The bistro and the Mensa are located in the student services center (Studentenhaus).
Please note that there are no cafeterias in the dormitories.
Included in the program fee is a small meal subsidy/food allowance: upon arrival you will be given a cafeteria debit card, and the card will be credited with EUR 50 per month. It can be used in the university facilities (cafeterias, the Mensa) to pay for food. We will explain to you how to go about using the card.
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 WiFi in my dorm room (or television/telephone)?Will I have WiFi in my dorm room (or television/telephone)?
Please be warned, the rooms do not have television or telephone.
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.
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, but if you decided to take a class held in German and figure out it is too difficult because of the language, you can drop this class and switch to another one instead. A class change is only possible after talking to the Academic Coordinator.
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
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).