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ISEP Exchange - Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Giessen, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Best Fit Majors: Agricultural & Extension Education, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Education, Elementary Education, General Business, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, World Languages, Literature, & Linguistics Language of Instruction: German
Program Options: Exchange Credits Earned: 12+
Program Description:
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Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Program Snapshot

Enjoy life in a city with the highest concentration of students in Germany. The university is located in the midst of rolling hills and forests just north of the major economical hub of Frankfurt. Students can choose from a wide range of courses in German or English in strong fields such as English and American studies, business and economics, psychology and sports.

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange on Semester or Academic Year program (German, English)
Option 2: ISEP-Direct in Summer: Business and Law in Biotechnology, and German language study in English

Fast Facts

Giessen, Germany (pop. 80,000)
Student Enrollment: 24,000
Language of instruction: German, English
International Pages
Courses in English
Summer Programs
Germany Country Handbook

Scholarships are available during the 2011-12 Academic Year!

More information about the ISEP Annette Kade Scholarship for Study in Germany (for students applying to full-year & semester one programs).

More information about The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship


The university town of Giessen is located 60 km north of Frankfurt, in the midst of pleasant countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and forests. Historic buildings and modern construction are the center of this conference and retail center. The university administration building is situated in downtown Giessen, not far from the Liebig science museum, the city theater and the botanical gardens. The university also owns a 19th-century castle which is often used for meetings and special programs.

Program Type

Academic year or semester exchanges only
Summer ISEP-Direct only

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Program Dates

Academic year: early October to July;
Semester 1: early October to February;
Semester 2: early April to July.


Agriculture, Home and Food Economics, Environmental Management; Biology and Chemistry (botany, chemistry [inorganic, organic, physical, solid-state], ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant physiology, zoology); Economics and Management; History and Cultural Studies (ancient & modern history, archaeology, art history, East European history, oriental studies [includes Arabic & Persian], theology); Language, Literature and Culture (English [literature & linguistics, TEFL], Romance languages & cultures [French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish], Eastern European languages & cultures [Polish, Russian], German [literature & linguistics, comparative literary studies, teaching German as a foreign language], theater arts); Law; Mathematics, Information Science, Physics and Geography (geoecology, geomorphology, physics [atomic, nuclear, solid-state], regional planning, theoretical plasma & biophysics); Psychology and Sports (psychology [developmental/social, scientific & empirical methods, work/organisational], sport education, sport medicine & history, training sciences); Social and Cultural Studies (art & music education, education, politics, sociology, special education); Centers (computer, international development & environmental studies, philosophy, radiation, regional development, tropical research).

Courses taught in English

Giessen offers some courses in English every semester in the following fields: Law; Social Sciences; Psychology and Sport Science; Business and Economics; Language, Literature and Cultural Studies; Mathematics, Computer Science , Natural Sciences.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Graduate courses are available to ISEP students.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls. A stipend is provided that covers costs for housing and meals. Housing is also available for couples, but both have to be enrolled as exchange students.


Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English.

Students have the option to be picked up at the train station by a student "Study Buddy." Students should try to arrive between Monday and Friday during working hours.

Orientation programs are given by the international office in conjunction with local students, individual departments, and the city of Giessen. ISEP office and home students. Students will have the chance to ask logistical and organizational questions and be given a local tour. Individual orientations can be set up for students arriving outside of the normal orientation time.

Student Activities

Giessen lies in the heart of Hesse and is surrounded by the romantic Lahn valley and rolling tree-topped hills while offering a broad range of cultural programs at the same time. Whether you like water skiing on the nearby lakes, paddling or rowing on the Lahn River, roaming the nature reserves and recreational areas in the Vogelsberg and Wetterau, visiting medieval castles and villages, or whether you prefer the cinema, theatre, and museums - Giessen and environs have it all. We trust that you will feel quite at ease in Giessen, and wish you a profitable and stimulating stay! Every year, JLU's International Student Advisory Office organizes numerous interesting excursions designed to give you the opportunity to learn more about Germany and explore new locations. To ensure that you get a place on excursions of your choice, and to help us with our planning, please give us sufficient advance notice. To obtain further information or to sign on to excursions, just drop by during Frau Hapelt"s counselling hours in the International Student Advisory Board. Her office is in the Goethestrasse 58, room 37.

Excursions 2010

We will also try to arrange a student mentor to assist you directly upon your arrival. This Study Buddy Programme was very recently launched by our office. "Study Buddies" are German students who are familiar with Giessen and the university's structures and will give international students a helping hand during their first semester.


The university, which dates back to 1607, is one of the traditional universities of the German-speaking countries. It offers a combination of theoretical and applied learning and research in natural, social, and philological sciences unique in the country. Facilities are in mini-campuses throughout town. Total enrollment: 24,000 (1,850 international students).

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.