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Spring Semester

APPROXIMATE DATES: Spring:  usually early January to late May

For  students of German, who seek to live the language they are learning, who seek language education that transcends the boundaries of the classroom,  the spring semester in Marburg offers the opportunity to experience Germany and especially the Philipps-Universität along with the atmosphere and beauty of one of Germany’s oldest university towns. Strengthen your knowledge of Germany and increase your proficiency in German while studying with outstanding language instructors. Enjoy living in the university community and having daily association with German students. Marburg’s central location makes it ideal for trips to other German cities (e.g. Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Cologne, Aachen) and other regions.

Application Deadline: April 1, for guaranteed consideration; though late applications are very often accepted. Please check with the Office of International Education for available space.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from all disciplines with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.  A minimum of six college semesters (German 314) or its equivalent is preferred; students with four college level semesters (German 212) may be accepted pending approval of the UWSP Foreign Language Department.


Cost Includes:

  • Full semester program
  • Intensive German language classes: 20 hours per week. This program is designed for students who have a GENUINE interest in learning the German language.
  • Train transfer on arrival, from  Frankfurt International Airport to Marburg.
  • Accommodations in student dormitories at Philipps Universität – Marburg.
  • Three excursions from Marburg to cities such as Weimar, Eisenach, Frankfurt, or Heidelberg.
  • UWSP full-time tuition for Wisconsin Residents (Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity, surcharge for other out-of-staters is only $1000.)
  • Local transportation: bus/tram pass for all Marburg/Hessen. Transportation to Marburg is provided.
  • UW-System mandatory health insurance.

Plan your budget to cover airfare*, passport and personal travel/expenses.

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A minimum of 12 credits in upper-level German courses.*  This generally includes, but is not limited to German 314 - Intermediate or 345 - Advanced German Composition and Conversation, 420 Phonetics, 340 Introduction to German Literature and 481 German Culture & Civilization.  Classes are taught in German, but keeping in mind that you are still learning the language.  This is a serious academic program and you will be integrated in the on-going language courses at the Philipps-Universität for foreign students who plan to continue their studies in Germany.

*NOTE:  You will be given a placement exam upon arrival.  Regardless of the results, you will receive credit for the next sequential German course in which you would have enrolled at UWSP. Instructional staff in Marburg may not advise you on matters having to do with registration and credits earned. All such matters are exclusively handled by the UWSP Department of World Languages & Literature.

Academic Leaders

For academic advising please see the the following UWSP faculty:

Dr. Tobias Barske,

Dr. Thomas Leek,

Sample Core Class List


GERMAN 314. Intermediate Composition.  3 cr. Prereq: 212, or by placement exam.

GERMAN 345. Advanced Conversation and Composition (formerly 317). 3 cr. Subtitle will designate focus. Prereq: 313 and 314, or consent of the Foreign Language Department Chair.

GERMAN 340. Introduction to German Literature.  3 cr. Intensive reading, methods of literary analysis of various genres; introduction to fundamental techniques of literary criticism. Subtitle will designate area. May repeat ONCE for credit with a different subtitle. Prereq: 313 and 314 or consent of the Foreign Language Department Chair. GDR:HU2

GERMAN 420. Phonetics and Diction (formerly 320). 3 cr. Prereq: 212, or by placement exam.

GERMAN 481. German Culture and Civilization (formerly 381). 3 cr. “Bundesrepublik Deutschland.” Subtitle will designate focus. May repeat for credit with different subtitle. Prereq: 340 or consent of the Foreign Language Department Chair. GDR:HU4


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