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Hessen, Germany Exchange Program

 

Location Description

Hessen is international, open-minded, but also deeply rooted in its heritage and history. Frankfurt is a fast developing European metropolis, but just one hour away lies untouched wilderness in places such as Odenwald, Taunus or Vogelsberg. More densely forested than any other German state, Hessen is known for the richly varied scenery of the Mittelgebirge (central mountain range). This ranges from heath lands and ancient forests to upland moors, lakes and rivers. In winter, the region offers enticing snow-covered slopes and cross-country ski trails. In summer, the delightful woods and valleys can be explored on foot, on horseback, by boat or by bicycle. From Kassel to Darmstadt and from Fulda to Wiesbaden, the cities of Hessen are unique in their cultural offerings and architecture.

Program Description

The Hessen Exchange Program is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts system and the parallel public higher education institutions in Hessen, Germany to enhance academic development by exchange of both students and faculty members. One opportunity for College of Management students is the Hessen International Summer Universities program. Participants may choose to study at any of the five Hessen Institutions at Kassel, Frankfurt, Fulda, Giessen, and Marburg. Each institute concentrates on different disciplines which are detailed in the table below. Most classes during the summer exchange program are taught in English. Some of the business courses in Summer program 2010 include “The European Union – Challenges in Times of Instability” in Frankfurt, “Intellectual Property Law and Business in Biotechnology – European Opportunities” in Giessen, and “Colorful Europe: Local Cultures and Small Countries” in Marburg. Another component of the Hessen agreement occurs during the academic year when a number of bilingual or English taught courses are available, as well as the full range of academic offerings in German. UMass students will pay UMass tuition and fees when taking part in the academic year program. If you are interested in a long-term (a semester or a year-long) study abroad experience, contact Lurlene Van Buren (Coordinator of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs) at 617-287-3961 or 617-287-5586 or e-mail to Lurlene.Vanburen@umb.edu.

Eligibility

This exchange is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. The undergraduate students must be sophomore level or above to be eligible. The students that successfully complete the program can earn 3 to 6 credits.

Application and Dates

The Hessen International Summer Universities program for 2010 runs from June 19 – July 17 or July 17/19 to August 14. The application deadline is April 1.

Program Costs

The Hessen program costs $900.00 and covers tuition and housing. Students are responsible for airfare and meals.

Hessen International Summer Universities Overview

Location Program Program Dates Language Cost
Kassel, Germany Environment & Technology Modules, Engineering Modules, German History & Politics, Intercultural Communication, Intensive German Language Courses June 19 – July 17, 2010 English $900 (incl. tuition and housing); students pay airfare & meals
Frankfurt, Germany "The European Union – Challenges in Times of Instability" July 18 – August 14, 2010 English $900 (incl. tuition and housing); students pay airfare & meals
Fulda, Germany Culture and Society: Intercultural Communication, social work, Health and Nutrition: Music Therapy, Stress Management, Public Health, Marketing, German Language and Culture, Workshops in the fields of German Cooking, Dancing, Sports, Theatre, Exciting Activities and Excursions to Berlin, Munich and Heidelberg July 17 – August 14, 2010 English $900 (incl. tuition and housing); students pay airfare & meals
Giessen, Germany "Intellectual Property Law and Business in Biotechnology – European Opportunities" The interdisciplinary course covers: Business, Health, Law, Ethics, Natural Sciences, German Language Courses, Study Tours, Exciting Cultural and Leisure Program July 17 – August 14, 2010 English $900 (incl. tuition and housing); students pay airfare & meals
Frankfurt, Germany "Colorful Europe: Local Cultures and Small Countries" July 19 – August 14, 2010 English $900 (incl. tuition and housing); students pay airfare & meals