• Home
  • Semester or Year in Germany

Semester or Year in Germany

Semester or Year in Germany
Spend a semester or academic year in Germany through ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht.
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program

ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht are total immersion programs. In most cases, ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

For more information on ISEP sites in Germany, click here: ISEP Germany

For more information on MAUI-Utrecht sites in Germany, click here: Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Universität Leipzig

Collins Scholarship available. See Further Reading below for more information.



Program Summary: 

"A Time to Make Friends" is Germany’s motto as host of the 2006 Soccer World Cup. It simultaneously describes one of the biggest benefits of the many immersion programs available to ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht students in Germany.

Germany’s diversity is best explored by experiencing the country firsthand, the old and the new: gothic cathedrals vs. 21st century skyscrapers; Oktoberfest, Carnival and Christkindl markets vs. the Documenta art fair and Love Parade; soccer worship vs. the deep appreciation for museums, opera houses, theater and literature.

Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Population: 81.8 million
Official Language: German
Capital: Berlin
Largest Cities: Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt
Currency: Euro

An ISEP student’s costs to Germany include the following:

  • A program fee determined by and paid to your home institution (check with home institution)
  • A placement fee charged by ISEP
  • Health insurance (German National + ISEP MEDEX/MER)
  • Travel, passport and visa fees
  • Books and pocket money
  • Fees of optional study tours

The eight ISEP member universities in Germany are located in 5 of the Federal Republic’s 16 Länder (states) and offer a large variety of excellent academic programs as well as intensive German language courses.

Chances of placement in Germany are generally excellent. Students are encouraged to be flexible and to select as many study sites as possible. Students should indicate on their ISEP application if they wish to enroll in a language course prior to or during the exchange.

A MAUI-Utrecht student's costs to Germany include the following:

  • A program fee determined by and paid to your home institution (check with home institution)
  • Health insurance 
  • Travel, passport and visa fees
  • Books and pocket money
  • Social/Transportation fee

MAUI-Utrecht has two programs located in Germany: one in Bochum and one in Leipzig

Academic Information: 

ISEP Program Options:

Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Karlshochschule International University
Katholische Universität Eichstätt - Ingolstadt
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
Technische Universität Dortmund
Universität Bielefeld
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Universität Trier

MAUI-Utrecht Program Options:

Ruhr Universität Bochum​
Universität Leipzig

For the MAUI-Utrecht programs, most classes will be taught in German, but there are a few majors that include courses instructed in English. For Ruhr in Bochum, only English and American Studies are taught in English, but there may be a few classes in other disciplines that are taught in English as well. For more information, click on this link: International Course Catalog. For the university in Leipzig, only American Studies and the International Physics Studies Program are instructed in English. 

Further Reading: 

Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship
Fund created by estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins. Awards up to $10,000 for students on semester or $20,000 for year long programs to Germany.  Open to all majors but preference for students studying music and particularly opera. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CollinsScholarship​


For more information:
Please contact Charlie Ambrose for more information at chambrose@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. (ISEP)

Please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore for more information at jmhunter@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. (MAUI-Utrecht)

For more information regarding costs and deadlines, please contact the program coordinator. 



Summer 2021 programs now accepting applications !

Winter Break Info Session Schedule

Study Abroad & Global Engagement physical office will be closed for walkin traffic from Nov 20th - January 15th. However, we are still open virtually! 

NOTE: Our staff will be unable to meet virtually beginning on Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 as SAGE will be closed during this time. 

Study Abroad Information & Advising
Our office is available to help you with your study abroad questions.
  Book a virtual appointment. 

Study Abroad Financial E-Advising
Personalized financial aid & scholarship advising Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM,
Book a virtual appointment.


Follow KU Study Abroad


Jayhawks Abroad Blog

Study Abroad Events
IIE Generation Study Abroad Partner

9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times