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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

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. 



Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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