International Undergraduate Study Program

International Undergraduate Study Program

International Undergraduate Study Program

Although German as a foreign language has become less commonly spoken among students around the world, students' interest in getting to know Germany and Europe during their studies has not diminished. Only a small number of German Universities offer courses in English that would meet this interest while at the same time ensuring an academic curriculum fully recognized by Universities abroad. IUSP has been designed to fill this gap. The target student for IUSP is an undergraduate from any field of study, but who is interested in German Language, Germany, and European politics with an international focus.

About Marburg

The University city of Marburg, with its history, the Old City nestled between the Lahn River and the castle, the college flair and the scenic countryside surrounding, is an attraction for visitors from near and far.

Venice is known for its thousand bridges, Marburg for its stairs and alleys. Even Jacob Grimm once said: "I believe there are more steps in the streets than in the houses.” Crooked, bumpy, angular and steep, such is Marburg's Old Upper Town . Here the medieval times are still tangible. That is also how Boris Pasternak felt: "If only this were a city! But in fact it is a medieval fairy tale!” Not without reason does Marburg lie today along the German Fairy Tale Road.


Most students who study abroad are traditionally juniors. However, students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed 24 credits. Students should complete an application to study abroad one semester before wishing to go abroad. Please stop by the Office of Global Education & Partnerships to pick up an application and ask about deadlines. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation from professors from your home university are also required. The Director of Global Education & Partnerships will then review applications and a selection will be made shortly thereafter.


The regular course load consists of an intensive German language course and a German culture and history course during the first six weeks of the semester, prior to the start of the regular IUSP semester. Students take two subject courses for the duration of the eight-week regular IUSP semester. Depending upon the successful completion of coursework, it is possible to earn up to 17 credits per semester. All courses, except the intensive German course, are taught either in English or offer English tutorials to aid students not proficient in German. No prior knowledge of the German language is required.

Typical IUSP Course Offerings:

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • English Studies
  • Geography
  • Linguistics and Language Technologies
  • Media Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • German Culture and History
  • German Language

For specific semester course offerings, visit the following website:

Housing & Meals


Program participants are housed in dormitories arranged by the university through the accommodations organization, “Studentenwerk”. Students live in the Studentendorf, which has seven buildings with a population of 800 students and is located on a wooded hillside overlooking Marburg. The American students are distributed throughout the "Dorf," so that they have the maximum opportunity for contact with German students. Students will receive their room assignments on arrival day.

The "Studentendorf" include:

  • Single rooms with a sink
  • Common kitchens and bathrooms
  • Television rooms
  • Game rooms
  • Libraries
  • Laundry facilities.
  • Bed sheets (Towels NOT included)


Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at the Mensa (cafeteria), restaurants and cafes around their university. Like most German students, IUSP participants may choose to eat lunch in the Mensa, located about a 20 minute walk from the Studentendorf or they may eat in town. Snack bars and lounges are in the Mensa and in the classroom buildings. During the semester, an evening meal is also available in the Mensa, although many students prefer to cook their own dinner (as well as breakfast) in the dormitory kitchenettes.


Students may choose to study abroad either for one semester or for a full academic year.

Fall semester: Early September - mid-December

Spring semester: Mid- February - Early June.


Studying abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal travel expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville. However, in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less. Traveling while you are abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your travel plans in financial perspective. 

To help students plan for all academic costs, the Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all official MU study abroad programs. These cost worksheets take into account all academic costs associated with studying abroad. Some of the amounts listed are estimated for budgeting purposes (airfare, meals, and living expenses); others are actual fees (tuition, passport fees, insurance, participation fees, etc.). Global Education does not provide estimates for additional personal travel.

Cost Worksheet(s):

Spring 2017 IUSP Cost Worksheet [PDF]

Fall 2016 IUSP Cost Worksheet (PDF)

Cost Overview:

Students pay MU tuition and the Millersville general and tech fees directly to Millersville.  There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee also paid directly to Millersville, due at time of application.  Students will pay IUSP directly for accommodations, a meal subsidy, and a pass for free public transportation. Prices are approximate and may be higher or lower based on IUSP program rate changes.

Additional costs include, but are not limited to, the majority of meals, a housing security deposit, passport, the student visa, airfare, airport transportation, books and supplies and incidental expenses such as laundry, personal travel or entertainment.  Please review the IUSP website for specific costs and additional expenses:

Please note that a Registration Deposit is required shortly after program acceptance to IUSP.  This deposit will be deducted from the IUSP program balance due (and is not in addition to the balance of the program fee).  The deposit should be paid either via credit card or wire transfer, however the program balance due must be paid by wire transfer only.  Please refer to the following link for detailed payment instructions:

Funding Your Experience

Students should investigate loans that may be available such as the application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships have individual regulations, and students should contact their home institution's Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarships are transferable

Please see Financial Considerations for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which help them make academic progress. Courses may fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate.  The Office of Global Education cannot provide academic advice or determine class equivalencies. 

After being accepted to study abroad, a Study Abroad Transfer of Credits Form and detailed instructions are made available to students and must be completed before a student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine potential course choices abroad and the MU equivalencies before departure.  With advisor, department, and The Office of Global Education approval, the Transfer of Credits Form can also be amended while abroad, should students choose to register for other classes that was not originally approved. 

After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, all courses taken will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for details regarding Millersville University’s transfer policy.

Courses/ Credits/ Grades

Courses and Credits:

The following courses are taken by all IUSP participants and will transfer back to Millersville, based upon the successful completion of each course, with the following credits (a maximum of 17 credits total is possible):

MU Credits

German Language Course offered at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced)

  • This will transfer back to MU as two 3.5 credit German language courses. One class will transfer back to MU as a German course/elective at whichever level the other German Language course is taken (example: 3.5 credits of GERM 101 and 3.5 credits of GERM 1XX, G1 - maximum total of 7 credits).
6 ECTS 3.5 credits each (7 total)
Introductory Course in Geography, History, Politics, Society, Economy and Europe in Germany
  • Most students transfer this course back to MU as HIST 224:  Modern Germany (G3, W).
6 ECTS 3 credits
Conversation Course (German)
  • This course will transfer back to MU as a German course/elective at whichever level the German Language course is taken (example: if you are in beginning German and your language course will transfer back as GERM 101 and GERM 1XX, then your Conversation Course will transfer back to MU as GERM 1XX - a 100 level German elective, 2XX for a 200 level elective, etc.).
1 ECTS 1 credits
Two additional courses/seminars selected from IUSP course offerings
  • These offerings will vary by semester, however all seminars are worth a maximum of 3 MU credits each
6 ECTS each

3 credits each

Credit Conversions:

The above credits are the MAXIMUM possible credits to be earned. Credits at IUSP are contingent upon attendance. Both grades and credits are variable; the quality of the assessed work will determine grades, and attendance will determine credits.

Please see the following charts to reference the attendance vs. credits award scale:

German Language Course (120 Contact Hours)
Number of Hours Course Attended ECTS Earned US Credits Earned
120-108 hours 6 7
107-94 hours 5 7
93-90 hours 4 6
89 hours or less 0 0
Culture Class & Seminars (48 Contact Hours Each)
Number of Hours Course Attended ECTS Earned US Credits Earned
48-41 hours 6 3
40-39 hours 5 2
38-37 hours 4 1
36 hours or less 0 0
Conversation Course (based on 16 contact hours)
Number of Hours Course Attended - must attend all classes ECTS Earned US Credits Earned
16 hours 1 1

Note: MU credit equivalencies are based upon ECTS credits earned - which are based upon attendance. The maximum ECTS credits per class should be used for the completion of Pre-departure Paperwork (on Resident Credits Form).


Please refer to the following IUSP website for further information regarding grades, credits and transcripts:

Grades at IUSP are awarded based upon a numerical system. The following chart is the grade conversion scale that is used: 

Grade Conversion
"Local Grade" from IUSP US Equivalent
15 A+
14 A  
13 A -
12 B+
10 B-
9 C+
7 C-
4 and below

To Apply

Refer to Global Education's home page at for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • Summer: mid-February
  • Fall: mid-February
  • Spring: mid-September
  • Year-long: mid-February

Before downloading and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.

To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage