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Marburg, Germany Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. For all tracks, you also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. 
  • For the regular exchange, you need to have completed a minimum of four semesters of University-level German (German 202).
  • The IGSP requires a minimum of three semesters of university-level German (German 201)
  • The IUSP does not require previous Germany study.
You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. 


You are strongly encouraged to meet with your faculty advisor (if declared German minors or majors) or a faculty member in the German section to discuss which program track best fits your current German level, your degree plan, course equivalencies and potential substitutions before applying for the program.  
Study in English Options:
IUSP: Fall or Spring Semesters or Academic Year, 12-18 credits/semester
The IUSP offers six weeks of intensive German classes offered at three levels, along with a German culture course (UWEC equivalency:  geography lower division elective, LE K2 & R2),  followed by a selection of university academic courses . Classes are offered in German and English, but all of the German courses include a tutorial in English that is designed to enable all IUSP students to attend, regardless of their German proficiency level. For more information go to Choose "Program Information" on the top toolbar, then "Academic Curriculum" on the left sidebar to find course descriptions from previous semesters.

Past offerings have included courses in Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Theology, Peace & Conflict Studies, and Linguistics.
Study in German Options:
IGSP:  Spring Semester Only, 15-18 credits
The IGSP is divided into three distinct academic sections:  the first two focus on intensive language study, the final one on literature. There are five possible levels (Stufen) of language courses. Please note that even Stufe 1 assumes the equivalent of about 400 previous hours of language study, it is NOT a beginning level. In the past, most UW-Eau Claire students have placed into either Stufe 1 or 2.
Regular Exchange: Full Academic Year or Spring Semester Only, 12-18 credits/semester
If you are a student of German, ready to take courses in German, great!--you can consider any of the PU-Marburg courses for which you have the pre-requisites. You should also plan to take the pre-semester intensive German course, which functions as an orientation to the German university system, at no extra charge. Because German universities publish class schedules only a few months before the semester begins, you will need to be flexible with your course schedule. 

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

If you have completed GERM 201, you will earn:
German 202 (3 credits)
German 313 (3 credits)
German 314 (3 credits)
German 340 (3 credits)
3 credits of upper-division (300-) German electives
If you have completed GERMAN 202, you will earn:
German 313 (3 credits)
German 314 (3 credits)
German 340 (3 credits)
6 credits of upper-level (300-) German electives

The 15 credits that you earn by successfully completing the program will count as required courses and/or electives in fulfillment of a German minor or major.  Specifics will depend on individual degree plans and will be determined in the prep-program advising sessions with German faculty.

Equivalencies for students, who have already taken 300 level courses at UW-Eau Claire will be established on a case-by-case basis. [Both 313 and 314 may be retaken for credit.]  Please consult a German faculty member to discuss your specific situation.

You can also take an optional 3-credit German culture course for a small additional fee.  The course is taught in English, transfers back as a 3-credit geography elective, LD GE3.LEK2R2, and will count as the additional course that all German Liberal Arts and Education majors are required to take outside of the major.
IUSP and Regular Exchange:
Uni Marburg only publishes class schedules a few months before the semester begins. Therefore, if you choose the IUSP or regular exchange, you will need to be flexible with your course selection. For detailed information, see the MARBURG COURSES and COURSE EQUIVALENCIES handout
The USING TRANSFER WIZARD handout explains how to find classes, and how to understand what you are seeing. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

The IUSP runs on a calendar compatible with the US academic calendar (late August-December for fall; February-June for spring).  Therefore, you can attend the IUSP for either semester or the full academic year.   

The regular exchange runs on the German university calendar.  Because the German fall term runs from through February, you cannot choose the regular exchange for fall only.  You can do the regular exchange for the full academic year (September-July) or the spring semester (March-July).

The IGSP is only offered in the spring and runs from early January through late May.

Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.